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8:50 AM ET, February 4, 2008


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Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain on a Roll; Clinton, Obama Neck-and-Neck in Key Super Tuesday States  —  Pollster John Zogby: “The Mac Attack appears ready to launch on Super Tuesday.  McCain's leads are commanding, except for in California where Romney leads in Southern California and among women, investors, and voters over 50.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama expands lead on Clinton in California  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama opened narrow leads on Hillary Clinton in California and Missouri one day before crucial “Super Tuesday” nominating contests in 24 states, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Monday.
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Ahead of Super Tuesday, McCain Dominates Everywhere Except California; Obama Enjoys a Super Sunday  —  UTICA, New York - Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain leads in three out of four key Super Tuesday states - winning more than 50% support in New York and New Jersey …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's Super Bowl Ad: ‘Join’  —  WILMINGTON, Del. - While Senator Barack Obama watches the Super Bowl tonight at home in Chicago, television viewers in 24 states will be able to watch him.  —  A week ago, Mr. Obama's campaign decided to purchase TV advertising in local markets for the Super Bowl.
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Clinton, Obama Tied  —  McCain Has Big Lead Among Republicans; Also, Most Americans Think Economy Is In Recession  —  (CBS) With only one full day remaining before voters in more than 20 states head to the polls on Super Tuesday, the races for the Democratic and Republican nominations …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Dyspepsia on the Right  —  The prospect of John McCain as the likely Republican presidential nominee has produced a squall of anger on the right.  Normally reserved columnists and usually ebullient talk-radio hosts vie to express their disgust with McCain, and their disdain for the Republicans who are about to nominate him.
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
In Democratic Families, Politics Makes for Estranged Bedfellows  —  Maria Shriver woke up Sunday morning and decided to surprise the audience at a rally for Barack Obama in Los Angeles, materializing alongside Oprah Winfrey and telling the crowd she was throwing her support behind Senator Obama …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
BULLETIN: California's First Lady Maria Shriver Endorses Barack Obama (UPDATED)
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Looks Confident; Democratic Race Tightens
Discussion: The Politico, rubber hose and Eunomia
Ana Marie Cox / Yahoo! News:
The ‘I Hate Romney’ Club  —  Last summer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took time out of a GOP debate to defend John McCain: “I happen to be a very big admirer of Senator McCain and I can tell you quite honestly that if I weren't running for President I would be here supporting him.”
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
GOP Senators Reassess Views About McCain  —  His Old Foes Still Wary Of His Pugnacious Style  —  John McCain once testified under oath that a Senate colleague inappropriately used tobacco corporation donations to sway votes on legislation.  He cursed out another colleague in front …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Betsy's Page
The Corner:
Boasting in Boston  —  I am so confident of both a Patriots win today and a Romney win in Massachusetts on Tuesday that I made this pledge on the air Friday: “If the NY Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, I will vote cast my Super Duper Tuesday primary vote for (shudder) John McCain.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinton, Obama, Insurance  —  The principal policy division between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama involves health care.  It's a division that can seem technical and obscure — and I've read many assertions that only the most wonkish care about the fine print of their proposals.
Agence France Presse:
Quarter of Brits think Churchill was myth: poll  —  LONDON (AFP) - Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and GINA COBB
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
HUD Chief Accused of Retaliation  —  Philadelphia Officials Sue After Land Dispute  —  Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson demanded that the Philadelphia Housing Authority transfer a $2 million public property to a developer at a substantial discount, then retaliated against the housing authority …
Discussion: cab drollery and At-Largely
Financial Times:
Private equity firms unlikely to rescue Ambac and MBIA  —  Leading private equity firms are unlikely to participate in any recapitalisation of Ambac and MBIA, increasing the pressure on banks to come up with a rescue package for the troubled US bond insurers.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Nick Beaudrot / Cogitamus:
Expectations Management  —  These breathless reports of a tied race …
George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Mad Magazine Uses Pulitzer Winners to Tweak Bush
Discussion: Romenesko
Associated Press:
Book Director of 9/11 commission influenced report
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Bush Aims To Hire More Diplomats
Discussion: Political Machine
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
Germany rejects US demand to increase Afghan deployment
Discussion: truthout and Alternate Brain
Washington Post:
U.S. Concern Over Economy Is Highest in Years
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Muslim schools to conduct own inspections
The Liberty Film Festival:
It's All Over: Liberals Officially Take Over “24″
Discussion: alicublog
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Fewer Want Bill Clinton Back in the White House
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Arizona GOP Presidential Primary
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Steve Stone / Virginian-Pilot:
Virginia Beach police seize photos from Abercrombie store
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Latest on Gore  —  According to a source close to Al Gore …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Multiple wives will mean multiple benefits
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Unbelievable and Assaultive Strip Search on an Innocent Woman

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Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Tim Reynolds / Associated Press:
The NBA's Board of Governors approves the league's next media rights deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon Prime Video; WBD could still match one of the deals

Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Sources: WBD will lay off ~1,000 employees across sectors including finance, business affairs, and production; source: fewer than 10 Max staffers are affected

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