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5:50 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 …
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
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary vs. the Media, on SNL
Discussion: AMERICAblog and CNN
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: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Page
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.
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.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
New Jersey 2008 Presidential Election  —  New Jersey: Obama-McCain a Toss-Up  —  In New Jersey, Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit advantage over John McCain in an early look at the race for the Garden State's 15 Electoral College votes.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
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: protein wisdom and Harry's Place
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 and Blogs For Victory
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Open Left
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back
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