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3:50 PM ET, March 2, 2008


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Charlotte Allen / Washington Post:
We Scream, We Swoon.  How Dumb Can We Get?  —  Here's Agence France-Presse reporting on a rally for Sen. Barack Obama at the University of Maryland on Feb. 11: “He did not flinch when women screamed as he was in mid-sentence, and even broke off once to answer a female's cry of 'I love you …
Matthew Yglesias:
Math is Hard!  —  Like Spencer Ackerman, I'm having trouble believing this was actually published — it's a long argument by Charlotte Allen in The Washington Post in favor of the proposition that women are dumb.  That's no exaggeration, that's what the piece is about.  Plus: frenology:
The Huffington Post:
Live, From New York...It's Hillary Clinton!  —  Saturday Night Live opened tonight with a fake presidential debate hosted by mock Brian Williams and Tim Russert.  Williams and Russert were bored by healthcare and were overly nice to Obama, while Amy Poehler, as Hillary Clinton, played mildly indignant.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton and Giuliani, Live From New York  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on “Saturday Night Live” with her doppelganger, Amy Poehler.  (Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC, via Associated Press)  —  LANCASTER, Ohio - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped off the campaign trail …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary vs. the Media, on SNL
Discussion: AMERICAblog and CNN
The Trail:
Clinton Skips Flight; Campaign Won't Say Why
Discussion: The Caucus and The Moderate Voice
Live from New York, it's Hillary Clinton?
Discussion: Althouse, NO QUARTER and Booman Tribune
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove: Iraq Redeployment Would Cause Oil Prices To Skyrocket To $200 A Barrel  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, former White House adviser Karl Rove claimed that redeployment from Iraq would cause oil prices to shoot to $200 a barrel: … Watch it:  —  Occupying Iraq has hardly helped oil prices stay low.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
INDEMNIFICATION....As we all know, the Bush adminstration is hellbent on passing a law granting telecom companies retroactive immunity for any surveillance laws they may have broken in the aftermath of 9/11.  But there's an odd aspect to this whole thing: the telecom companies themselves …
Washington Post:   Bush Moves to Shield Telecommunications Firms
Mohammed Abbas / Reuters:
Iran leader's Iraq visit eclipses US, Arab ties  —  Pomp and ceremony greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his arrival in Iraq on Sunday, the fanfare a stark contrast to the rushed and secretive visits of his bitter rival U.S. President George W. Bush.
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
US military kills al-Qaida leader  —  BAGHDAD - A U.S. military helicopter fired a guided missile to kill a wanted al-Qaida in Iraq leader from Saudi Arabia who was responsible for the bombing deaths of five American soldiers, a spokesman said Sunday.  —  U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory Smith …
Dallas Morning News:
We recommend Mike Huckabee  —  A vote for Huckabee is a vote for GOP's future  —  Whatever Texas Republican primary voters do Tuesday, John McCain is all but guaranteed to be the party's presidential nominee.  It is mathematically impossible for Mike Huckabee, the last remaining major GOP contender, to capture the nomination.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “liberal” position on the Surveillance State  —  It's periodically worthwhile to take note of just how far to the Right our political establishment has shifted over the last couple of decades, and few issues reveal that shift as clearly as the debate over warrantless government spying.
Adi Schwartz / Haaretz:
Independent expert: IDF bullets didn't kill Mohammed al-Dura  —  A report presented to a French court last week by an independent ballistics expert maintains that the death of Mohammed al-Dura, a Palestinian child seen being shot in the Gaza Strip during the first days of the intifada in September 2000 …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Associated Press:
Chavez sends troops to Colombia border  —  Venezuelan leader warns neighbor's action against rebels could lead to war  —  A Venezuelan soldier patrols a checkpoint near the border with Colombia on Friday.  Colombia's leftist rebels have increasingly obtained refuge in Venezuela as President Hugo Chavez …
Discussion: Hot Air
Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
A level playing field for cities  —  FROM ATHENIAN philosophers to Florentine painters to Chicago architects, cities have long been wellsprings of collaborative invention.  In the past, urban creativity was an interesting sideshow, not the main economic event, but today …
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Is a Lean Economy Turning Mean?
Discussion: ParaPundit
John McCormick / The Swamp:
In Ohio, Barack Obama talks about clean energy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Amanda / Think Progress:
Matalin Blames The Media For Americans' Economic Insecurity
Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Ohioans like Clinton but see Obama as president
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andy / Siberian Light:
Liveblogging the Russian Presidential Election
Washington Post:
U.N. Says Iran May Not Have Come Clean on Nuclear Past
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama: A Thin Record For a Bridge Builder
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Poll: Nearly Half Of Dems Say Media Is Harder On Hillary
Discussion: Open Left
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New York Times:
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back
Jay Root / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Poll shows Dems tied in Texas
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Yon:
Friday with Ambassador  —  From Dr. Moayad, an Iraqi cardiologist in South Baghdad:
Discussion: The Corner
Frank Rich / New York Times:
McCain Channels His Inner Hillary
Hindrocket / Power Line: