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12:45 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
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.
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 …
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: The Campaign Spot and Spin Cycle
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.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Obama Aide: Neither Candidate Ready for 3 a.m. Call
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.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and City Room
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Alexander Panetta / Canadian Press:
‘NAFTAgate’ began with remark from Harper's chief of staff  —  OTTAWA — If the Prime Minister is seeking the first link in the chain of events that has rocked the U.S. presidential race, he need look no further than his chief of staff, Ian Brodie, The Canadian Press has learned.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
‘NAFTA-gate’ story takes unexpected turn
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
NAFTA-Gate Update
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Spin Cycle
Dole: McCain has a temper, but it's not a problem
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
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.
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
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 …
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
F.B.I. Investigates Missing G.O.P. Money
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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
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John L. Micek / Morning Call:
Rendell's clout could help put Clinton over top
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Alive!  —  Tuesday's exciting presidential primaries …
Times of London:
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