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5:25 PM ET, March 8, 2008


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Elisa Hahn / KING-TV:
Local girl makes unexpected appearance in Hillary ad  —  BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - The political ad that sparked nationwide controversy turns out to have a surprising local connection.  —  One of the actors in the Hillary Clinton ad was shocked to see herself, especially because she's a fierce supporter of Barack Obama.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wyoming Democratic Caucus: Huge Turnout, Results  —  Update: I think I've found the answer as to why the race hasn't been called by CNN, thanks to McJoan and Pocket Nines at Daily Kos.  Four counties start caucusing in 5 minutes at 2:00 pm MT. One starts at 6pm.  —  That's it for me, I'm willing to call Wyoming an Obama win.
Obama takes early lead in Wyoming  —  Party strains to accommodate crowds; candidates seek boost for Mississippi  —  CASPER, Wyo. - Barack Obama led rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in voting returns Saturday as Democrats crowded caucuses in Wyoming, the latest contest in the candidates' close …
Discussion: MyDD and Associated Press
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 …
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Obama's strategy to deny MI & FL  —  Obama is sending out signals that they will reject Florida and Michigan having a new election, while at same time rejecting the notion that either MI or FL should have their votes counted toward the Democratic nomination.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign  —  John McCain is getting much more than President Bush's endorsement and fundraising help for his campaign.  He's getting Bush's staff.  —  It's no secret that Steve Schmidt, Bush's attack dog in the 2004 election, and Mark McKinnon …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The O'Reilly Factor: Karl Rove Points To McCain's Adopted Daughter As Example Of McCain's Worthiness  —  It is no longer possible to have your irony meter redline when Karl Rove appears on TV.  He is so beyond the pale, so completely entrenched in his alternative reality that the only thing left …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Announces Veto of Waterboarding Ban  —  President Bush said Saturday that he has vetoed legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics because it “would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror.”
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Steve King smears Obama's name says: the al-Qaida, and the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11  —  And you thought it would only be the walkie-talkie type Bill Cunningham's of the Republican Party …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Dotcomabc / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Calls A Hillary/Obama Ticket An ‘Almost Unstoppable Force’  —  ABC's Sarah Amos reports: While Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both taking the day off from campaigning, Hillary's number one surrogate and husband, Bill Clinton, is spending the day in Mississippi …
James Kimberly / Chicago Tribune:
Vote today, but it's just round one  —  An intense and expensive monthlong campaign to replace retired House Speaker Dennis Hastert in Congress culminates with an unusual Saturday special election in the far western suburbs.  —  Republican dairy owner Jim Oberweis, Democratic physicist Bill Foster …
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Chris Good / The Hill:
Chabot's office apologizes for apparently breaking House rules in campaign e-mail
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Hillary Isn't the Monster  —  I was at first relieved to learn that Senator Barack Obama had chosen Samantha Power as a foreign policy advisor.  Her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide is hardly wishy-washy or leftist, and I concur with Max Boot that it could have been written by a neoconservative.
Discussion: alicublog
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Washington Independent:
When Advocate Turns Advisor
New York Times:
Obama in Senate: Star Power, Minor Role  —  Senator Barack Obama stood before Washington's elite at the spring dinner of the storied Gridiron Club.  In self-parody, he ticked off his accomplishments, little more than a year after arriving in town.  —  “I've been very blessed,” Mr. Obama told the crowd assembled in March 2006.
Discussion: The Page
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: TownHall Blog and PrairiePundit
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Seeing an End to the Good Times (Such as They Were)  —  If history is a reliable guide, the recession of 2008 is now unavoidable.  —  The dismal jobs report released Friday showed overall employment to be lower than it was three months ago.  Every time such a slump has occurred since the early 1970s …
Rasmussen Reports:
Mississippi Democratic Presidential Primary  —  Mississippi: Obama 53% Clinton 39%  —  While most of the political world is focused on the Pennsylvania Primary scheduled for April 22 or the Democrats' delegate dilemma, Mississippi is hosting a Primary of its own this coming Tuesday.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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Pledged Delegates The Will Of The People? Not Hardly
Andrew Drummond / Telegraph:
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Pete Mansoor / SWJ Blog:
Misreading the History of the Iraq War
Obama And FARC  —  Terrorism: The March 1 death strike …
Edward Whelan / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Constitution
Dallas Morning News:
Joe Lieberman: Bush library deserves all documents
Discussion: Think Progress
Walden Siew / Reuters:
Banks face “systemic margin call,” $325 billion hit: JPM
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
Speaking of Torture  —  John McCain, in one of his mavericky moments …
Discussion: Hold Fast
Wall Street Journal:
Some Asbestos Grace  —  The asbestos lawsuit blob has grown …
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
Obama stance on Iraq shows evolving view
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Caucus
Dan Lothian / CNN:
GOP legislator saw little ‘bold’ about Obama
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
The Outrage Over an Outlook Piece
Dick Cavett / NYT:
A Most Uncommon Man  —  It was my freshman year at Yale.
Washington Post:
Downside of Obama Strategy
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC: