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4:05 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 …
Dallas Morning News:
Many Obama voters ignored other Texas primary races  —  wslater@dallasnews.com; gjeffers@dallasnews.com  —  Backers of both Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton turned out with passionate support for their candidate in last week's Texas primary.  But once they got in the voting booth, they did something different.
Discussion: TalkLeft and TRAIL BLAZERS
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.
L. Brent Bozell / Washington Post:
From the Right, He Looks Too Blue  —  Think real conservatives will vote for John McCain?  Don't count on it.  —  The conservative talk-show community?  Don't mind them — they're irrelevant.  —  This message from John McCain surrogates and other members of the political class is filling the airwaves and op-ed pages.
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.
 
 
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Reuters:
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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 …
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