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6:40 PM ET, February 5, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
West Virginia Intrigue  —  After the first round of balloting in West Virginia, Mitt Romney was solidly in the lead with 41% of the votes, followed by Mike Huckabee with 33% and John McCain with 16%.  —  Since 50% is needed to win all 18 delegates, a second balloting is underway.
Huckabee first on the board on Super Tuesday  —  (CNN) — Republican Mike Huckabee scored the first Super Tuesday victory, winning all 18 delegates at stake in West Virginia — partially with the help of Sen. John McCain's backers.  —  “It gives us some real wind to our backs as we go into tonight …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Rush Limbaugh *endorses Mitt Romney  —  Levin, Hannity, Ingraham and now Nobel nominee Rush Limbaugh (membership req'd): Big talk radio swings unanimously for Mitt Romney.  Rush makes several solid points that you've heard before, mostly regarding how McCain represents the GOP's national security wing …
Tom Searls / Charleston Gazette:
Huckabee wins W.Va. GOP convention  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee captured the 18 West Virginia delegates up for grabs at the state's Republican convention on Tuesday, the first of many presidential contests on Super Tuesday.  —  Huckabee won on the second ballot …
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Feb. 2-4, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama remain fairly closely matched in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, although Clinton appears to have stopped Obama's momentum over the past two days.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney loses West Virginia!
Discussion: The Swamp
Ron Paul 2008:
Ron Paul Secures Three Delegates in West Virginia State Convention
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Lonewacko
Gallup Guru:
Is Huckabee hurting Romney?
Discussion: Riehl World View and
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
Limbaugh Defends Clinton and Obama on Iraq  —  Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is so exasperated about Senator McCain's surge in the Republican presidential contest that he is coming to the defense of Senators Clinton and Obama.  —  On Mr. Limbaugh's program today, he said people should not be rushing …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh says McCain's camp manipulated Bob Dole: John Kerry …
Discussion: Ice Station Tango
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Penn: More debates!  (One on Fox!)  —  In a conference call with reporters, Clinton strategist Mark Penn announced that Clinton would like to face off against Obama in one debate every week between now and March 4.  —  “The campaign believes that it's critically important that we continue the debate …
Discussion: The Field
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Accepts Fox News Debate  —  Risking the ire of progressive activists, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that it has accepted a debate to air on Fox News on February 11, according to her chief strategist Mark Penn.  —  “There is an enormous interest in these debates an clamoring …
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The top American intelligence official said on Tuesday that Al Qaeda is improving its ability to attack within the United States by recruiting and training new operatives.  At the same time, he said, the group's affiliate in Iraq …
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Our Politicized Intelligence Services  —  Today, Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee (and Thursday on the House side) to give the intelligence community's annual global threat analysis.  These hearings are always significant …
The Campaign Spot:
Early Exit Polls in Massachusetts: Dems Close, Romney Up Big  —  My first word of exit poll results says that the first two waves of results in Massachusetts show a “dead heat” between Hillary and Obama, and a 20-point margin for Romney among Republicans.
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Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fourth undersea cable cut near UAE, suspicions rise  —  For the fourth time in a week, an undersea communications cable has apparently been cut (or “failed due to a power outage,” as some sources suggest), and while no official reports of subversion have surfaced just yet, things are beginning to get suspicious.
Attaturk / Rising Hegemon:
A Day which will live in Wankery  —  Five years ago today, Colin Powell decided to spend all of his credibility to sell George Bush's War.  The war John McLovin' wants to last 100 years.  A war that costs us more than $100 billion every year (and probably about $2 trillion so far) — and will cost thousands more dead this year.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Die Has Been Cast  —  Like many I prefer McCain but will gladly support Romney if he wins the nomination.  His campaign ad here in California against Hillary's inexperience was excellent, and so was McCain's on his new views on illegal immigration.  —  But so far today I have gotten …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Re: Romney Flip-Flops; Dole Now “Terrific Guy”
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Marc Cooper / The Huffington Post:
The Battle for California: Gettysburg or Waterloo?
Discussion: Salon, Cynics' Party and SFGate
Hotline On Call:
AZ Robocall Hits Obama On Social Security
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Matalin: Romney Has 'What All Americans Want In The White House …
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Us Weekly:
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Conservatives Dropped the Ball
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Attorney General Reverses Curbs On Gay Group at Justice Department
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Picking up, putting aside the poor
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Rolling Stone:
Mellencamp Asks McCain to Stop Using Tunes