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3:25 AM ET, March 3, 2008


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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
K Drum, Breaking A Big Story Or Breaking, Well...  Kevin Drum either has a huge story in which Evil BushCo has misled Congress for months, or he has nothing.  The topic is indemnification, rather than immunity, for the telecom companies; we will let him start us up:
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  —  More than six years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush administration remains committed to using the specter of those attacks (and other possible new attacks) as justification for reckless, unlawful and unconstitutional behavior.
Washington Post:
Bush Moves to Shield Telecommunications Firms
Brian Knowlton / International Herald Tribune:
Pressure raised on Clinton to bow out  —  WASHINGTON: Top supporters of Senator Barack Obama, joined by at least one prominent but uncommitted Democrat, raised the pressure Sunday on Senator Hillary Clinton to bow out of the presidential nominating race if she fails to score clear victories in two big-state primary contests Tuesday.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton: ‘A fighter, a doer and a champion’
Discussion: The Politico
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama: Clinton should have read more in 2002
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
Charlotte Allen / Washington Post:
We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?
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 …
New York Times:
Vienna Meeting on Arms Data Reignites Iran Nuclear Debate  —  Last Monday, the chief United Nations nuclear inspector gathered ambassadors and experts from dozens of nations in a boardroom high above the Danube in Vienna and laid out a trove of evidence that he said raised new questions …
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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 …
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton gets it sincerely wrong  —  When Texas and Ohio vote in Tuesday's Democratic primaries, they may bring Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency to an end.  If she loses either of those states, her bid is over barring the formalities.  This is a position few expected her to be in.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Engram / Back Talk:
Casualties in Iraq: February, 2007  —  For the sixth month in a row, civilian casualties in Iraq remained lower than anyone thought possible as recently as September, which is when General Petraeus testified before infinitely skeptical Democratic politicians.
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Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Democrats, Off Course On Trade
Discussion: Redstate
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”
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Problems back home?  —  SAN ANTONIO — With increasing frequency …
Discussion: Times of London
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
Clinton “Ringing Phone” …
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US military kills al-Qaida leader
Ali / Think Progress:
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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
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Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

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