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10:25 AM ET, March 7, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Media Blog, The Caucus and CNN
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Clinton supporter is armed and dangerous  —  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.
Washington Post:
Clinton Strengths Aren't Lost on The Obama Team
Discussion: MSNBC and The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Clintons blocking release of pardon papers
Kitty Bennett / The Caucus:
R.N.C. Snaps Up Domain Names
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Debating a Primary Do-Over  —  It is looking increasingly likely that Democrats in Florida and Michigan are going to have a do-over of their primaries, so that their 366 delegates — who could be enough to tip the nomination one way or the other — can be seated at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Discussion: Swampland
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Clinton: I've crossed commander-in-chief threshold
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Michigan and Florida Have Democrats in a State
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
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?
Paul hints presidential campaign will end soon  —  (CNN) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is hinting that his run for the White House is about to end, saying the “presidential campaign will soon wind down.”  —  His comments came two days after Sen. John McCain became the presumptive GOP nominee.
Discussion: Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain begins to take charge at RNC  —  The Republican National Committee tomorrow will announce the appointment of three top John McCain loyalists to help coordinate the party's effort with McCain's campaign and to lead the joint voter contact program, according to GOP sources.
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Over the Top  —  An overview:  —  From the first voting in Iowa on Jan. 3 she had to prove that Clintons Are Magic.  She wound up losing 11 in a row.  Meaning Clintons aren't magic.  He had to take her out in New Hampshire, on Super Tuesday or Junior Tuesday.  He didn't.  Meaning Obama isn't magic.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Matthew Yglesias:
A Friend Indeed  —  John Hagee has some odd ideas about Jews that, as a Jewish person, make me uncomfortable.  Jews, as most people know, have suffered a lot of persecution over the years.  According to Hagee, we were getting what we deserved: … Mark Kleiman points out that Abe Foxman …
Discussion: and The RBC
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David Sirota from Creators Syndicate:
Hope In the Time of NAFTA  —  Reading articles about Hillary …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD  —  It seemed as if took the networks …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom / Snarky Bastards:
The Dune Theory of Democratic Politics, Revised
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Rein in the Obamians?  —  Obama's campaign, heretofore quite …
Hamas flags hanged outside terrorist's home
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Bigotry and violence made Paisley and Adams the Taliban of Europe
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
NASA Wary of Relying on Russia
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Desperation and the Puerto Rico primary
Deb Price / Detroit News:
Poll: Michigan's Walberg may have reelection struggle
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Officials Lean Toward Keeping Next Iraq Assessment Secret
Obamaworld versus Hillaryland
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Hope for a Majority Not Seen in 30 Years: 60 Seats
Michelle Malkin:
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Discussion: Moonbattery and Hot Air
Ali Eteraz:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Times