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1:50 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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DEMS TAKE OLD HASTERT SEAT
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US troops may have become sick in Iraq from contaminated water  —  WASHINGTON: Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using “unmonitored and potentially unsafe” water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog said.
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.
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Wins Wyoming Caucuses
 
 
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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
L. Brent Bozell / Washington Post:
From the Right, He Looks Too Blue
Kate Santich / Chicago Tribune:
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson supports mail-in primary for Florida
Reuters:
Bush yearns for Texas in rare singing performance
Muckraker / Muckraked:
Turning the Page: ‘The Man Who Pushed America to War’
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
VOTER TURNOUT....Via Brendan Nyhan, here's a fascinating little piece …
Discussion: The RBC
 Earlier Items: 
Pajamas Media:
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Associated Press:
Steve King, Republican Congressman: Al-Qaida Will Be “Dancing …
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Could Gore Be The Nominee?  —  It's clear that for either …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Washington Doesn't Sleep Here
Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. / New York Times:
On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain's Bout With Melanoma
Paul Krugman:
What's Ben doing? (Very wonkish)