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11:05 AM ET, March 8, 2008

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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
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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.
The Campaign Spot:
Team Clinton: ‘To have two in a row suggests that this is amateur hour in formulating foreign policy.’  —  The Clinton campaign quickly organized a conference call with surrogates to beat up Obama for his adviser Samantha Power's comments.  —  Wes Clark: The comments from Obama adviser Samantha Power are …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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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.
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 …
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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
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.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Sharp Drop in Jobs Adds to Grim Economic Picture  —  WASHINGTON — The worst fears of consumers, investors and Washington officials were confirmed on Friday, as deepening paralysis on Wall Street collided with stark new evidence of falling employment and a likely recession.
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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 …
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Crossing The Threshold  —  Having taken yesterday off, I'm late on this one.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Torn between 2 white liberal guilts  —  Well, we will have Hillary Clinton to kick around some more, at least for another few weeks.  The Mummy (as my radio pal Hugh Hewitt calls her) kicked open the sarcophagus door and, despite the rotting bandages dating back to Iowa, began staggering around, terrorizing folks all over again.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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, TalkLeft and NO QUARTER
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Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan do-over election hits a new wall  —  Obama rejects Granholm idea, state party says  —  The obstacles to a do-over election to pick Michigan's delegates to the Democratic National Convention seemed to grow Friday, after Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign officials told …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Caucus
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 …
 
 
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