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3:55 PM ET, March 7, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama adviser resigns; called Clinton ‘monster’  —  Power told newspaper rival candidate stooping to low tactics  —  LONDON - A Barack Obama adviser resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster.”  —  Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Commentary
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
In “Monster"-Gate, Clintonites Get Away with a Slur, While Respected Obama Aide Falls  —  The big news today—if you listen to the Hillary Clinton camp—is that Samantha Power, a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama (and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Problem from Hell …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Clinton Rules  —  The new meme is that politics has returned to normal and that this election will now be run by Clinton rules.  Many are relieved by this.  You could sense the palpable discomfort among many in Washington that their world might actually shift a little next year.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
BBC:
Samantha Power  —  In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast on 6 March 2008, Stephen Sackur talks to Barack Obama's foreign policy adviser, Samantha Power.  —  This week Barack Obama had a chance to take a decisive lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for President, but he couldn't take it.
Discussion: The Trail and Boston Globe
Matthew Yglesias:
Power Outage  —  So thinking a bit more reflectively …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton skewers Obama on Samantha Power
Discussion: The Trail and TPM Election Central
Krooney / The Page:
Power Shocker II: Adviser Pulls Back on Obama Iraq Pledge
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Commentary
The Fact Hub:
Power Says Obama Iraq Plan Is Only A ‘Best Case Scenario’
Discussion: Spin Cycle
CNN:
Obama adviser resigns over comment
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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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN GETS TESTY WITH THE PRESS  —  From NBC's Bethany Thomas  —  What began as a typical chat session with traveling reporters on the plane from Atlanta to New Orleans quickly became a testy exchange with McCain.  The senator was questioned on the details of a conversation …
Discussion: Shakesville and American Street
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
McCain clashes with NYT reporter
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   John McCain flies off the handle with NY Times Reporter over John Kerry VP question
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: Ohio Daily Blog and MyDD
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Rasmussen Reports:
42% Want McCain to Answer 3:00 a.m. Phone Call
Discussion: Power Line, Wake up America and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary
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 …
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 …
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Stop the Mortgage Crisis  —  The potential collapse of house prices, accompanied by widespread mortgage defaults, is a major threat to the American economy.  A voluntary loan-substitution program could reduce the number of defaults and dampen the decline in house prices …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and EconLog
 
 
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