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1:40 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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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, OxBlog and Open Left
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)  —  UPDATE: Samantha Power announced her resignation from the Obama presidential campaign today.  Read about it here.  —  by Rick Pearson
BBC:   Samantha Power  —  In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Clintons blocking release of pardon papers
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Aide Resigns for Calling Clinton a ‘Monster’
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Boston Globe
bls.gov:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-0294  —  Establishment data:(202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  —  http://www.bls.gov/ces/ is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EST), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, March 7, 2008.
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Associated Press:
Employers slash jobs by most in 5 years  —  February jobs data seen making recession more likely  —  WASHINGTON - Employers slashed 63,000 jobs in February, the most in five years and the starkest sign yet that the country is heading dangerously toward recession or is in one already.
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Job losses: Worst in 5 years
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Page
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: MyDD and TPM Election Central
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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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and The Reaction
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: The Housing Market Is Nowhere Near Bottom  —  Housing has been deteriorating for the last two years.  News from yesterday indicates the market stands a very good chance of getting worse.  —  From the WSJ: … Let's think about those facts for a minute.  —  1.)
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Wall Street Journal:   Housing, Bank Troubles Deepen
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.
 
 
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox's Oliver North Blames Times Square Bombings On Pelosi And House Democrats
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
The Keystone State As Clinton's Last Stand
Karen Brooks / Dallas Morning News:
With tight Texas race, don't count on delegate answer until June
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Prairie Weather
Paul Cassell / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHAT JUDGES LOOK FOR IN LAW CLERKS With the recent discussion …
Times of London:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Robert Farley / American Prospect:
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Over the Top
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Gadahn death rumors continue to surface
Matthew Yglesias:
A Friend Indeed  —  John Hagee has some odd ideas about Jews that …
Discussion: Forward.com, The RBC and QandO
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
NASA Wary of Relying on Russia
Washington Post:
Officials Lean Toward Keeping Next Iraq Assessment Secret
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Hope for a Majority Not Seen in 30 Years: 60 Seats
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Clinton supporter is armed and dangerous
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Great Non Sequitur