Last spring, two hours after he used his Des Moines Register blog to ridicule a suggestion by a Hillary Clinton aide that she skip the Iowa caucuses, David Yepsen's phone rang.
It was the former first lady.
"Senator, why are you calling me?" the veteran political reporter asked.
"I read your blog," said Clinton, who quoted from his posting while insisting that of course she wasn't going to skip Iowa.
The mushrooming number of political blogs on newspaper and magazine Web sites has altered the terrain of the 2008 election. Campaign officials have learned to feed the bottomless pit of these constantly updated compilations, leaking favorable tidbits -- a new poll result or television ad -- and quickly disputing negative items.
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