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9:15 PM ET, February 7, 2008


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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Romney's Speech Withdrawing From the Race  —  Governor Romney's Address to the Conservative Political Action Committee - February 7, 2008  —  I want to begin by saying thank you.  It's great to be with you again.  And I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future.
Krooney / The Page:
Romney Quits Race  —  Says time of war is not the right time to continue GOP fight: “I feel I have to stand aside.”  —  Read full remarks from CPAC conference here. … AP: Decision effectively cedes nomination to McCain.  —  Obama, kicking Romney as he heads out the door, criticizes him for saying Democrats are soft on terror.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Airs Unhinged Anti-Romney Skit  —  ‘KILLING RAMPAGE’  —  Rhodes Skit Says Romney Supporters Will Kill Innocent People  —  *** EXCLUSIVE To The Radio Equalizer ***  —  Apparently unable to learn from past mistakes, or just too unhinged to know better, Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes …
PERRspectives Blog:
Mitt Romney's Greatest Hits
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Romney Drops Out of GOP Race
Discussion: Washington Wire and Threat Level
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain booed at CPAC.  —  Speaking to a right-wing crowd at CPAC today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was loudly booed when he mentioned his push for comprehensive immigration reform last year.  (A position he has since given up.) … Watch it:  —  This morning, Politico reported that CPAC organizers …
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey won't investigate ‘waterboarding’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey told lawmakers Thursday he will not open a criminal investigation into the CIA's acknowledged use of “waterboarding” on terror suspects.  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MARK THIS DAY  —  Attorney General Michael Mukasey is back on the Hill today, testifying to the House Judiciary Committee.  Paul Kiel is covering it at TPMmuckraker.  —  So far, he's dropped two big bombshells.  DOJ will not be investigating:  —  (1) whether the waterboarding, now admitted to by the White House, was a crime; or
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
And Obama Wept  —  Inspiration is nice.  But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.  —  It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city …
Joe Klein / Time:
Inspiration vs. Substance
Discussion: bustardblog and Firedoglake
Will / Attytood:   The Villagers see passion for a candidate...and decide it must be “a cult”
This Is London:
BROWN SLAPS DOWN ARCHBISHOP'S CALL FOR ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW TO OPERATE IN BRITAIN  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury caused consternation yesterday by calling for Islamic law to be recognised in Britain.  —  He declared that sharia and Parliamentary law should be given equal legal status …
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Campaign Staffers Not Going Without Pay  —  Staff Had Offered to Go Without Pay to Save Campaign Money But Never Did  —  So it turns out the Clinton campaign may not be so cash-strapped after all — at least not at this very moment.  —  After offering on Wednesday to go without paychecks …
Real Clear Politics:
John McCain's CPAC Speech  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the following remarks by John McCain as prepared for delivery: Thank you.  Thank you for inviting me.  It's been a little while since I've had the honor of addressing you, and I appreciate very much your courtesy to me today.
Liveblogging John McCain
Ari Melber / The Nation:
OBAMA DOWNLOADS $7.9 MILLION FROM MOVEON AND WEB DONORS...  Barack Obama just shattered another grassroots fundraising record, drawing over $7.9 million in a two-day juggernaut ending Thursday.  The large haul, driven by two separate Internet campaigns, fortifies Obama's political operation …
Discussion: Open Left and Salon
Marc Ambinder:
Money Pours In For Clinton, Obama
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Obama agrees to debate Clinton in Ohio  —  It's on!  —  Barack Obama said he will debate Hillary Clinton in Ohio before the March 4 primary.  —  “I think we said we will do two more debates, and at least one of them will be in Ohio,” he told Plain Dealer editors and reporters Thursday afternoon during a phone interview.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Huffington Post:
Whoopi Switches From Obama To Hillary  —  Yesterday on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg switched her endorsement from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton.  Whoopi cited Clinton's statement that she would end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.  Whoopi previously believed that Obama …
Congress sends stimulus bill to Bush  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House on Thursday quickly passed a Senate-approved economic stimulus package and sent the bill to the president's desk for his signature.  —  The House voted 380-34 to accept the Senate's $170 billion measure …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Congress Sends Economic Aid Plan to Bush
Discussion: The Crone Speaks and Greatscat!
Steven Aftergood /
The next president should open up the Bush Administration's record  —  By now no one expects the Bush Administration to make itself accountable for its controversial and possibly illegal practices.  But the next President will have a unique opportunity to reveal what has been kept hidden for the last seven years.
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Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton Camp Touts New Fund-raising Numbers
Discussion: The Caucus, L.A. Times and TIME
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The Tweety Effect Lives! …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It Needs to Be Said  —  This McCain speech would not have been …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
The Vanishing Point  —  CREDIT Hedi Slimane or blame him.
Discussion: Althouse
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
I Hate to Lose  —  Romney just dropped out for the good of America, he said.
Discussion: Wonkette
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
In Public Letter, Hillary Camp Challenges Obama To More Debates
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Jail politicians who ignore climate science: Suzuki
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain's Speech  —  He went after the Democrats—which was wise, in my view.
Karl / protein wisdom:
GOP 2008: If you don't grow up, we'll throw a tantrum
Nadia Schadlow / Wall Street Journal:
From the Jaws of Victory  —  The U.S. just dodged a bullet in Iraq.
Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics:
Sun Stays Sluggish as Weathermen Fight for Anti-Ice Age Funding