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8:50 AM ET, March 7, 2008


 Top Items: 
Gerri Peev / The Scotsman:
Inside US poll battle as fight turns dirty for Democrats  —  HILLARY Clinton has been branded a “monster” by one of Barack Obama's top advisers, as the gloves come off in the race to win the Democrat nomination.  —  In recent TV appearances Mrs Clinton had looked desperate and on the back foot.
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Clinton: I've crossed commander-in-chief threshold  —  In a Cabinet-style setting, surrounded by retired military leaders, Sen. Hillary Clinton said the public should ask whether Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama has met the criteria needed to become the nation's commander in chief.
NY Daily News:
A monstrous oops for Obama
Discussion: Power Line, New York Post and The Page
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Clinton weapon double-edged in Pa.  —  Together, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell make an odd pairing.  Clinton is the model of message discipline, a politician whose steely demeanor and unerring ways cause voters to question her authenticity.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Michigan and Florida Have Democrats in a State  —  As Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama competed through more than 40 contests over the past two months, Michigan and Florida remained on the sidelines, barred from participating in the Democratic presidential nomination process because they violated party rules.
Washington Post:
Clinton Strengths Aren't Lost on The Obama Team
Discussion: The Politico
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Try to End Impasse Over Delegates
Discussion: The Swamp, The Politico and Donklephant
Kitty Bennett / The Caucus:
R.N.C. Snaps Up Domain Names
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Desperation and the Puerto Rico primary  —  It's a sign of the strange times we live that this question is being asked at all:  —  Will Puerto Rico decide everything?  —  Strange because of a number of things:  —  a.  Puerto Rico has only 8 superdelegates and 55 delegates.  —  b.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
Breaking: Puerto Rico switches to a Primary, moves up to June 1  —  We've just been informed by email from Kenneth D. McClintock, DNC member from Puerto Rico, that Puerto Rico is changing from a caucus to a primary, and moving their date to June 1: … Good move.  I think we've all seen enough of overflowing caucuses rooms.
Times of London:
Row over military uniforms in public  —  Plans to urge soldiers, sailors and airmen to wear their uniforms in public were in disarray last night after RAF personnel were ordered to dress in civilian clothes while off-duty because of persistent threats and abuse.
Daily Mail:
RAF personnel ordered not to wear uniforms in public after suffering …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Party Donations Show G.O.P. Edge  —  WASHINGTON — For all the success that Democratic presidential candidates have had in raising money — taking in a combined total of over $500 million in the current race — the Republicans are beating them in one crucial area of fund-raising: the money being raised by the parties themselves.
Discussion: Redstate
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
BREAKING: MI Caucus Likely, Says DNC Rules Committee Member
The Campaign Spot:
Howard Dean: We Can't Afford Revotes in Michigan and Florida
Discussion: Gothamist, Redstate and Weekly Standard
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Ron Paul Moves on From Presidential Campaign  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: “Elections are short-term efforts,” Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, told supporters in a Web video tonight.  “Revolutions are long-term projects.”  —  Paul indicated that the 2008 presidential campaign portion of his revolution is over.
Associated Press:
Ron Paul hints he's quitting race
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and MSNBC
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: The Reaction
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Flopping Aces, Spin Cycle and QandO
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.
Jerusalem Post:
‘Terrorist fired 500-600 bullets before he was killed’  —  Eight people were reported to be killed and approximately 35 wounded in a terror attack at a seminary located near the entrance to Jerusalem on Thursday evening.  —  The exact number of people killed was yet to be confirmed …
Deb Price / Detroit News:
Poll: Michigan's Walberg may have reelection struggle  —  WASHINGTON — A new survey shows that a first-term Republican congressman from southern Michigan may have a reelection fight on his hands.  —  A survey of 7th Congressional District voters conducted by Detroit News/WXYZ-Action News …
Discussion: Blogging For Michigan
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Great Non Sequitur  —  WASHINGTON — She threw the kitchen sink at him.  Accused Barack Obama of plagiarism.  Mocked his eloquence.  Questioned his truthfulness about NAFTA.  —  Wasn't enough.  Hillary Clinton still faced extinction in Ohio and Texas.  So what do you do when you have thrown the kitchen sink?
Washington Post:
Officials Lean Toward Keeping Next Iraq Assessment Secret  —  A new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq is scheduled to be completed this month, according to U.S. intelligence officials.  But leaders of the intelligence community have not decided whether to make its key judgments public …
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Obamaworld versus Hillaryland
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Hope for a Majority Not Seen in 30 Years: 60 Seats
Michelle Malkin:
Special report: Tracing the Left's escalating war on military recruiters
Discussion: Hot Air
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: Babalu Blog and First Draft
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP Poll: More say they're Democrats
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Exclusive Interview: Clinton Looks Ahead to Mississippi
Ali Eteraz:
Harvard's Gym Closing Mistake [Updated]
Paul R. Pillar / Foreign Affairs:
Intelligent Design?  —  The Unending Saga of Intelligence Reform
Discussion: The American Scene
 Earlier Items: 
Camilla Cavendish / Times of London:
Get your cocaine from Superdrug  —  The celebrity glamorisation of drugs is irrelevant.
Discussion: Spectator
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Washington Times
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Robert Dreyfuss / The Nation:
Hothead McCain  —  If you've followed Senator John McCain at all …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why are the results so different in the primary and the caucus …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why do conservatives really find the Obama campaign “scary”?
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Members receive letters, photo of NY recruiting station sent before bombing
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama radio ad targets Clinton's Mississippi comments
Discussion: The Swamp