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8:55 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 …
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Mr. McCain Comes to CPAC
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and Hot Air
Liveblogging John McCain
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It Needs to Be Said  —  This McCain speech would not have been given today, if it weren't for folks like Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Andy McCarthy, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham.  Can I thank them on behalf of America?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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The Huffington Post:
Whoopi Switches From Obama To Hillary
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! …
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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John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain to CPAC
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain's Speech  —  He went after the Democrats—which was wise, in my view.
Rep. Hooley will not run for re-election
Nadia Schadlow / Wall Street Journal:
From the Jaws of Victory  —  The U.S. just dodged a bullet in Iraq.
Discussion: Commentary
Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics:
Sun Stays Sluggish as Weathermen Fight for Anti-Ice Age Funding