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2:35 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 …
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
New York Times:
Lesson of Defeat: Obama Comes Out Punching
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.
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.
Confederate Yankee:
Homegrown IED Targets Manhattan Military Recruiting Station  —  The NY Times City Room blog has the latest details: … They also have a useful slideshow of images from the scene, which gives us just enough information to start making some inferences about the bomb and the bomber.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
How Clinton won in Ohio
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
NAFTA-Gate Update  —  We now know it actually began with alleged hypocrisy from ... the Clinton camp: … Will the press take this back to the Clinton campaign?  Or is the one unvetted candidate in this race going to get a pass again?
Alexander Panetta / Canadian Press:
‘NAFTAgate’ began with remark from Harper's chief of staff
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
‘NAFTA-gate’ story takes unexpected turn
Discussion: The Newshoggers
New York Times:
Major Arms Dealer Arrested in Thailand  —  BANGKOK — One of the world's most notorious arms dealers, suspected of supplying weapons to the Taliban and Al Qaeda and of pouring huge arms shipments into Africa's civil wars with his own private air fleet, was arrested by Thai authorities in a hotel here on Thursday.
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.
Karl / protein wisdom:
Rick Ellensburg has no ethical standard for Obama
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
F.B.I. Investigates Missing G.O.P. Money
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
Top Iraq contractor skirts US taxes offshore
New Electoral Maps to be Released Today ... Based on 30,000 …
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Hillary's New Math Problem
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Yes way. Chicago's conduct code is a priceless legacy
Discussion: Hot Air and Rezko Watch
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Recreate 68!  —  I wrote a little while ago about the plan …
Jann S. / Rolling Stone:
A New Hope  —  The tides of history are rising higher and faster these days.
Los Angeles Times:
Ruling seen as a threat to many home-schooling families
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
It's 3 a.m. Who do you want answering the phone?
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
No Need for Lawmakers' Approval of Iraq Pact, U.S. Reasserts
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Firedoglake and Hot Air
Robert E. Lighthizer / New York Times:
Grand Old Protectionists
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Commander Rejects Article of Praise
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Alive!  —  Tuesday's exciting presidential primaries …
Discussion: protein wisdom and TigerHawk
Charlotte Allen / Washington Post:
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