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1:25 PM ET, March 5, 2008


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Wins in Texas and Ohio; McCain Is In as G.O.P. Choice  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Senator Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries on Tuesday, ending a string of defeats and allowing her to soldier on in a Democratic presidential nomination race that now seems unlikely to end any time soon.
Clinton Hints At Sharing Ticket With Obama  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted at the possibility of a Democratic “dream ticket” with Sen. Barack Obama.  —  Speaking on “The Early Show” on CBS, Clinton said “that may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's lesson: Attacking Obama works  —  A few weeks ago, though it feels like months, exhausted campaign staffers and reporters amused themselves with gallows humor about the Pennsylvania Scenario — a wildly improbable convergence of circumstances that would extend a race that was supposed …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama says it is ‘premature to talk about a joint ticket’  —  Speaking to reporters on his plane before leaving San Antonio for Chicago, Sen. Barack Obama hinted at taking a tougher line against Clinton in the coming weeks, telling reporters that she must back up her experience argument with details …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton sees ticket with Obama  —  The morning after reviving her candidacy with two big primary wins, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) hinted Wednesday that she and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may wind up as ticket mates.  —  “That may, you know, be where this is headed …
Washington Post:
OBAMA: In the Weeks to Come, A Costly Battle on Two Fronts  —  With losses in three out of four primaries yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his campaign face a scenario that a barrage of advertising, phone calls and door-knocking could not avert — a protracted, two-front war …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Clinton, Obama: Now ‘the race is really joined’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
It's all about the Glass Jaw Update: AOL Hot Seat poll added!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FINAL THOUGHTS  —  The big headlines tonight are now in focus.  Hillary takes three of four primaries, and the two big states.  Yet the delegate spread didn't budge.  The possibilities seem to range from a high-single digit pick up for Hillary to the possibility of a net pick up for Obama.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Paths To Victory  —  Josh Marshall on what Obama needs to do now:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
It's Rush Wot Won It  —  In the days running up to these last primaries, Rush Limbaugh told his national audience of conservatives to vote in the Democratic race. … It turned into a pretty hot meme in Texas, and on Monday, while Rush was out, guest host Mark Davis scored an interview with Bill Clinton.
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Was It Rush?  —  I've been doing a number of radio interview this morning and the question keeps popping up: did Rush Limbaugh put Hillary over the top in Texas?  Some quick, back-of-the-envelope math based on the exits shows:  — Republicans represented 9% of the electorate in Texas.
Chicago Sun Times:
Sen. Obama, time to call us about Rezko: (312) 321-2417  —  Jury selection began Monday in the trial of political influence peddler Tony Rezko.  This would be the time — before a single witness takes the stand — for Barack Obama to finally share every detail of his relationship with Rezko.
Gateway Pundit:
CAPTURED FARC COMPUTERS NAME BARACK OBAMA (Updated)  —  Captured FARC computers name Obama  —  Dead terrorist Raul Reyes had information that FARC was meeting “gringos” about Obama.  —  The computers captured this past weekend by Colombian soldiers at the campsite of FARC #2 Raul Reyes contained loads …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Here's A First Look At Third-Party Group's Ad Against McCain  —  We've just obtained a copy of the new ad that the 501c4 issue-advocacy group Campaign to Defend America is running against John McCain in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  —  It says that McCain offers more of the “McSame as Bush,” …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHILL OUT....The hot topic of conversation right now is the proposition that a long, drawn-out Democratic primary runs the risk of destroying the party and putting John McCain in the White House.  So for the good of the country, Hillary should withdraw.  —  Now, this might be true.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Sentiment on Iraq Is Changing  —  WASHINGTON — The perception that the U.S. troop surge in Iraq has succeeded is changing some public views of the war, potentially blunting Democrats' political edge on the issue.  —  Americans continue to judge the nearly five-year-old U.S. invasion of Iraq as a mistake …
Discussion: Early Warning and Sister Toldjah
Mark Halperin / Time:
Clinton Wins Big, But Math is Troubling  —  Hillary Clinton's popular vote victories in Texas and Ohio fundamentally change the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in at least one important way: she's still in the race for the nomination.  Clinton's long, arduous campaign might …
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Ohio aftermath  —  The rout in Ohio happened.  Obama has a huge electability problem in the state.  He took a total of 5 counties, and lost in 82 counties.  Even though he's able to rack up a large number of urban black voters he did terrible among white voters, winning just 34 percent.
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