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1:40 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
Live from New York, it's Hillary Clinton?
Discussion: Althouse, NO QUARTER and Booman Tribune
The Trail:
Clinton Skips Flight; Campaign Won't Say Why
CNN:   Hillary Clinton expected to make surprise SNL appearance
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.
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.
Andy / Siberian Light:
Liveblogging the Russian Presidential Election  —  Russians are at the polls today, voting for the man who will become their third President, after Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin.  —  Of the four candidates to be President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev is the clear favourite …
Jay Root / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Poll shows Dems tied in Texas  —  Texas split on gender, racial, regional lines  —  AUSTIN — Hillary Clinton is favored by Hispanics, women and lower-income Anglos.  Barack Obama has basically sewn up the black vote and does well among men and wealthy suburbanites.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
Matalin Blames The Media For Americans' Economic Insecurity  —  Today on NBC's Meet the Press, host Tim Russert pointed to a new CNBC poll showing that 83 percent of the American public rates the U.S. economy as only fair/poor.  Right-wing strategist Mary Matalin tried to brush off that number …
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.
Discussion: On Deadline and Fox News
Frank Rich / New York Times:
McCain Channels His Inner Hillary  —  BEFORE they were sidetracked into a new war against The New York Times, the Rush Limbaugh posse had it right about John McCain.  He is a double agent.  Some Democrats do admire and like him.  So does Jon Stewart, and so do many liberal editorial boards …
Discussion: Eunomia, Prairie Weather and Cogitamus
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Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Ohioans like Clinton but see Obama as president
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “liberal” position on the Surveillance State
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Obama Walks a Difficult Path as He Courts Jewish Voters
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Poll: Nearly Half Of Dems Say Media Is Harder On Hillary
Discussion: Open Left
New York Times:
What I'd Be Talking About if I Were Still Running
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Hedin / New York Times:
My Forbidden Fruits (and Vegetables)
Discussion: Corrente
Michael Yon:
Friday with Ambassador  —  From Dr. Moayad, an Iraqi cardiologist in South Baghdad:
Discussion: The Corner
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN condemns Israeli-Palestinian violence
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
A Card-Carrying Civil Libertarian
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Skeptics on Human Climate Impact Seize on Cold Spell
Peter Allen / Telegraph:
Marion Cotillard's 9/11 conspiracy theory