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12:35 PM ET, March 3, 2008


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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 …
The Raw Story:
Clinton widens lead  —  Clinton receives support from 51 percent of probable Ohio Democratic primary voters while Barack Obama has the support of 42 percent of the same group, according to a new Ohio Poll released Monday (.pdf).  The poll, conducted between Feb. 28 and March 2 …
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 …
NY Daily News:
Goodwin: Tuesday night might be Barack Obama's last chance to knock Hil out  —  You hear it everywhere: Tuesday is Hillary Clinton's last stand.  If she can't win Ohio and Texas, she's history.  —  True, mostly.  But it's not the whole story.  The rest goes like this: This is Barack Obama's third chance to knock her out.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Adviser Denies Trade Remarks  —  SAN ANTONIO - 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.
Obama: Witness for the Defense?  —  Chicago Lawyers Say Sen. Barack Obama Could Be Called to Testify in the Rezko Trial  —  Sen. Barack Obama could be called as a witness for his longtime friend and accused Illinois fixer Tony Rezko, according to Chicago lawyers following the case.
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 …
David Rose / Vanity Fair:
The Gaza Bombshell  —  After failing to anticipate Hamas's victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs.  With confidential documents …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Party Squabbles Leave Nominations Deadlocked  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and President Bush both say they are ready to clear a backlog of presidential nominations needing Senate confirmation, but that goal appears increasingly harder to achieve as the end of Bush's tenure draws near.
Discussion: Think Progress
CNN:   Gun incident near President Bush's ranch
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
Lee Speigel / Political Radar:
Private Worries as Team Clinton Looks for Best Case Scenarios
Discussion: Ohio Daily Blog
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.
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Economy Platform: Big Tax Cuts, With Caveats  —  WASHINGTON — Imagining how John McCain, the Navy war hero, would play the role of commander in chief has been easy.  Imagining how John McCain, the policy maverick, would lead as chief executive of the U.S. economy has been tougher.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Ahmadinejad: US should leave Iraq  —  BAGHDAD - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed U.S. accusations that his country is training extremists and demanded that the Americans withdraw from Iraq.  —  Speaking in a nearly hour-long news conference at the end of an unprecedented visit …
Discussion: The Corner and Back Talk
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 …
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