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9:40 AM ET, March 7, 2008

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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.
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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.
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 …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama adviser regrets calling Clinton a ‘monster’  —  Samantha Power.  Power in Manhattan in January 2003.  (Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times)  —  by Rick Pearson  —  JACKSON, Miss.—Sen. Barack Obama suffered another foreign policy snafu with one of his advisers …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:   Obama radio ad targets Clinton's Mississippi comments
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.
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Washington Post:
Clinton Strengths Aren't Lost on The Obama Team  —  Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are mounting campaign efforts in Pennsylvania on a scale not seen since the Iowa caucuses, even as the Obama campaign attempts to cast the April 22 contest as just another in a string of more than a dozen to go.
Discussion: The Politico
Kitty Bennett / The Caucus:
R.N.C. Snaps Up Domain Names
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Michigan and Florida Have Democrats in a State
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP Poll: More say they're Democrats
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Try to End Impasse Over Delegates
Discussion: The Swamp, The Politico and Donklephant
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?
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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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLLARS....Obama foreign policy advisor Susan Rice …
Discussion: The Debatable Land
SurveyUSA:
Electoral Math as of 03/06/08: Obama 280, McCain 258
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.
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
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Housing, Bank Troubles Deepen  —  Foreclosures Reach  —  A New Record;  —  Home Equity Falls  —  Two crucial barometers of the nation's housing market have worsened markedly in recent months, ratcheting up pressure on policy makers in Washington for action to stem the growing housing crisis …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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J.W. Elphinstone / Associated Press:
Homeowner equity is lowest since 1945
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.
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
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The Campaign Spot:
Howard Dean: We Can't Afford Revotes in Michigan and Florida
Discussion: Gothamist, Redstate and Weekly Standard
Economist:
Obamaworld versus Hillaryland  —  The contenders are battling over the soul of the Democratic Party  —  JOHN EDWARDS has been saying since 2004 that there are two Americas—the America of the rich and privileged and the America of the poor and put-upon.  The results of March 4th proved that there are also two Democratic Parties.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Hope for a Majority Not Seen in 30 Years: 60 Seats  —  WASHINGTON — When Mark Begich, the popular 45-year-old mayor of Anchorage, came to town for a meeting of mayors in January, he was beckoned to the Capitol by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada.
 
 
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