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12:40 PM ET, February 7, 2008

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Byron York / The Corner:
Romney Pulling Out?  Campaign Doesn't Want “To Look Destructive At What Might Be The End.”  —  We are beginning to see signs that Mitt Romney might be preparing to pull out of the Republican race.  —  Everyone is looking for tea leaves from the campaign, and we'll know more about the governor's state …
Discussion: Power Line and Redstate
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Krooney / The Page:
Romney to Quit Race  —  Withdrawal could come at CPAC speech at 12:15 pm ET  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE: TEN THINGS MITT ROMNEY COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY
John King / CNN:
GOP sources: Romney to suspend campaign  —  (CNN) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will suspend his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, GOP sources tell CNN.  —  Romney had won 270 delegates in through the Super Tuesday contests, compared with front-runner John McCain's 680.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Think Progress
Eric Pianin / The Fix:   Romney Considering Dropping Out, Sources Say
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Message from David Plouffe: Matching the Five Million  —  David Plouffe just sent out this email...
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Marc Ambinder:
Money Pours In For Clinton, Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Brace for Long Run  —  With no breakout winner in Tuesday's Democratic primaries, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Wednesday began fortifying for a drawn-out nomination fight, with Mrs. Clinton disclosing that she had lent her campaign $5 million …
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Mort Kondracke / Real Clear Politics:
McCain's Challenge: Democrats Hugely Outvoting GOP
Discussion: Political Machine and Soccer Dad
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Open-Field Politics  —  Thirty-five days ago, as the voting …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Washington Post:
Va. Is Next Battleground In Democrats' Long Fight
Discussion: The Caucus and Political Machine
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BBC:
Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.  —  Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
“EXCLUSIVE!”  JOHN McCAIN CPAC SPEECH  —  A secret operative working for this website has gotten a hold of the speech John McCain will deliver to attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference.  She says I shouldn't ask how she got it although she mentioned that she had a real …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Is This What Burkle Bought?  —  In the beginning, everyone assumed that the Clinton machine would dominate fundraising in the Democratic primary.  Although it raised prodigious sums of money, Barack Obama managed to keep pace all through 2007.  Now, as Obama has also kept pace with Hillary …
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New York Post:   HILLARY WILL GO FOR BROKE  —  PUTS UP HER OWN $5M AS TOP AIDES GO WITHOUT PAY
Bloomberg:
Obama Advisers Foresee a Delegate Draw With Clinton  —  Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's advisers are anticipating the possibility of a Democratic presidential race deadlocked past the last primary, and the outcome may hinge on a fight over whether delegations from Florida and Michigan …
Discussion: MSNBC, Spin Cycle and Reason Magazine
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Thoughts On McCain  —  Updated.  I just kept adding stuff.  —  * A lot of conservatives and pundits are calling for McCain to mend fences with the conservative base.  There is speculation he'll do so at CPAC.  I can't imagine he'll do so.  —  As someone wrote at the Corner, “Romney is trying to join us.
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Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
CPAC to all CPAC-ers: Don't boo McCain  —  John McCain may have it easier than he expected today when he commandeers the podium at CPAC this afternoon.  Conservatives from all over will predictably fill the room to the brim to listen to what the now GOP front-runner has to say, despite a hate/love relationship with the guy.
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Riehl World View
Taylor Marsh:
CLINTON ANNOUNCES HUGE FUNDRAISING NUMBERS  —  BREAKING.....  IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS...  Clinton had a MASSIVE day of online fundraising blowing past the $3 million dollar - 3 day goal.  —  There's an email appeal going out tomorrow for $6 million in 72 hours.  —  THOUSANDS of NEW donors flooding in.
New York Post:
TIMES VS. TIMES IN LIVING COLOR  —  A CLAWING cat fight over mistaken identity has broken out between New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and a writer for the Times of London.  —  At the core of the mystery: Did Dowd mistake journalist Michelle Henery, who is black, for Michelle Obama?
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate G.O.P. Blocks Additions to Stimulus Bill  —  WASHINGTON — By a single vote, Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an expansive fiscal stimulus package championed by Democrats, as partisan rancor engulfed the effort to inject a quick burst of spending into the slowing economy.
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
American al Qaeda, Adam Gadahn, Dead?  —  I've been hearing the same speculations and rumors that Laura Mansfield has that Adam Gadahn, the only American indicted for treason since 9/11, was killed in the Predator bombing that took out Abu Laith al-Libi.  Al-Libi was a bigger fish …
Sonia Verma / Times of London:
Religious police in Saudi Arabia arrest mother for sitting with a man  —  A 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three is seeking justice after she was thrown in jail by Saudi Arabia's religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Dick Cheney Speech Live-Blog
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain crowned — now what?  —  He is certainly the undisputed Republican front-runner.
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Pakistan's Interior Minister orders negotiations with Baitullah Mehsud
Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics:
Sun Stays Sluggish as Weathermen Fight for Anti-Ice Age Funding
Discussion: protein wisdom
New York Sun:
Correcting the CIA
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Flynn / Rocky Mountain News:
Haggard prematurely leaves rehab, New Life Church says
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Corrente
Human Events:
CPAC 2008 Kick-Off  —  Today marks day one of the 35th annual …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
An Industry Imperiled by Falling Profits and Shrinking Ads
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Bush League Justice
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Vote, Obama Fell Short of Fervor