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5:50 PM ET, March 1, 2008

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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 …
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Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton belittles Obama as ‘a lot of talk, little action’  —  FT. WORTH, Texas—Democrat Hillary Clinton made it clear to reporters aboard her campaign plane today that in the final days of the Texas-Ohio delegate spectacular, her focus will remain on portraying herself as stronger than Barack Obama on national security.
Spiegel Online:
Obama Calls for Help from NATO Allies in Afghanistan  —  US presidential candidate Barack Obama began sketching his position toward Europe on the campaign trail this week.  He said the US needs more support from its NATO allies in Afghanistan and implied Germany should lift its ban on combat operations in the dangerous south.
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Left Coaster
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Adds Nato and Europe to Campaign Speeches  —  After last week's debate when Barack Obama acknowledged he hadn't held a single hearing on Nato and Afghanistan during his year as chair of the European Affairs subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee because he was running for President …
Anna Johnson / Associated Press:
Ahmadinejad on historic Iraq trip  —  BAGHDAD - President Bush's last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base.  Eight hours later he left, after Iraq's leaders traveled to meet him there.  —  In sharp contrast, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and USS Neverdock
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Associated Press:
U.S. Military Arrests Man in Training Iraq Women for Bombing Missions
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Judge Reverses His Order Disabling Web Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Friday withdrew his earlier order disabling a Web site that allows the anonymous posting of documents to discourage unethical behavior in governments and corporations.  —  On Feb. 15, the judge …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Discourse.net
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mondale's Red Phone Ad  —  Clinton always plagiarizes, doesn't she?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Karen Kwiatkowski / The Huffington Post:
War is Good, Isn't It?  —  We have three wardogs in the race for the White House.  Obama — while supporting continued threats to the Middle East and military action in Sudan — seems the most peaceful in intent and current actions.  Hillary is both shrill and angry, and McCain is all that and more.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Rhetoric: High; Anxiety: Low  —  WASHINGTON — The warnings from President Bush and his senior aides have grown more urgent over the last few weeks, now that Congress has let a temporary wiretapping law expire.  But there is little sign of anxiety among many intelligence and phone industry officials.
Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Funds' Fire Sales Send Muni-Bond Yields To Historic High Levels  —  Months of turmoil in the municipal-bond market, long a placid haven for individual investors, reached a boiling point Friday — as hedge funds were forced to unwind complicated bets and in the process dump billions of dollars of the securities.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton's mail  —  The late mail in Texas and Ohio is more or less the series of attacks we've seen, with some variation, since Iowa — attacks on Obama on policy issues like health care, credit cards and energy policy.  —  No scary new security mailings to accompany that new ad, at least not yet.
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS
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 …
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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
'72 McGovern Team Rallies for One of Its Own: Clinton
Cincinnati Enquirer:
Enquirer endorses Obama on Democratic side
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama's Visit to the Border
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
This Is London:
TERROR TARGET HARRY ARRIVES BACK IN BRITAIN AS AL QAEDA THREATENS …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Bloomberg Steps In to Help G.O.P. in Albany Fight
Discussion: Daily Kos and Cogitamus
Jennifer Leahy / Houston Chronicle:
Early Harris County voting for primary turnout ‘unprecedented’
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Guns, anarchy text found in room with ricin
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Bailing Out Barack  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supporters …
Terry Teachout / Wall Street Journal:
Five Myths, Direct From Pyongyang
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Dutch public broadcaster gives up idea of “violent Bible” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Neptunus Lex
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008
Discussion: bustardblog
Rick / PoliTex:
Clinton camp tries to change expectations