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9:50 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 …
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
For Hillary's Campaign, It's Been a Class Struggle  —  Maria Shriver sure has great hair.  Stepping up to the microphone at a girl-power rally in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, California's first lady tossed her tawny tresses with authority and instructed Golden State women to vote for Sen. Barack …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, The RBC and Eschaton
New York Observer:
Stumping for Clinton, Steinem Says McCain's P.O.W. Cred Is Overrated  —  AUSTIN, Texas—Feminist icon Gloria Steinem took to the stump on Hillary Clinton's behalf here last night and quickly proved that she has lost none of her taste for provocation.  —  From the stage, the 73-year-old seemed …
Discussion: Don Surber and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Why we sued the phone company
Washington Post:
Bush Moves to Shield Telecommunications Firms
Discussion: US Politics
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama: Clinton should have read more in 2002  —  WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Responding to comments made by Hillary Clinton earlier today in the same town, Barack Obama had his shots ready when he arrived at a high school gymnasium for a Sunday afternoon event.  —  “Sen. Clinton continues to insist …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton: ‘A fighter, a doer and a champion’
Discussion: The Politico
John McCormick / The Swamp:
In Ohio, Barack Obama talks about clean energy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Fact Hub
Byron York / The Corner:
Wes Clark: McCain Doesn't Have the Right Kind of Military Experience To Be Commander-in-Chief  —  On a just-finished conference call in which retired military leaders endorsed Hillary Clinton to be commander in chief, retired General Wesley Clark said John McCain's military experience …
Discussion: Power Line, TBogg and Blogs For Victory
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Hillary on “Saturday Night Live.”  —  I think Hillary does a pretty good job of delivering her lines (even if she reveals unfamiliarity with this show by getting the catchphrase “It's Saturday night” wrong).  I've put up the video for the lead-in sketch too, but I only watched part of it.
Shailagh Murray / The Trail:
Obama Throws Away the Script  —  NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Speeches?  What speeches?  —  In the final days before March 4, Sen. Barack Obama isn't delivering many stirring addresses, those hope-filled stemwinders that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has dismissed as long on rhetoric and short on facts.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Defining Obama's Mandate  —  As I wrote in the post below this one, Obama appears to be successfully sending out dog whistles to both progressive activists and to center-right, elite media disciples of High Broderism.  The combined effect is a tremendous boon for his campaign …
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
‘9/11 attacks made up, ’ says French best actress Oscar-winner  —  Actress Marion Cotillard sparked a political row yesterday after accusing America of fabricating the 9/11 attacks.  —  The 32-year-old French actress, who received an Oscar last month for her performance as singer Edith Piaf …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Problems back home?  —  SAN ANTONIO — With increasing frequency, Republicans are taking aim at Sen. Barack Obama as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton faces an uphill fight to keep her presidential hopes alive.  And several people from Chicago connected to Obama — with the major figure …
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
Clinton “Ringing Phone” Ad Similar to Mondale's in 1984 — Reflects, Doesn't Invent, Democratic Voter Concerns Already Seen in Polling Data  —  Several days ago I posted a blog citing Gallup and USA Today data showing that Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are virtually tied in a race …
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Tax Returns to Be Released April 15  —  Clinton and Obama's Top Strategists Clash Over Financial Disclosures  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is poised to release her tax returns “on or around April 15,” Clinton's communications director Howard Wolfson said in an exclusive “This Week” …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain, grill master supreme  —  SEDONA, Ariz. - It was a busy weekend of socializing and tending to the grill for Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.  —  Today, he invited reporters covering his campaign to his cabin for a barbecue.
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
N.Y. TIMES ON OBAMA AND THE JEWS: The Times today has a story about Obama and the Jews.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama To Put Conservatives in Cabinet
Fox News:
FNS w/ Chris Wallace
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Howard Dean - John McCain Is “A Flawed Candidate”
David Mark / The Politico:
Obama slow to gain among Catholics
Discussion: Political Machine
The Chronicle:
UC-Berkeley Negotiating Deal with Saudi University
Rasmussen Reports:
New Jersey 2008 Presidential Election
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “liberal” position on the Surveillance State
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
US military kills al-Qaida leader
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove: Iraq Redeployment Would Cause Oil Prices To Skyrocket To $200 A Barrel
Adi Schwartz / Haaretz:
Independent expert: IDF bullets didn't kill Mohammed al-Dura
New York Times:
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