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7:05 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 …
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Foster's win spells trouble for GOP in House, Illinois
MSNBC:
March 9: Ed Rendell, Tom Daschle, political roundtable  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Last night Barack Obama bounces back and wins the Wyoming caucuses after Hillary Clinton's big victories Tuesday in Ohio and Texas.  What now?  For the Obama campaign, the former Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Swampland
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / The Talk:
Mich., Fla. Dilemma Consumes Democrats
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Fla. mail-in primary plan gains traction
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Editor
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.
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Matt / Think Progress:
Bozell Ignores Iraq War, Falsely Claims Clinton ‘Devastated’ The ‘Military Infrastructure’  —  In the Washington Post today, Brent Bozell, the president of the conservative Media Research Center, argues that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “may have the Beltway crowd in his corner, but grass-roots conservatives aren't sold.”
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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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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Obama and the Pet Rock  —  In fall 1975 I remember sitting in the Stanford student lounge watching two apparently educated and bright students compare their pet rocks, as the craze spread all over Silicon Valley and then went national.  By summer few would admit they had purchased one.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
JTA:
Clinton campaign drops Celebi  —  The Clinton campaign is no longer taking contributions from a Turkish American who financed a film that depicted an American Jew trading in Iraqi body parts.  —  Mehmet Celebi had been listed on the presidential campaign website of U.S. Sen. Hilalry Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Punch
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
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Living With Bloggers  —  Very interesting story in the NYT today about how some top liberal bloggers (including Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein) live together in DC.  I love how in the picture, they all sort of look alike.  I wonder if they always looked alike, or if that happened after they moved in???
Discussion: Gawker and New York Times
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.
 
 
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Alice Martin's War
Discussion: Majikthise and Firedoglake
Creature / State of the Day:
John McCain: America's neighborhoods are like Baghdad
Discussion: Angry Bear and AMERICAblog
Suzanne Smalley / Newsweek:
‘A Common Experience’
Discussion: The New Republic
Matthew d'Ancona / Telegraph:
After this, we can't believe a word you say, Gordon Brown
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLLARS....UPDATED....A couple of days ago I wondered aloud …
Discussion: TalkLeft and PolySigh
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Oklahoma State Rep. Goes On Anti-Gay Tirade
David Olinger / Denver Post:
Obama wows Casper; Clinton next
Discussion: TalkLeft and Cogitamus
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE IRON LADY  —  The Clinton campaign returns from the dead, again.
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Cliff May / The Corner:
George Orwell, Call Your Office
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Playing Favorites? Don't Be So Sure.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Julian Sanchez:
Substandard  —  It's a sign of the amount of raw misinformation …
Discussion: The New Republic
Dallas Morning News:
Many Obama voters ignored other Texas primary races
Discussion: TalkLeft and TRAIL BLAZERS
Times of London:
Hamas wages Iran's proxy war on Israel
Muckraker / Muckraked:
Turning the Page: ‘The Man Who Pushed America to War’
Gwynnie / Maggie's Farm:
Major Brian Shul: “I loved that jet”
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Hillary Clinton And Rwanda