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4:30 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 …
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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
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.
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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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.”
Associated Press:
Bush vetoes bill banning waterboarding
Discussion: TalkLeft and The RBC
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wyoming Democratic Caucus: Huge Turnout, Results  —  Update: Latest state delegate totals: Obama 140, Hillary 97.  Why don't they call the race?  The big counties are in.  (Except Sweetwater's delegates aren't included in the numbers. )  —  Update: Obama takes Laramie (Cheyenne) and Fremont.
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Associated Press:   Obama takes early lead in Wyoming
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Obama leads Clinton in Wyoming caucuses
Discussion: MyDD and Ohio Daily Blog
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 Democrats.com
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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 …
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
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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
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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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Edward Whelan / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Constitution
Dallas Morning News:
Joe Lieberman: Bush library deserves all documents
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Mississippi Democratic Presidential Primary
Chris Good / The Hill:
Chabot's office apologizes for apparently breaking House rules in campaign e-mail
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Washington Independent:
When Advocate Turns Advisor
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
The Outrage Over an Outlook Piece
Dick Cavett / NYT:
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Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of a Failed Presidency
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CAMP: ‘DIFFERENT STANDARD’ FOR HRC