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1:30 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 …
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 …
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.
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
Mark Benjamin / Salon:   It's 3 a.m. Who do you want answering the phone?
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.
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:
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.
Mark Naymik / Plain Dealer:
How Clinton won in Ohio  —  It came down to places like “The Little Smokies,” the hilly region where the Scioto and Ohio rivers meet, more than 200 miles south of Cleveland.  —  There, 81 percent of Scioto County's Democratic voters, nearly all white, stood with Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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
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
David Nason / The Australian:
Howard speaks as he wins neocon award  —  JOHN Howard has made his first major speech since losing the election, while receiving an award from a US conservative think tank.  —  The former Liberal prime minister received the Irving Kristol Award from the American Enterprise Institute …
Discussion: Think Progress
The Australian:
John Howard's Irving Kristol Lecture
Discussion: The Corner
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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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Recreate 68!  —  I wrote a little while ago about the plan …
Discussion: Ed
Yossi Melman / Haaretz:
Who leaked the details of a CIA-Mossad plot against Iran?
Discussion: and Israpundit
Jann S. / Rolling Stone:
A New Hope  —  The tides of history are rising higher and faster these days.
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
Top Iraq contractor skirts US taxes offshore
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Home Foreclosures Hit Record High
Los Angeles Times:
Ruling seen as a threat to many home-schooling families
Chicago Sun Times:
Did Rezko find jobs for Obama staffers?
Discussion: protein wisdom and Rezko Watch
John L. Micek / Morning Call:
Rendell's clout could help put Clinton over top
Discussion: Attytood
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
No Need for Lawmakers' Approval of Iraq Pact, U.S. Reasserts
Robert E. Lighthizer / New York Times:
Grand Old Protectionists
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Alive!  —  Tuesday's exciting presidential primaries …
Charlotte Allen / Washington Post:
Charlotte Allen on Outlook Article, Reaction
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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