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11:20 PM ET, March 9, 2008

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Chris / TVNewser:
Tucker Canceled; Other Programming Changes Ahead  —  Insiders tell TVNewser Tucker Carlson's 6pmET show Tucker is getting the axe, but Carlson stays on as a political contributor to all MSNBC shows at least through the 2008 election.  The official announcement, expected tomorrow …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Wins Proxy War Versus McCain  —  Yesterday, little-known Democrat Bill Foster scored a major upset and won the congressional seat held for 20 years by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican.  The race was a proxy war between Barack Obama and John McCain.  Obama cut an add for Foster — watch it:
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Foster's win spells trouble for GOP in House, Illinois
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Feith at war; Bush in song (and hat)
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Veepstakes  —  There's an obvious winner.  —  When John McCain begins his search for a vice presidential running mate, he'll quickly come upon a sad fact.  He wants a candidate who will be seen as a plausible president.  That's criterion number one.  He also wants someone who won't subtract from his campaign in any serious way.
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: Blue Crab Boulevard and NO QUARTER
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.
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / The Talk:
Mich., Fla. Dilemma Consumes Democrats
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 …
Jonathan Pitts / Baltimore Sun:
Right at home  —  Michelle Malkin may seem like any mild-mannered blogger in her Baltimore-area home, but she's reviled by liberals like almost no one else online  —  Michelle Malkin has worked for Fox News for eight years and has two popular blogs that get 15.1 million page views per month.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Preview?  —  The beginning of a potential fall race:
Suzanne Smalley / Newsweek:
‘A Common Experience’  —  In an interview with NEWSWEEK, the senator explains why, no matter the end result, the race is ‘win-win.’  —  Jonathan Torgovnik / Getty Images for Newsweek  —  ‘Extraordinary Movement’: Clinton bonds with supporters … An upbeat Hillary Clinton …
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
PA Daily: Mass Murderer is a Martyr  —  (IsraelNN.com) Mahmoud Abbas's official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper has honored the terrorist who gunned down eight high school students at point blank range with the status of shahid, or holy Islamic martyr.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PRIMARY COLLARS....UPDATED....A couple of days ago I wondered aloud if we should really be worried about the attacks that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are leveling at each other right now.  Is John McCain really likely to use these attacks in TV ads during the general election?
Discussion: Angry Bear, TalkLeft and PolySigh
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
WAS THERE AN OBAMA-DALEY DEAL ON THE PRESIDENCY?  —  This is another in a series of stories that received some play in Chicago at the time it occurred but never made it past the state line for some reason.  —  It is especially curious that this story never took off nationally because far …
Discussion: Donklephant
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Terms of Debate  —  In my diary yesterday, “Candidate Strength &The Party's Future: SUSA Presidential Match-Ups—A Deeper Look” one of the striking things that stood out was Obama's strength in the West and Midwest, compared to his weakness in the South-a pattern that fit exactly …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Cogitamus
 
 
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New York Times:
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Alice Martin's War
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John McCain: America's neighborhoods are like Baghdad
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Living With Bloggers  —  Very interesting story in the NYT today …
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Oklahoma State Rep. Goes On Anti-Gay Tirade
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE IRON LADY  —  The Clinton campaign returns from the dead, again.
Discussion: The New Republic
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Playing Favorites? Don't Be So Sure.
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JTA:
Clinton campaign drops Celebi
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
How government makes things worse
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Solomonia
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China
Tina Brown / Newsweek:
Hillary and the Invisible Women