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1:20 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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Even in Victory, Clinton Team Is Battling Itself  —  For the bruised and bitter staff around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tuesday's death-defying victories in the Democratic presidential primaries in Ohio and Texas proved sweet indeed.  They savored their wins yesterday, plotted their next steps and indulged in a moment of optimism.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Clinton Success Alters Delegate Race's Dynamic  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's victories in the primaries on Tuesday barely dented Senator Barack Obama's lead in delegates, but they seemed to slow the Democratic Party establishment's move in his direction while giving her campaign time to try to turn the race in her favor.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Memo on Clinton Tax Returns  —  RE: TAX RETURNS: What does Clinton have to hide?  —  The Clinton campaign today maintained that “the vetting of Barack Obama has just begun.”  The truth is, more than a year into this campaign, some very simple vetting of Hillary Clinton has yet to start.
Alexander Panetta / Canadian Press:
‘NAFTAgate’ began with remark from Harper's chief of staff
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS OR CODE PINKERS?
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
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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CNN:
Dole: McCain has a temper, but it's not a problem
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 Benjamin / Salon:
It's 3 a.m. Who do you want answering the phone? … That, of course, is the script from Hillary Clinton's now famous (or infamous) “3 a.m.” television ad that ran in Texas just ahead of the March 4 primary.  At the end of the ad, Clinton answers the phone.
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Obama Aide: Neither Candidate Ready for 3 a.m. Call
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Commander Rejects Article of Praise  —  The top U.S. commander in the Middle East is the subject of a glowing magazine article describing him as the only person who might stop the Bush administration from going to war against Iran.  —  Esquire magazine's forthcoming profile of Adm. William …
Discussion: Thomas P.M. Barnett
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Chicago Sun Times:
Did Rezko find jobs for Obama staffers?  —  Did Barack Obama use indicted campaign fund-raiser Tony Rezko as a conduit to get jobs for people in Gov. Blagojevich's administration?  —  The question arises from a list of 39 people Rezko's lawyers said in a court filing he urged Blagojevich to give state jobs.
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  On February 1st of this year, National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) abruptly released a statement about recently discovered “irregularities in our financial audit process.”  That was it: no details about whether money might have been stolen …
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Philip Shenon / New York Times:
F.B.I. Investigates Missing G.O.P. Money
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Newsweek:
Tainted Evidence  —  Canada tosses CIA terror testimony obtained through waterboarding. … The Canadian government is no longer using evidence gained from CIA interrogations of a top Al Qaeda detainee who was waterboarded.  —  According to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Alive!  —  Tuesday's exciting presidential primaries were about momentum, delegates and second looks.  —  In the Republican contest, these factors gave victory to the Lazarus candidate.  John McCain's campaign nearly collapsed eight months ago in a mass of debt and missteps.
 
 
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