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5:50 PM ET, March 3, 2008


 Top Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Bottom Line From The Clinton Spin Call  —  Is that if Clinton wins the popular vote in Ohio and Texas, she's staying in the race.  —  Even if she loses the delegate race in Texas.  —  No doubt, this will make heads explode in Chicago.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Campaigns as if Momentum Is Hers  —  AKRON, Ohio — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton does not look like a candidate who might drop out of the presidential race as early as Wednesday.  —  In a weekend dash of campaigning in Texas and Ohio before those states vote on Tuesday …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Spin Call: “We Have Momentum”
Discussion: MyDD
Matthew Yglesias:
Good News for People Who Like Bad Predictions  —  I know a number of readers have been perturbed by my predictions of an Obama win, figuring that since I'm always wrong I'd jinxed things and put Hillary Clinton in a commanding position.  Well, I was reading Chris Bowers' analysis of the polls …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Nearly Final Ohio and Texas Polls—Updated
Discussion: American Street, TalkLeft and Wonkette
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
NAFTA-Gate, Take Two  —  Okay, scratch what I said about Goolsbee and Canada.  I still don't think it's substantively a big deal, but between hearing CNN's reports from Ohio this morning, and listening in on a Clinton conference call just now (and hearing reporters' questions on the subject) …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Adviser Denies Trade Remarks
Frank James / The Swamp:
Canada: Didn't mean to suggest Obama's two-faced
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wash Post editor says controversial piece was ‘tongue-in-cheek’  —  On the front of Sunday's Outlook section, in the Washington Post, two articles were placed under the banner, “Women vs. Women.”  —  It's the second piece, titled “We Scream, We Swoon.  How Dumb Can We Get?” …
Laura / War and Piece:
John Pomfret: I'm a Failed Satirist
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Texas v. Ohio
Lee Speigel / Political Radar:
Private Worries as Team Clinton Looks for Best Case Scenarios
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A campaign mystery solved: HillaryIs44  —  I wrote in December about a mysterious pro-Clinton, anti-Obama website called HillaryIs44, a site that floated sharply negative information about Obama long before the word “Rezko” passed the lips of Clinton and her campaign, and that has been the subject …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Bang the Drum
Megan McArdle:
Why ask why?  —  Lots of people are talking about John McCain's lunatic pronouncement that “there's strong evidence” for the proposition that thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, causes autism.  This is nonsense on stilts.  While it might once have been a viable theory …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“Brilliant” potential C-in-C blows Rockefeller's record on the war Update: Lame spin attempt flops  —  Barack Obama effusively praised the record of Jay Rockefeller after receiving a glowing introduction from the West Virginia Senator yesterday.  Rockefeller called Obama “brilliant” …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions  —  ( - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions.
Samir Al-Saadi / Arab News:
Man Butchers 15-Month-Old Nephew in Jeddah Supermarket  —  Early morning shoppers at a supermarket in Jeddah were left reeling yesterday, with some falling unconscious, after a well-built Syrian man clinched a knife and decapitated his 15-month-old nephew in front of his mother in the store's fruit and vegetable section.
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 …
Discussion: Sadly, No!, PoliGazette and rubber hose
Lynn Sweet:
Obama and his taking questions about Rezko.  —  SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—On Sunday, the chief strategist for the Obama campaign disagreed with my conclusion where I wrote that Obama has not talked to reporters who know the Tony Rezko story the best.  —  For more than a year …
Gun incident near President Bush's ranch  —  CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) — A Danish journalist came this close to getting shot Saturday by an elderly woman packing a pistol near President Bush's ranch here in what was easily the strangest incident I've ever witnessed covering the White House.
Discussion: Wonkette and Confederate Yankee
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Every Voter Should Hear This Phone Call  —  In the closing hours before the March 4th elections, I wanted to share an amazing phone call with you.  It comes on the heels of a new tracking poll showing Hillary doing better than Sen. Obama against John McCain - as well as public polls …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Republicans for Hillary: The Anecdotal Evidence Builds  —  A bit earlier today I talked to Onzelo Markum, a Texas Republican strategist who's working on the Chris Peden campaign, and he had a few caveats about how GOP voters might be breaking.  One positive factor for Peden, he suggested …
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
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New York Times:
States and Cities Start Rebelling on Bond Ratings
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
McCain Must Get Behind King Dollar
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An hour and a half with Barack Obama
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The Problem with Gender-Based Education
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
The Race and the Media  —  The Clinton campaign is pushing hard …
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
FISA Fight: Communications trade group opposed to amnesty
Matthew Yglesias:
The Dread Base  —  The best thing about David Ignatius hit …
Discussion: Blogometer
Chicago Tribune:
The latest from the Rezko trial
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Swamp
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
House Democratic leadership: not just complicit but also self-destructive
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deliverance or Diversion?