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3:40 PM ET, February 3, 2008


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Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two days before the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, Gallup Poll Daily tracking data show Hillary Clinton (46%) and Barack Obama (44%) in a statistical dead heat …
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
State poll shows huge gains by Obama, McCain  —  A startling surge of support for Barack Obama has catapulted the Illinois senator into a virtual tie with Hillary Rodham Clinton in California's Democratic presidential primary, a Field Poll released Saturday shows.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Pro-Clinton push poll erupts in California  —  Ed Coghlan was just starting to prepare his dinner in the northern San Fernando Valley the other night when the phone rang.  The caller was very friendly.  He identified himself as a pollster who wanted to ask registered independents …
Discussion: Calitics
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Zogby: Obama, Romney Ahead In California  —  A new Zogby poll in California — a state that may well decide the direction of the Democratic race — shows Barack Obama taking a small lead over Hillary Clinton, within the margin of error.  Obama has 45% to Clinton's 41%, with Obama's 20-point …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton, McCain lead in bellwether Super Tuesday states  —  WASHINGTON — Republican John McCain leads in all four corners of the country heading into a rush of primaries on Tuesday, while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were locked in a close struggle for delegates coast to coast …
David Wiessler / Reuters:
Clinton, Obama in dead heat ahead of big vote  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were locked in a near dead heat two days before the biggest presidential voting so far while John McCain tried to nail down the Republican nomination for the White House.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
The Conservative Minority  —  I feel like I'm beating a dead horse on the issue, but the continued high pitched battle between conservative Republicans who have rallied around conservative-come-lately Mitt Romney in hopes of defeating Teddy Kennedy's Good Friend John McCain remains the most interesting story this election cycle.
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
What These Eyes Have Seen  —  He's endured the unendurable, and survived.  Inside the mind and heart of John McCain. … During the 2000 election, Republican smear artists trying to stop the presidential campaign of John McCain spread rumors that the former POW was “nuts” because he had been …
Romney predicts conservatives will stop McCain  —  (CNN) — Mitt Romney predicted Sunday his party's conservative base will rally behind him on Super Tuesday in order to prevent John McCain from winning the Republican nomination.  —  “What I have to do is continue to see what's been happening …
Andante Higgins / CBS News:   McCain: “I Assume That I Will Get the Nomination”
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
Fall back, men, Afghanistan is a nasty war we can never win  —  Britain's commanders ignored every warning that the Taliban were the toughest fighters on earth  —  The American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, flies to Britain this week to meet a crisis entirely of London and Washington's creation.
Jason Burke / Observer:
Taliban attacks on allied troops soar
Discussion: The Seminal
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: Mitt Romney Talks Super Tuesday  —  We've already done our big get-to-know-you interview with Mitt Romney, but with Super Tuesday coming up in a couple of days and the race tight, we thought we'd catch up with him again.  We asked him about gun control …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Discussion: Ross Douthat and
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Evangelicals a Liberal Can Love  —  At a New York or Los Angeles cocktail party, few would dare make a pejorative comment about Barack Obama's race or Hillary Clinton's sex.  Yet it would be easy to get away with deriding Mike Huckabee's religious faith.  —  Liberals believe deeply …
Carl / The Reaction:
Because I'm B.A.D., ya know it!  —  Today is the anniversary of a dark day in Blogtopia (© Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo).  —  One year ago, Atrios (also known as Duncan Hunter), proprietor of the feebly-written (except for his co-bloggers) blog, “Eschaton,” decided to trim his blogroll for...well, his own reasons.
Peter Wehner / Washington Post:
Why Republicans Like Obama  —  Barack Obama is not only popular among Democrats, he's also an appealing figure to many Republicans.  Former GOP House member Joe Scarborough, now a host on MSNBC, reports that after every important Obama speech, he is inundated with e-mails praising the speech …
Ronald Reagan / Newsweek:
Crackup?  Not So Fast.  —  Calm down.  The GOP's demise isn't as imminent as some would have it.  —  “We are at the end of the Reagan era.”  Or, at least, that is the claim of voices as diverse as Newt Gingrich and Ed Rollins on the right and Sen. Chuck Schumer and pollster Stanley Greenberg on the left.
Rick Perlstein / Washington Post:
Getting Past the '60s?  It's Not Going to Happen.  —  Getting Past the '60s?  It's Not Going to Happen.  —  O ne of the most fascinating notions raised by the current presidential campaign is the idea that the United States can and must finally overcome the divisions of the 1960s.
Jeff Stein / CQ Politics:
State Secret Abuses Come to a Boil  —  Imagine members of a Mission Impossible team listening to their assignment.  They get the usual warning about the government disowning them if they're caught.  Then the voice on the tape casually adds, “If we screw up, don't even think of complaining, much less suing.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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