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7:45 PM ET, March 4, 2008


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Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Hillary's Math Problem  —  Forget tonight.  She could win 16 straight and still lose.  —  NEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE  —  Hillary Clinton may be poised for a big night tonight, with wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.  Clinton aides say this will be the beginning of her comeback against Barack Obama.
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, Clinton 45%  —  Based on polling conducted March 1-3, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tied once again, with 45% of Democratic voters nationwide preferring each as the party's 2008 presidential nominee.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, MyDD and Riehl World View
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As Four States Vote, Clinton Talks About a Long Battle  —  As voters in Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont and Texas headed to the polls potentially to decide the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged voters to settle in for a nomination fight that could roll on for months to come.
Marc Ambinder:
Early Views From The Clinton/Obama Campaigns  —  Note: NONE of this information comes in any way from my own knowledge of embargoed exit polls.  All references to the exit polls come from the campaigns themselves.  —  The Obama campaign expects to net seven or eight delegates out of the night …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Open Left and MyDD
Marc Ambinder:
Ohio Secretary Of State's Office Rebukes Obama Campaign  —  Ohio's Secretary of State, an office held by a Democrat, has rebuked Sen. Barack Obama's campaign for trying to staff precincts with poll workers who presented insufficient credentials.  —  Obama's campaign calls this charge “wrong.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton campaign: “irregularlties”; Obama aide: Clinton “may want …
Discussion: Buckeye State Blog and Redstate
Laura Heinauer / Postcards:   Democratic Party warns against caucus shenanigans
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Why is Obama's skin blacker than normal in Hillary's new attack ad?  —  DailyKos has the original scoop.  I went and got the original footage from the Clinton ad, and then compared it to 3 different video clips of the same debate from 3 different sources.  I did this so as to take into account …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Nutroots accuse Hillary of darkening footage of Obama to make him …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Fox News:
Questions Raised Whether Hillary Ad Darkened Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos, QandO and The Campaign Spot
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Limbaugh Caller Says Obama Reminds Daughter of Cartoon Monkey  —  ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh issued an on-air apology to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., today after a caller said her daughter thought the Democratic presidential frontrunner looked …
Associated Press:
Highlights of Early Exit Poll Results  —  Highlights of preliminary results from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont:  —  ___  —  OPEN TO ALL  —  The primaries in Ohio …
Discussion: The Trail, Fox News and TalkLeft
The Campaign Spot:
First Word of Exits For Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont
Discussion: MyDD and Buckeye State Blog
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
An Iraqi Sea Change  —  Question: What is the most extraordinary thing about the following extraordinary sentence? … Answer: It is the lead of a story in today's New York Times.  The paper of record, which for the past few years could accurately be described as a body count with a styles section …
The Politico:
Five reasons Clinton could come back  —  For weeks, the widespread expectation among most campaign journalists has been that the race for the Democratic nomination will, for all practical purposes, come to an end Tuesday night with a victory for Barack Obama.
Discussion: Salon and Donklephant
Doug Mataconis / Below The Beltway:
Picture Of The Day: Earth And Moon As Seen From Mars … Click image for higher resolution.  —  Full story here.
Discussion: Achenblog and Middle Earth Journal
Jeff Greenfield / Slate:
Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck  —  WHY VOTERS ALWAYS CHOOSE THE WASCALLY WABBIT FOR PRESIDENT.  —  How did we reach the point at which Sen. Clinton, the clear Democratic front-runner six months ago, needs clear winds in Texas and Ohio to mute the calls for her to end her campaign?
Discussion: Northman's Fury and bustardblog
John Riley / Spin Cycle:
Latest Clinton tactic: Fake news reports  —  The Clinton campaign's latest tactic in Ohio is, apparently, a radio ad that tries to make listeners think it's a news report until the very end.  —  Stuff like this, if it succeeds in fooling voters, fairly seriously pollutes the information environment …
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton puts the media in its place — the men's room  —  In an obvious bid for the Ron Paul media conspiracy vote, Sen. Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign dumped the traveling press corps exactly where many voters believe they belong today — in the men's room of the Burger Activity Center.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Blogging While Female: 5 Conservative Women Bloggers Talk About Gender Issues And The Blogosphere  —  Every so often in the blogosphere, on the Left and the Right, hostile debates over gender seem to rise up to the surface like a leviathan from the depths.  Some male bloggers tend to think women …
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Gary David Goldberg / NYT:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Clinton Texas Coordinator: ‘3 AM’ Ad Too Late
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Marc Ambinder
June Kronholz / Wall Street Journal:
Yet Another Democratic Wrinkle: Add-Ons
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Khadr lawyers allege Cheney linked to video release
Discussion: Emptywheel and Think Progress
Laurence H. Tribe / Wall Street Journal:
Sanity and the Second Amendment
Jerid / Buckeye State Blog:
More Counties Affected By Secretary of State Voting Order
Discussion: TalkLeft and MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama to press: Don't buy into HRC claims
Discussion: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
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Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
Mukasey's Paradox
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Angry Barack's Bam-barded by media
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Day After  —  Tonight's results will matter a lot, of course.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Defining Moment  —  The Democratic presidential primary …