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10:40 AM ET, March 3, 2008


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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
How did the Clinton campaign get here?  —  Just a few months ago, few imagined she'd be struggling to catch up to Obama.  But her team has been riddled with feuding and second-guessing at the top.  —  WASHINGTON — As they mapped out a campaign schedule for Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Political Punch
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Adviser Denies Trade Remarks  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Barack Obama's senior economic policy adviser said Sunday that Canadian government officials wrote an inaccurate portrayal of his private discussion on the campaign's trade policy in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas using US weapons against IDF’  —  According to Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip, most of the gunmen who have been fighting the IDF over the past few days are members of Hamas's armed wing, Izaddin Kassam.  —  “At least 2,000 Hamas gunmen have been deployed in the northern Gaza Strip …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
In Ohio, Tense Race Hinges on Grass-Roots Organizers  —  Yaneek Golding, 17, and Jacqueline Vargas, 18, Bronx classmates, carried a Clinton campaign sign on Saturday in University Heights, a Cleveland suburb.  The primary is Tuesday.  More Photos >  —  CLEVELAND — The callers …
Washington Post:
Democratic Candidates Trade Gibes Across Ohio
Discussion: MSNBC
Real Clear Politics:
Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Karl Rove, Roundtable
Discussion: Eunomia
Wall Street Journal:
Texas v. Ohio  —  As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton race around Ohio and Texas for tomorrow's primaries, they are telling a tale of economic woe.  Yet the real story isn't how similar the two states are economically but how different.  Texas has been prospering while Ohio lags …
Discussion: Donklephant and Betsy's Page
NY Daily News:
Goodwin: Tuesday night might be Barack Obama's last chance to knock Hil out
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Can national security appeal save Clinton's candidacy?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
House Democratic leadership: not just complicit but also self-destructive  —  The signs are unmistakably clear that what was always inevitable — full compliance by the House Democratic leadership with Bush's demands on warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty — is now imminent.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deliverance or Diversion?  —  After their victory in the 2006 Congressional elections, it seemed a given that Democrats would try to make this year's presidential campaign another referendum on Republican policies.  After all, the public appears fed up not just with President Bush, but with his party.
Nadine Elsibai / Bloomberg:
Crist Says He'd Support a Repeat of Florida Democratic Primary  —  Florida Governor Charlie Crist said he'd support a repeat of the Democratic presidential primary so the state's delegates can be counted at the party's national convention.  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said he's open to the possibility.
Phoebe Connelly / American Prospect:
MCCAIN, HAGEE, AND SYMPATHY FOR THE ASSASSIN.  —  As Sarah Posner has noted, one reason that that Texas pastor and popularizer-of-the-apocalypse John Hagee gave for endorsing John McCain was the latter's “support of the state of Israel.”  Hagee also claimed that he personally backs Israel …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain and Thimerosol  —  Diagnoses of autism are unquestionably on the rise in the United States, and parents and other friends and family of autistic children are understandably looking for answers.  At a time, there was some plausible speculation that thimerosal, an additive in some vaccines, might be a cause of autism.
James Bone / Times of London:
Court case makes life difficult for Barack Obama  —  Buried on page 59 of the indictment is a reference to one of many alleged kickbacks on a state contract that appears to have ended up as a $10,000 donation to an unnamed “political candidate”.  —  The kickback was allegedly arranged by Antoin …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:   Obama and Chicago Mores
Quinnipiac University:
Clinton Leads Obama By 4 Points In Ohio Dem Primary Quinnipiac University Likely Voter Poll Finds; Big Split Among Men, Women Voters  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's margin over Sen. Barack Obama among Ohio likely Democratic primary voters has shrunk to 49 - 45 percent on the eve …
Randy Kennedy / New York Times:
In Texas, Clinton's Veterans Test Obama's Rookies  —  TEXARKANA, Tex. — Just 32 miles from a place called Hope, this small working-class city at the Texas and Arkansas border is “Clinton country,” as people here frequently and firmly remind you.  —  And Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign wasted …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
‘Soft’ Press Sharpens Its Focus on Obama  —  During a campaign stop in Ohio last week, ABC's Jake Tapper asked Barack Obama about what he called “an attempt by conservatives and Republicans to paint you as unpatriotic.”  —  Tapper's litany: “That you didn't put your hand over your heart during …
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Jeff Coen / Chicago Tribune:
Rezko team aims to put star witness under fire
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
For Black Superdelegates, Pressure to Back Obama
Joel Millman / Wall Street Journal:
Latino-Black Relations May Tilt Texas Results
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. official: Missiles fired at Somalia terror target
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Credit Crisis May Make College Loans More Costly
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton responds to Muslim question
 Earlier Items: 
Stanley Fish / NYT:
Why McCain Would Vote For Obama
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It's 3 A.M.  —  My conspiracy-theory analysis: The Clinton campaign …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain campaign stumbles early
Discussion: The Swamp
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton gets it sincerely wrong