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4:00 PM ET, March 9, 2008

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James Kimberly / Chicago Tribune:
Foster takes seat from GOP  —  Democrat to succeed Hastert in Republican stronghold  —  In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Feith at war; Bush in song (and hat)  —  BREAKING NEWS - “AP Exclusive: U.S. troops may have become sick in Iraq from contaminated water” - The Pentagon inspector general says dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using “unmonitored and potentially unsafe” water supplied by contractor KBR …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various items  —  (updated below)  —  (1) A special election was held in Illinois yesterday for the Congressional seat occupied forever by retiring GOP former House Speaker Denny Hastert.  The district is bright red, having re-elected Hastert in 2006 with 60% and having voted for Bush's 2004 re-election by a 55-45% margin.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Foster's win spells trouble for GOP in House, Illinois
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Emptywheel:
Dougie's Rant  —  I'm less interested in the news that Dougie Feith …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Monster Mash  —  I was covered in barbecue sauce, somewhere over Texas, when Barack Obama loped down the aisle of the plane to chat with reporters.  —  I felt guilty, because I had been covering his speeches urging parents to make their kids give up chips and Popeyes.
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton sets her sights on three ways to win  —  Clinton aims to win the popular vote, secure reruns in Florida and Michigan and undermine Obama's credibility as the candidate to beat McCain  —  FRESH from her victories in three out of four states last week and surging back in the national polls …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Confronting the Kitchen Sink
Times of London:
Hamas wages Iran's proxy war on Israel  —  A Hamas leader admits hundreds of his fighters have travelled to Tehran  —  The Hamas commander was in a hurry.  Hunched forward in a navy-blue parka, with the wind-chapped skin and drawn eyes of someone who had been outdoors all night, he had just returned from the front line with Israel.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Influential Democrats Waiting to Choose Sides  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's trio of victories over Sen. Barack Obama last week appears to have convinced a sizable number of uncommitted Democratic superdelegates to wait until the end of the primaries and caucuses before picking a candidate …
Tina Brown / Newsweek:
Hillary and the Invisible Women  —  Up Against the Wall: Clinton is at her best when things look grim, as they did before the Texas vote, when her traveling press corps was stashed in a men's room … Hillary Clinton's run-up to the Texas and Ohio primaries was the political equivalent of Hell Week for a Navy SEAL.
Olivia Ward / Toronto Star:
Ten worst countries for women  —  In spite of real progress around the globe, the bedrock problems that have dogged women for centuries remain  —  The image of the 21st century woman is confident, prosperous, glowing with health and beauty.  —  But for many of the 3.3 billion female occupants …
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Fla. mail-in primary plan gains traction  —  WASHINGTON - A consensus began to emerge Sunday that the best way to give Florida's Democrats a voice in electing a candidate for president lies with the U.S. Postal Service.  —  The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kate Santich / Chicago Tribune:   U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson supports mail-in primary for Florida
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Hillary Clinton And Rwanda  —  Bill Clinton claims that Hillary Clinton urged him to intervene militarily in Rwanda: … When Hillary Clinton was asked whether this was true, she said “It is.”  —  I have no idea whether or not this is true.  But I do know a couple of related things.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
How government makes things worse  —  WHAT DO ethanol and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common?  Each is a good reminder of that most powerful of unwritten decrees, the Law of Unintended Consequences - and of the all-too-frequent tendency of solutions imposed by the state to exacerbate the harms they were meant to solve.
Discussion: Solomonia
Gwynnie / Maggie's Farm:
Major Brian Shul: “I loved that jet”  —  This piece by Major Shul came in over the transom:  —  In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist camps in Libya.  My duty was to fly over Libya …
 
 
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Julian Sanchez:
Substandard  —  It's a sign of the amount of raw misinformation …
Discussion: The New Republic
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China
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Dallas Morning News:
Many Obama voters ignored other Texas primary races
Discussion: TalkLeft and TRAIL BLAZERS
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
Feiglin banned from entering Britain
Karl / protein wisdom:
Election 2008: Falling down on the Hispanic vote
Discussion: The Impolitic and USA Today
Ryan Sabey / News of the World:
Terror moles at the Met
 Earlier Items: 
L. Brent Bozell / Washington Post:
From the Right, He Looks Too Blue
Reuters:
Bush yearns for Texas in rare singing performance
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US troops may have become sick in Iraq from contaminated water
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
VOTER TURNOUT....Via Brendan Nyhan, here's a fascinating little piece …
Discussion: The RBC
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Wins Wyoming, Networks Say
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
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