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5:50 PM ET, February 6, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama claims delegate lead  —  In a surprise twist after a chaotic Super Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) passed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in network tallies of the number of delegates the candidates racked up last night.  —  Clinton was portrayed in many news accounts …
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The Politico:
Five reasons Hillary should be worried  —  Hillary Clinton survived a Super Tuesday scare.  But there are five big reasons the former first lady should be spooked by the current trajectory of the campaign.  —  Longtime Clinton friends say she recognizes the peril in careening between near …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Directly Attacks Bill's Presidency, Blames It For Massive Dem Losses  —  In what may be Obama's most direct and aggressive criticism of Bill Clinton's presidency yet, the Obama campaign dropped a new mailer just before Super Tuesday that blasts “the Clintons” for wreaking massive losses …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama, Clinton separated by 0.4 percent on Super Tuesday
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio Emerges As Real Super Tuesday Winner
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Weighs A Self-Loan To Finance Campaign  —  As first floated by The Page, I can confirm that, according to advisers to the campaign, Sen. Hillary Clinton is weighing a self-loan in order to finance a competitive race against Barack Obama over the next few weeks.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million  —  Senator Hillary Clinton confirmed at a press conference in Virginia this afternoon that she'd loaned her campaign $5 million, and said, “The results last night proved the wisdom of my investment..”  —  Spokesman Howard Wolfson emailed with the news minutes earlier:
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Loaned Her Campaign $5 Million, Spokesperson Confirms  —  This morning, Mark Halperin floated an intriguing question: Are the Clintons financing Hillary's campaign with their own money?  —  Now the Clinton campaign has finally answered: Yes, they are.  Hillary spokesperson Howard Wolfson sends over the following:
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Loaned Herself $5M In January  —  Howard Wolfson, Hillary Clinton's communications director, confirms:  —  “Late last month Senator Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million.The loan illustrates Sen. Clinton's commitment to this effort and to ensuring that our campaign has the resources …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Lent Campaign $5 Million, Considers More
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:   Another Clinton Foreign Money Scandal?
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
ONCE JOHN WINS, HE'LL MAKE A LEFT  —  RUNNING as a conserva tive, John McCain rolled up huge victories last night in New York, New Jersey and beyond.  —  But if history is any guide, the McCain we've seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we'll ever see.
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
One-Legged Stool  —  I wonder how many of us believe that if John McCain is the nominee, which is looking more likely, whether he will win New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California.  This was the Giuliani strategy.  He's losing the conservative vote in virtually every state other than New York and New Jersey.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Repudiation of Rove  —  John McCain had a surprising but pleasant evening last night — watching Mitt Romney go down to defeat in nearly every contest and encountering a newly victorious but ultimately unnominatable Mike Huckabee all across the Bible Belt.
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Seven Reasons To Support The GOP's Nominee  —  As of this morning, McCain has earned 615 delegates and 4,220,296 votes; Romney 268 delegates and 3,497,341 votes, and Huckabee 169 delegates and 2,232,530 votes.  —  Senator McCain has a clear path to the nomination, Romney a very uphill battle …
Cara DeGette / Colorado Confidential:
Ted Haggard Quits New Life ‘Restoration Team’  —  Technically, it only took three weeks of intensive “restoration” a full year ago to make Ted Haggard a “complete heterosexual.”  But on Tuesday night, the new pastor of the Colorado Springs megachurch that Haggard founded has announced …
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Haggard Quits Re-Straightifying Program
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Deacon / Power Line:
FOR THE REPUBLICANS, MOSTLY HAZARDS  —  In the post below, I suggested that, because they are deadlocked, the Dems may be able to produce a dream Clinton-Obama ticket.  It's unlikely that, left to their own devices, the Clintons would share the spotlight with a rock star.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain-Huckabee
Discussion: New York Magazine
Faiz / Think Progress:
Buchanan: John McCain ‘Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi’  —  On the NBC Today Show, liberal radio host Rachel Maddow, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan, and Democratic strategist Paul Begala discussed the importance of “change” in the upcoming election.  Voters want a “clean break from Bush,” argued Maddow.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
NRCC probe scares GOP  —  Top House Republicans were told in recent days that a former employee of their campaign committee may have forged an official audit during the contentious 2006 election cycle and that they should brace for the possibility that an unfolding investigation …
Josiah Ryan / CNSNews:
McCain Sends ‘Chill Down Spine,’ Reid Cites Cochran  —  On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the possibility of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) becoming president “sends a cold chill down my spine.”  —  Reid made his remarks Tuesday outside the Senate chambers …
 
 
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