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6:00 AM ET, March 9, 2008


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
House Dems Score Special Election Upset  —  Physicist Bill Foster (D) defeated dairy magnate Jim Oberweis (R) in the Illinois special election to replace former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R), a win that reinforces the perils facing House Republicans at the ballot box this fall.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Democrat Wins Seat Once Held by G.O.P. Speaker  —  CHICAGO — Stunning many who considered the district west of Chicago reliably Republican territory, Bill Foster, a physicist and Democrat, won a special election on Saturday to fill the Congressional seat that J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, held for two decades.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DEMS TAKE OLD HASTERT SEAT  —  The AP has called the race in the Illinois 14th for Democrat Bill Foster.  —  With more than 96% of precincts reporting, Foster has a 52-48 lead over big-spending GOP candidate Jim Oberweis.  —  Think Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) is having fun yet as chairman of the NRCC?
Discussion: The Reaction and Shakesville
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Democrats pick up Hastert's seat
Deanna Bellandi / Associated Press:
Dem. wins election to fill Hastert seat
Discussion: Macsmind
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Obama Wins Wyoming Caucuses  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Senator Barack Obama continued his string of victories in caucus states on Saturday, beating Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Wyoming by a wide margin.  —  The victory, while in a state with only 18 delegates, was welcome news for the Obama campaign …
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Obama beats Clinton in Wyoming caucuses  —  CASPER, Wyo. - Sen. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, seizing a bit of momentum in the close, hard-fought race with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.
Obama takes Wyoming caucus, CNN projects  —  CHEYENNE, Wyoming (CNN) — Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has won the Wyoming Democratic caucus, CNN projected Saturday.  —  Obama led rival Sen. Hillary Clinton at 59 percent to 40 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Wins Wyoming, Networks Say  —  CNN and NBC call Wyoming for Obama.  With 91% reporting, it's 58%-41%.  —  CNN's estimate has it that seven delegates go to Obama, and four to Hillary, with one left.  So what's outstanding is whether Obama has a net gain over her of two delegates, or four.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wyoming Democratic Caucus: Obama Wins
Discussion: The Newshoggers and The Impolitic
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Wins Wyoming Caucuses
Discussion: TalkLeft
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Could Gore Be The Nominee?  —  It's clear that for either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic presidential nomination, they'll have to win the majority of superdelegates at the convention.  But what if the superdelegates split right down the middle like Democrats across the nation?
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Newsweek
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 …
CNN:   Bill Clinton: A Clinton-Obama ticket would be ‘unstoppable’
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:   Former president calls Obama-Clinton (or Clinton-Obama) ‘unstoppable force’
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Steve King smears Obama's name says: the al-Qaida, and the …
Discussion: Macsmind, Bang the Drum and Shakesville
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Republican Congressman King: Terrorists Will “Dance In the Streets” …
Discussion: The Page, The Reaction and FOX Embeds
Washington Post:
Ex-Defense Official Assails Colleagues Over Run-Up to War  —  In the first insider account of Pentagon decision-making on Iraq, one of the key architects of the war blasts former secretary of state Colin Powell, the CIA, retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks and former Iraq occupation chief L. Paul Bremer …
Discussion: American Street
Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. / New York Times:
On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain's Bout With Melanoma  —  Along with his signature bright white hair, the most striking aspects of Senator John McCain's physical appearance are his puffy left cheek and the scar that runs down the back of his neck.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Clinton Has Only One Plausible Path to the Nomination  —  Barack Obama won 11 out of 11 primaries and caucuses from Super Tuesday to Feb. 19.  Hillary Clinton won three out of four contests on March 4.  —  Suddenly, the look and feel of the Democratic presidential race were different.
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Report: Girl “Safe And Asleep” In Hillary's 3 A.M. Ad Is Supporting...Obama!
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Washington Doesn't Sleep Here  —  WHERE we're blogging from:  —  It's Tuesday night in a two-story row house on Florida Avenue, near the nightlife of the U Street corridor, as the Texas and Ohio primary returns pour in.  —  10:36 p.m. Brief discussion of who has weirder eyebrows — Keith Olbermann or David Gregory.
Discussion: Unfogged and toohotfortnr
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