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12:45 PM ET, March 1, 2008

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Pregnant Pause  —  It was, in this reporter's opinion, the most interesting moment in today's Clinton campaign phoner with reporters.  Responding to the release of HRC's new TX TV ad, which asserts in no subtle terms that only she has the experience to deal with a major world crisis, and …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Amateur Hour  —  Slate's John Dickerson asks an obvious question …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Marc Ambinder:
The Daily Five — Goolsbee Gate Continues
Discussion: Trailhead and Roger L. Simon
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Why are the letters ‘NIG’ on the child's pajamas?”  —  Asks a commenter — “Tom” — on my post about the new Hillary Clinton commercial, the one that shows several children sleeping and then Clinton taking a national security phone call in the middle of the night.
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle Poll - Democrats Locked in Tight Races: Clinton Closes on Obama in Texas; Pair Deadlocked in Ohio  —  Republican John McCain retains wide leads in Ohio and Texas in advance of Tuesday's primaries  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Hillary Clinton stemmed her losses …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Of Ohio, Texas and Onion Dip  —  It's all up to Texas and Ohio!  —  Everything — the Democratic nomination, the fate of the presidency, the solution to global warming, the next American Idol — hinges on Tuesday's primaries.  Texas and Ohio rule!  —  O.K., and Rhode Island and Vermont.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
On the Press Bus, Some Questions Over Favoritism  —  On the bus ferrying a group of reporters to an appearance by Senator Barack Obama at Ohio State University on Wednesday, Lee Cowan, the NBC reporter assigned to the campaign, was asked the media question of the week: Had journalists …
Matt Browner Hamlin / Hold Fast:
Potential Deal Could Assure Retroactive Immunity  —  This is from last night's Congress Daily PM dispatch by Chris Strohm and Christian Bourge: … This is not a good sign.  If Title I and Title II of the Senate-passed Intelligence Committee bill are voted on separately in the House …
Discussion: Hot Air, Redstate and Wake up America
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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Guns, anarchy text found in room with ricin  —  LV police say terrorism not motive despite discovery  —  The Las Vegas hotel suite where vials of ricin were found Thursday also contained guns and literature about anarchy with information on the deadly toxin, police said Friday.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008  —  What he fought for.  —  Here's one measure of the man and the scope of his achievement: No serious historian will be able to write about 20th-century America without discussing Bill Buckley.  Before Buckley, there was no conservative movement.
Discussion: The Corner
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Michelle Tsai / Slate:
Why Did William F. Buckley Jr. Talk Like That?
Discussion: American Spectator and MoJoBlog
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Aide Resigns After Admitting Plagiarism  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime aide to President Bush who wrote occasional guest columns for his hometown newspaper resigned on Friday evening after admitting that he had repeatedly plagiarized from other writers.  —  The White House called his actions unacceptable.
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Dutch public broadcaster gives up idea of “violent Bible” film to counter Wilders' violent Qur'an film  —  This is rich: Dutch public broadcaster KRO was planning a film on the violent passages of the Bible, which get trotted out on a routine basis, as if they prove something about the violent passages …
Discussion: Hot Air
Terry Teachout / Wall Street Journal:
Five Myths, Direct From Pyongyang  —  What Not to Think About the Philharmonic Concert  —  Now that the New York Philharmonic has paid its long-awaited visit to North Korea, the floodtide of justificatory gush has begun.  Lorin Maazel, the orchestra's music director, intoned that …
Democracy Now:
EXCLUSIVE-The Three Trillion Dollar War: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Economist Linda Bilmes on the True Cost of the US Invasion and Occupation of Iraq  —  One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book puts a conservative estimate of the war's cost at $3 trillion so far.
Discussion: Open Left and The Newshoggers
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A LETTER TO 60 MINUTES  —  I'm a latecomer to the controversy over the 60 Minutes story on the supposed machinations of Karl Rove to take down former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  CBS has posted the story here.  —  On its face, the segment is a remarkably thin piece of work …
Office of the Speaker / The Gavel:
Pelosi Response to Administration Decision Not to Enforce Contempt Citations of Miers and Bolten  —  February 29th, 2008 by Office of the Speaker  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to a letter she received late this afternoon …
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stephenbainbridge.com:
Dogs and Fleas  —  Glenn Greenwald has done yeoman work in exposing anti-Catholic bigot Pastor John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain and the latter's refusal to disavow the endorsement.  I agree that McCain should reject Hagee's endorsement.  You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
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