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2:21 AM ET, March 8, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THANK YOU, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?  —  Let me stipulate to one thing: if this were two Republicans squabbling, I'd be laughing my head off at the moment.  And I can assure you a lot of them are.  —  The Clinton campaign has gotten so deep inside the Obama campaign's collective head it just ain't funny …
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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Intel Adviser Breaks with Obama over FISA, Telecoms  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  In a new interview with National Journal magazine, an intelligence adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign broke with his candidate's position opposing retroactive legal protection for telecommunications companies …
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Flips His Previous Flop On Iraq  —  Apparently Obama was for a firm timetable for Iraqi withdrawals before he was against it, and then for it.  —  This gets tricky, but stay with me - Samantha Power, “an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor to the Obama campaign” …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Obama Adviser: I ‘Strongly’ Believe Telecoms ‘Should Be Granted Immunity’  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has consistently spoken out and voted against granting retroactive immunity for telecoms that participated with the administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
Discussion: TalkLeft, NO QUARTER, TPMCafe and Hold Fast
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton skewers Obama on Samantha Power
National Journal:   The Counterterror Campaign
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Strike Two for the Times  —  Well, I know that people have waited for John McCain to blow his top on the campaign trail, but if this is what they wanted, I think those folks are in for some disappointment.  The New York Times and other news agencies have passed this around the blogosphere …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain flashes temper at reporter  —  NEW ORLEANS - Republican Sen. John McCain, showing a flash of the temper he is known for, repeatedly cut off a reporter Friday when asked whether he had spoken to Democratic Sen. John Kerry about being his vice president in 2004.  “Everybody knows that I had a private conversation.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John McCain flies off the handle with NY Times Reporter over John Kerry VP question
Canadian Press:
PMO: Officials only got briefing from Obama campaign  —  OTTAWA — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton never gave Canada any secret assurances about the future of NAFTA such as those allegedly offered by Barack Obama's campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said Friday.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   CANADIAN PM'S OFFICE: HILLARY CAMP MADE NO SECRET ASSURANCES ON NAFTA
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's lost his ‘rock star’ advisor  —  Samantha Power stepped down over comments she made about rival candidate Clinton.  —  With a sparkling intellect, a mane of auburn hair and a Pulitzer Prize-winning book to her credit, Samantha Power cut a disarming path just about anywhere she went.
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Gary Hart / The Huffington Post:
Breaking the Final Rule  —  It will come as a surprise to many people that there are rules in politics.  Most of those rules are unwritten and are based on common understandings, acceptable practices, and the best interest of the political party a candidate seeks to lead.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and culturekitchen
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton lowers expectations in Wyo.  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A day before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were to compete for a small scattering of delegates in Wyoming, Clinton cast herself as the underdog and said the odds are not in her favor.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and MyDD
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Washington Wire:
Clinton, Obama Schedule Some Down Time
Discussion: Wake up America
Chicago Tribune:
Clinton's experience claim under scrutiny  —  Hillary Clinton may have influenced foreign policy, but evidence is scant she played pivotal role  —  WASHINGTON - Surrounded by military leaders in a Cabinet-style setting, Hillary Clinton on Thursday said she has “crossed the threshold” …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain Rejects Anti-Catholic Views  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday repudiated any views of a prominent televangelist who endorsed him last month “if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics.”  —  McCain has come under fire since …
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Want McCain to Answer 3:00 a.m. Phone Call  —  Before Hillary Clinton was declared the winner in Texas, most American voters had read, seen, or heard about her 3:00 a.m. telephone commercial.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 43% had seen at least part of the commercial …
Associated Press:
Carter, Annan to lead peace delegation to Middle East next month  —  A council of world leaders launched by former President Nelson Mandela is sending a three-person team to try to help ease tensions in the Middle East, the organization known as The Elders said Friday.
 
 
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Crossing The Threshold  —  Having taken yesterday off, I'm late on this one.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
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