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10:50 AM ET, March 8, 2008


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Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama: “You Won't See Me as a VP Candidate”  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: While in Casper, Wyo., today Sen. Barack Obama ruled out the possibility being a vice presidential candidate during an interview with CBS' Montana affiliate KTVQ.  Here is a transcipt of what he said.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Camp Sees Fine Line in Hitting Back  —  CASPER, Wyo. — Since opening his presidential bid 14 months ago, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has answered many questions about his candidacy.  —  Can he turn inspiration into votes?  Yes.  Can he raise money?  Yes.
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton lowers expectations in Wyo.  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A day before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were to compete for a small scattering of delegates in Wyoming, Clinton cast herself as the underdog and said the odds are not in her favor.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's lost his ‘rock star’ advisor  —  Samantha Power stepped down over comments she made about rival candidate Clinton.  —  With a sparkling intellect, a mane of auburn hair and a Pulitzer Prize-winning book to her credit, Samantha Power cut a disarming path just about anywhere she went.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Power Resigns After Calling Clinton a ‘Monster’
Discussion: The Caucus and American Power
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's ‘silly’ Irish peace claims  —  Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a “wee bit silly” for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province.
Weekly Standard:
Samantha Power, Cuban humor, etc.  —  Samantha Power last week completed what might have been the most ill-starred book tour since the invention of movable type.  A Harvard professor and foreign policy writer who won a Pulitzer for her 2003 study of genocides, A Problem from Hell …
Discussion: Power Line
The Campaign Spot:
Team Clinton: 'To have two in a row suggests that this is amateur hour …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Amanda / Think Progress:
Obama Adviser: I ‘Strongly’ Believe Telecoms ‘Should Be Granted Immunity’  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has consistently spoken out and voted against granting retroactive immunity for telecoms that participated with the administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
Discussion: TPMCafe, Hold Fast, NO QUARTER and TalkLeft
Jeet Heer / Guardian Unlimited:
Obama's Canadian enemies  —  US elections 2008: The scandal over leaked comments about Nafta highlights the growing ties between Canadian and American conservatives  —  Barack Obama's political momentum, seemingly irresistible a week ago, was sideswiped by false reports from sources within …
Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of a Failed Presidency  —  How John McCain and the Republican party should deal with the Bush record.  —  The failure of the Bush presidency is the dominant fact of American politics today.  It has driven every facet of Democratic political strategy since early 2006 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Strata-Sphere
Tony Dokoupil / Newsweek:
The Stalemate Continues  —  Hillary Clinton has battled back to a virtual dead heat with Barack Obama, according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll.  And on the major issue, the economy, neither candidate is pulling ahead. … Sen. Hillary Clinton's primary victories in Texas …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Crossing The Threshold  —  Having taken yesterday off, I'm late on this one.
Karl / protein wisdom:
TPM: Josh Marshall goes meta, teaches a useful lesson  —  One of the recurring themes in my guest posts (and comments) is that bloggers and commenters should always keep in mind that they are like “high information” voters and that others simply do not pay as much attention as we do to politics and policy.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tucker Carlson unintentionally reveals the role of the American press  —  The most interesting part of the controversy over Obama advisor Samantha Power's referring to Hillary Clinton as a “monster” — one might say the only interesting part — is that immediately after Power said it, she tried to proclaim that it was “off the record.”
Dana Bartholomew / L.A. Daily News:
Anti-war judge rejects foster teen's bid to join military  —  SIMI VALLEY - Shawn Sage long dreamed of joining the military, and watching “Full Metal Jacket” last year really sold him on becoming a Marine.  —  But last fall, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner dashed the foster teen's hopes …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CAMP: ‘DIFFERENT STANDARD’ FOR HRC  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  The Obama campaign responded on Samantha Power's resignation and said there “seems to be a different standard in the Clinton campaign” on personal attacks.  —  “She made the right decision,” …
Discussion: Cogitamus and Don Surber
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Wyoming Democrats bask in the political spotlight  —  With visits by Obama and the Clinton clan in advance of today's caucuses, the state's underdogs find they're actually players.  —  CHEYENNE, WYO. — The headline in the Casper Star-Tribune the other day pretty much said it all …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Bush insists US not in recession  —  US President George W Bush has insisted the US is not in recession but says that he remains concerned about the economy's performance.  —  The latest US unemployment figures - released on Friday - showed the number of people laid off last month at its highest for five years.
Philip I. Levy / AMERICAN.COM:
Doing a Job on NAFTA
Discussion: Washington Wire
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Illinois 14: Now a Toss-Up  —  The race to succeed former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) is too close to call, and we've changed our rating of the race from Lean Republican to Toss-Up, in advance of Saturday's special election.  —  Jim Oberweis (R) and Bill Foster (D) …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Let's talk about the new McCain ad.
Steve Huntley / Chicago Sun Times:
Sorry, Sen. Obama, eight isn't enough
Associated Press:
Carter, Annan to lead peace delegation to Middle East next month
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Post Of The Day  —  Speaking for me only.  —  I tell you …
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