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9:55 AM ET, February 4, 2008

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Zogby:
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.
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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.
Zogby:
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 …
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.
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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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
All in the family: Politics and perspective  —  It gets heated around here.  It's bound to get even more heated.  We're in the middle of a contentious presidential campaign season.  There are deep and fundamental fissures in the Republican Party.  Some folks don't deal with conflict well and completely tune out.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Looks Confident; Democratic Race Tightens
Discussion: The Politico, rubber hose and Eunomia
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
BULLETIN: California's First Lady Maria Shriver Endorses Barack Obama (UPDATED)
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Obama erases Clinton's lead  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton is losing ground to Sen. Barack Obama in a national CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released on the eve of critical Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses.  —  The two are virtually tied …
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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.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Fictional Heroes  —  If I lived in contemporary Britain …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
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Alice Dembner / Boston Globe:
Subsidized care plan's cost to double
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.”
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George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Mad Magazine Uses Pulitzer Winners to Tweak Bush  —  The “usual gang of idiots,” as the editorial staff of Mad magazine lovingly describes itself, produces cultural and political parody every month.  For the next issue, however, the gang has recruited some very special help.
Discussion: Romenesko
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 …
Erica Jong / Washington Post:
Hillary vs. the Patriarchy  —  “Look, the only people for Hillary Clinton are the Democratic establishment and white women,” said Bill Kristol yesterday on Fox News Sunday, one of the many “news” outlets to expose Kristol's reliable sexism.  “The Democratic establishment would be crazy …
Discussion: Eschaton
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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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