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5:00 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 …
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:
Discussion: The Corner, The Swamp and Wonkette
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:
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake and Donklephant
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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Super Tuesday Fallout: Where The Race Goes From Here  —  Hillary Clinton's strength among core Democratic constituencies — women, Latinos and working class whites — pushed her to victory in the mega-state primaries of California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts on Tuesday, slowing …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Super Tuesday Winners and Losers
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
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
More Details on ‘Double Bubble Trouble’ in Los Angeles County  —  Alright, we've got a bona fide mess here in Los Angeles County.  We covered this a bit earlier tonight, but have been speaking with various precinct captains and trying to figure out exactly what's going on.
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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 …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Probing the Primary Plunge  —  It's very curious that the stock market has plunged on either the day of, or the day after, the four or five recent primary election contests.  While there may be no direct causality, one can't help but wonder whether the investor class hasn't been disappointed with the shape of this election battle.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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gulflive.com:
Well-deserved honor for Lott
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Why It's Not The Economy
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Annie Sweeney / Chicago Sun Times:
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
May I Offer Sen. McCain Some Advice?
Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With “Progressive”  —  Commenter Freddie mentioned …
Talking Points Memo:
No One Will Listen To John Harris And Jim VandeHei
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The Hill:
Romney to meet with congressional supporters
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Matt / Think Progress:
White House Claims It Will Abandon Long-Term ‘Security Guarantee’ With Iraq
CNN:
Romney set to huddle with top advisors
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Al Qaeda Trains Young Boys as Terrorists, Tapes Show
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SUPERDELEGATES.  —  I really, really hope the Democratic primary …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Kumbya Convo  —  Mary Matalin had some creative thinking …
Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Afghan government official says that student will not be executed
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to U.S.
Bill Ardolino / The Long War Journal:
Inside Iraqi politics - Part 1. Examining the Iraqi executive branch