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3:35 PM ET, March 6, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton aide compares Obama to Ken Starr  —  Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson, taking the campaign a bit meta on a conference call today, attacked Obama for attacking Clinton, and compared him to a notorious Clinton foe.  —  “When Senator Obama was confronted with questions over whether …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Hillary called it “frankly disturbing” that her Senate opponent wouldn't release his tax returns, now she won't release hers  —  She called it “frankly disturbing” that he refused to release his returns, and now she won't release her own returns when Obama released his a year ago.  —  Hillary's right.
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Clinton, fundraising buoyed, bound for Mississippi
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Page
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Blast Damages Times Square Recruiting Station  —  The police have attributed the blast to an improvised explosive device, and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the device had been placed in an ammunition box like the kind that can be bought at a military supply store.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bombing at Big Apple military recruitment center Update: Kos diarist claims right-wing plot  —  Given the escalating protests over military recruitment, it seems inevitable that people would bomb those who seek to protect the nation and fight our enemies.
Matthew Yglesias:
The Lost Opportunity  —  Ross explains the cost to progressive politics of Hillary Clinton's decision to unleash the kitchen sink in a likely-futile effort to overcome Barack Obama's delegate lead: … That's bad because it increases the chance of losing in November, it decreases the likelihood …
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SurveyUSA:
Electoral Math as of 03/06/08: Clinton 276, McCain 262  —  SurveyUSA interviewed 600 registered voters in each of the 50 states.  A total of 30,000 interviews were completed.  If John McCain faces Hillary Clinton, Clinton wins 276 to 262.  Clinton carries 20 states.  McCain carries 30 states.
CNN:
Dole: McCain has a temper, but it's not a problem
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Yes way.  Chicago's conduct code is a priceless legacy  —  The Chicago Way.  —  What is it?  Is it easily abused?  Is it dangerous in the wrong hands?  —  This is critical, as the nation's eyes turn toward Chicago's federal building, where Barack Obama's personal real estate fairy …
Discussion: Rezko Watch and Flopping Aces
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Chicago Sun Times:
Did Rezko find jobs for Obama staffers?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
OBAMA-REZKO AND MEDIA IGNORANCE OF “THE CHICAGO WAY”
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
An exercise in discrimination at Harvard … What can a 19-year-old guy in jogging shorts do at Harvard that a rich Saudi sheik who sponsors terrorism can't?  —  Get banned from the building.  —  Six times a week, Harvard kicks all the guys out of the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center …
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Not Swimming but Drowning  —  A while back I mentioned Harvard's decision to ban men from its pool and fitness center six times a week in the interests of “accommodating” Muslim women.  Our pal Michael Graham picks up the theme: … Well put.  And thus “progress” comes full circle.
Discussion: The Opinionator
The Politico:
Superdelegates play hardball  —  Flexing their new power to determine the Democratic presidential nomination, a bloc of Ohio superdelegates is withholding endorsements from Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton until one or the other offers a concrete proposal to protect American jobs, two Ohio Democrats told Politico Wednesday.
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Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
How Clinton won in Ohio
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama raises $55 million  —  From the AP: … The vast increase in the number of Obama's donors — he's now past a million — indicates how deep a well he'll have to tap for the rest of the year, in the general election, and beyond.  —  In the primary, the question isn't whether he'll outspend Hillary …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama's February haul: $55 million
Discussion: Washington Wire
Time:
The Wire's War on the Drug War  —  We write a television show.  Measured against more thoughtful and meaningful occupations, this is not the best seat from which to argue public policy or social justice.  Still, those viewers who followed The Wire — our HBO drama that tried to portray …
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Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
Creators of The Wire: “We'd Nullify”
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
ONLY GORE CAN STOP A MELTDOWN  —  IF AL GORE can pull himself away from saving the planet long enough, he might want to consider rescuing the Demo cratic Party from the clutches of utter self-destruction.  —  Campaigning against an unpopular war in Iraq, a sputtering economy and a disappearing dollar …
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Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Hillary's New Math Problem  —  Tuesday's big wins?  The delegate calculus just got worse. … Hillary Clinton won big victories Tuesday night in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.  But she's now even further behind in the race for the Democratic nomination.  How could that be?  Math.  It's relentless.
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
This may be headed to a joint ticket
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Obama Aide: Neither Candidate Ready for 3 a.m. Call  —  As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an afternoon news conference here in Washington, where she is to be surrounded by “military officers,” her campaign has put up a YouTube moment that you can bet will be replayed over and over.
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
F.B.I. Investigates Missing G.O.P. Money  —  WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing and presumed stolen from the chief fund-raising arm of House Republicans, according to party officials who described the findings of emergency internal audits.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Haaretz:
At least seven killed in terrorist attack at Jerusalem yeshiva  —  At least seven people were killed and six others were wounded Thursday evening when terrorists infiltrated the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, a senior police official said.
Yossi Melman / Haaretz:
Who leaked the details of a CIA-Mossad plot against Iran?  —  The Bush administration is prolonging the hunting season against journalists.  The latest victim is James Risen, The New York Times reporter for national security and intelligence affairs.  About three months ago …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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