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12:55 PM 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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The Campaign Spot:
Team Clinton: 'To have two in a row suggests that this is amateur hour …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Camp Sees Fine Line in Hitting Back
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Reaction and The Politico
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Vetoes Bill That Would Limit Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — Despite Congressional efforts to force a change in course, President Bush further cemented his legacy of establishing strong executive powers Saturday, giving the Central Intelligence Agency broad latitude to use harsh interrogation techniques …
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Russ Mitchell / Spencer Daily Reporter:
King announced bid for fourth term  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King on Friday announced his bid for a fourth term in Congress — and he raised some eyebrows with comments about National Security under a potential Barack Obama administration.  —  King held major press events in Sioux City and Council Bluffs as part of his announcement tour.
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James Beltran / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: Terrorists to cheer Obama win
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: TalkLeft, The Swamp, MyDD and The Caucus
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tucker Carlson unintentionally reveals the role of the American press  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
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.
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 …
Dick Cavett / NYT:
A Most Uncommon Man  —  It was my freshman year at Yale.  I was fresher than most — and from Nebraska — so just about everything I saw, heard and did that year astonished me.  —  Mr. Cecil Lang, my English teacher, ended a class one day with the words, “You might want to drop by the Law School tonight.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Downside of Obama Strategy  —  Democrats in Wyoming will hold caucuses today and — following what is now a familiar pattern — are expected to give Sen. Barack Obama the majority of their 12 pledged delegates.
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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Al Baker / New York Times:
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign
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Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state
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Hillary Clinton's weapon: the kitchen sink
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Illinois 14: Now a Toss-Up  —  The race to succeed former House …
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Commodity prices and the Fed
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Wyoming Democrats bask in the political spotlight
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CAMP: ‘DIFFERENT STANDARD’ FOR HRC
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Dana Bartholomew / L.A. Daily News:
Anti-war judge rejects foster teen's bid to join military
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's talk about the new McCain ad.
Steve Huntley / Chicago Sun Times:
Sorry, Sen. Obama, eight isn't enough
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Post Of The Day  —  Speaking for me only.  —  I tell you …
Discussion: MyDD, Corrente and Taylor Marsh