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3:50 PM ET, March 8, 2008


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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 …
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
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Carville on CNN's “The Situation Room”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Walden Siew / Reuters:
Banks face “systemic margin call,” $325 billion hit: JPM  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street banks are facing a “systemic margin call” that may deplete banks of $325 billion of capital due to deteriorating subprime U.S. mortgages, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said in a report late on Friday.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Washington Independent:
When Advocate Turns Advisor  —  In telling a Scottish newspaper that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is “a monster,” Samantha Power, who is a professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School and a columnist for “Time,” has become a victim of the very politics of personal destruction that Clinton …
Duncan / The Scotsman:
Obama aide quits over Scotsman interview
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.
James Beltran / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: Terrorists to cheer Obama win
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
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Speaking of Torture  —  John McCain, in one of his mavericky moments, offered up some opposition to the Bush torture regime.  Now, though, he's taken to urging Bush to keep a torture loophole open.  Basically, Bush wants a ton of torture, McCain prefers a moderate level of torture.
Discussion: Hold Fast
Dallas Morning News:
Joe Lieberman: Bush library deserves all documents  —  We have a right to see the records at the Bush library and to know who's paying for the building  —  President Franklin Roosevelt announced in 1938 that he would build a library on his Hyde Park estate to house the papers and collections …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wyoming Democratic Caucus: Huge Turnout, Results
Dotcomabc / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Calls A Hillary/Obama Ticket An ‘Almost Unstoppable Force’
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Mississippi Democratic Presidential Primary
Chris Good / The Hill:
Chabot's office apologizes for apparently breaking House rules in campaign e-mail
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
The Outrage Over an Outlook Piece
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Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state
Dick Cavett / NYT:
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Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of a Failed Presidency
Karl / protein wisdom:
TPM: Josh Marshall goes meta, teaches a useful lesson
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama: “You Won't See Me as a VP Candidate”
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's talk about the new McCain ad.