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4:15 AM ET, March 2, 2008

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Spends Heavily to Seek Knockout Blow  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio —Taking advantage of his huge financial edge, Senator Barack Obama is buying large amounts of advertising and building extensive get-out-the-vote operations in Ohio and Texas in an effort to deal Hillary Rodham Clinton twin defeats …
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The Trail:
Clinton Skips Flight; Campaign Won't Say Why  —  DALLAS — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has disappeared from the campaign trail, and her campaign plane, with no explanation.  —  Clinton did not show up for this afternoon's flight from Dallas to Columbus, Ohio, and campaign spokesman Doug Hattaway …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Live from New York, it's Hillary Clinton?  —  (CNN) — Days before a crucial set of primaries, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to make a surprise appearance on this week's “Saturday Night Live,” an entertainment industry source tells CNN.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Booman Tribune
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Clinton leads Obama in Ohio - barely: 47% to 43%  —  Ohio Democratic voters are nearly split over their choice for president, according to new Plain Dealer poll that shows Hillary Clinton clinging to a 4 percentage point lead over Barack Obama in Ohio, 47 percent to 43 percent.
CNN:
Hillary Clinton expected to make surprise SNL appearance  —  (CNN) - Days before a crucial set of primaries, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live tonight, an entertainment industry source tells CNN.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
Peter Allen / Telegraph:
Marion Cotillard's 9/11 conspiracy theory  —  Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard was facing embarrasment with her new American public last night after it emerged that she doubted the official account of the September 11 attacks.  —  The 32-year-old French star has swept this year's best actress awards …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Media Expert Decries Campaign Coverage  —  DALLAS (AP) - The founder of a prestigious institute on media and politics added his voice Saturday to the chorus of complaint over perceived press bias in favor of Democrat Barack Obama.  —  Walter Shorenstein, a prominent San Francisco-based real …
Discussion: Lonewacko and Don Surber
Jerusalem Post:
Abbas: IDF action worse than Holocaust  —  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas labeled Israel's actions to counter the constant firing of rockets into the Gaza Strip “worse than the Holocaust.”  —  Abbas said that Israel's response to the continuous bombardment of western Negev towns …
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barnstorming Obama plans to pick Republicans for cabinet  —  As he jets across two key states whipping up the support that could finish off Hillary Clinton this week, the Democratic frontrunner is already mapping out a government of all the talents.  Our writer joins him aboard Obama One
Discussion: TalkLeft and StephenBainbridge.com
Rebecca Walker / The Huffington Post:
Feminist Infighting  —  There is a lot of discussion about “feminist in-fighting” of late, spurred by the election.  Jessica Valenti of Feministing.com is doing a piece on the subject for The Nation.  Here is my response to her query:  —  1. The fact is there have always been many …
Discussion: American Street and Too Sense
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
House Democrats may move to split spy bill  —  Under pressure to end an impasse over espionage legislation, House Democrats are considering a plan to vote on a bill next week that would give the government broad new eavesdropping authorities but strip out a provision that would protect phone companies from lawsuits.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
DISSECTING THE 60 MINUTES SCANDAL  —  We've written a couple of times about the 60 Minutes story last Sunday that claimed former Alabama governor Don Siegelman was the victim of a Republican conspiracy that sent him to prison for bribery and mail fraud.  The story implicitly accused …
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 …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Day of Reckoning  —  A visitor to Clinton HQ sees signs of serious trouble.  —  The day of reckoning for Hillary Clinton is almost here.  The voters in Ohio will either deal a final blow to her campaign or provide a much needed victory that at best will give her a reprieve in the long march to the nomination.
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Skeptics on Human Climate Impact Seize on Cold Spell  —  The world has seen some extraordinary winter conditions in both hemispheres over the past year: snow in Johannesburg last June and in Baghdad in January, Arctic sea ice returning with a vengeance after a record retreat last summer …
 
 
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New York Times:
As Developer Heads to Trial, Questions Linger Over a Deal With Obama
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Throw Out the Maps in 2008  —  It's time to throw out that old map …
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Obama Ad In Texas: Are We Rounding Up Arab-American Families?
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'72 McGovern Team Rallies for One of Its Own: Clinton
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton belittles Obama as ‘a lot of talk, little action’
Discussion: The Politico
Anna Johnson / Associated Press:
Ahmadinejad on historic Iraq trip
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Judge Reverses His Order Disabling Web Site
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Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Funds' Fire Sales Send Muni-Bond Yields To Historic High Levels
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton's mail  —  The late mail in Texas and Ohio is more or less …
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS