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3:00 PM ET, March 7, 2008

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David Brooks / New York Times:
Playing by Clinton Rules  —  Barack Obama had a theory.  It was that the voters are tired of the partisan paralysis of the past 20 years.  The theory was that if Obama could inspire a grass-roots movement with a new kind of leadership, he could ride it to the White House and end gridlock in Washington.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Power on Obama's Iraq plan: “best case scenario”  —  For all the chatter about Obama adviser Samantha Power's calling Clinton a “monster,” another set of remarks made on her book tour in the United Kingdom may be equally threatening to the Obama campaign: Comments in a BBC interview that express …
USA Today:
Archivists block release of Clinton papers  —  LITTLE ROCK — Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Power Resigns Over Hillary-Is-Monster Comment  —  Here's her statement, just sent out by the campaign: … In an interview with The Scotsman, Power called Hillary a “monster” and said other less-than-flattering things about her.  Despite her prompt apology yesterday, the Hillary camp demanded her resignation this morning.
NY Daily News:
A monstrous oops for Obama  —  BY MICHAEL SAUL IN NEW YORK AND KENNETH R. BAZINET IN WASHINGTON  —  A senior foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama was forced to apologize Thursday night for describing Hillary Clinton as a “monster” during an interview with a Scottish newspaper …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton-backers demand Power's resignation  —  On a conference call with reporters this morning, congressional supporters of Hillary Clinton demanded that Obama force adviser Samantha Power out of his camapign.  —  “We're here today to ask Senator Obama to ask Samantha Power not to be part of his campaign …
Associated Press:
Obama adviser resigns; called Clinton ‘monster’  —  Power told newspaper rival candidate stooping to low tactics  —  LONDON - A Barack Obama adviser resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster.”  —  Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A FIRING OFFENSE?  —  In a conference call just now, the Clinton campaign called on Barack Obama to fire Samantha Power for calling Hillary a “monster.”  —  There are advisers and then there are advisers.  Power is Barack Obama's Condi Rice.  —  A Harvard Law grad, former foreign correspondent …
BBC:
Samantha Power  —  In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast …
Discussion: The Trail
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
In “Monster"-Gate, Clintonites Get Away with a Slur, While Respected …
Krooney / The Page:
Power Shocker II: Adviser Pulls Back on Obama Iraq Pledge
Discussion: The Fact Hub, NO QUARTER and Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Clinton Rules  —  The new meme is that politics has returned …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Obama adviser resigns over comment
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain Loses Cool With NY Times Reporter  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: Senator John McCain grew agitated Friday with a New York Times reporter who asked about his 2004 conversation with then-Democratic nominee John Kerry about McCain possibly running as Kerry's vice presidential nominee.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN GETS TESTY WITH THE PRESS
Discussion: American Street
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Florida Democratic Primary  —  Florida: Clinton 55% Obama 39%  —  If Florida decides to have a second Presidential Primary this year, Hillary Clinton will begin the race with a sixteen-percentage point lead over Barack Obama.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows …
Discussion: Ohio Daily Blog and MyDD
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Rasmussen Reports:
42% Want McCain to Answer 3:00 a.m. Phone Call
Discussion: Power Line, Wake up America and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary
George McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
Freedom Means Responsibility  —  Nearly 16 years ago in these very pages, I wrote that “'one-size-fits all' rules for business ignore the reality of the market place.”  Today I'm watching some broad rules evolve on individual decisions that are even worse.  —  Under the guise of protecting us …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Go Already!  —  Hillary Clinton, fratricidal maniac.  —  The morning after Tuesday's primaries, Hillary Clinton's campaign released a memo titled “The Path to the Presidency.”  I eagerly dug into the paper, figuring it would explain how Clinton would obtain the Democratic nomination despite an enormous deficit in delegates.
Katha Pollitt / Washington Post:
Dumb and Dumber: An Essay and Its Editors  —  I've never watched Oprah Winfrey's show, bought a Celine Dion CD, read “Eat, Pray, Love,” or fainted at an Obama rally, although he is my preferred candidate.  According to Charlotte Allen, that makes me an “outlier,” an exception that proves the rule that women …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Clinton supporter is armed and dangerous  —  New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell make an odd pair.  Clinton is the model of message discipline, a politician whose steely demeanor and unerring ways cause voters to question her authenticity.
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Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Bill Clinton profits from company tied to felon, China
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fired U.S. attorney says colleague told him politics was behind his ouster  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime protege of President Bush told former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias that he was fired for political reasons and that he shouldn't fight his ouster, Iglesias says in a new book.
Larry David / The Huffington Post:
On the Red Phone  —  Here's an idea for an Obama ad: a montage of Clinton's Sybillish personalities that have surfaced during the campaign with a solemn voiceover at the end saying, “Does anyone want this nut answering the phone?”  —  How is it that she became the one who's perceived …
Discussion: techPresident
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop the Mortgage Crisis  —  The potential collapse of house prices, accompanied by widespread mortgage defaults, is a major threat to the American economy.  A voluntary loan-substitution program could reduce the number of defaults and dampen the decline in house prices …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and EconLog
 
 
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Satyam / Think Progress:
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
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Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: The Housing Market Is Nowhere Near Bottom
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
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A Friend Indeed  —  John Hagee has some odd ideas about Jews that …
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