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7:30 AM ET, February 7, 2008


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Has Raised Over $4 Million — Since Polls Closed Yesterday!  —  This is nutso.  The Obama campaign's response to the news that Hillary lent her campaign $5 million last month is to highlight the fact that they raised nearly that sum in the brief period that's passed ... since the polls closed yesterday!
Discussion: Pushing Rope and The New Republic
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama on pace to raise $30 mil in Feb  —  Barack Obama's campaign is on track to raise another $30 million in February, sources close to the Illinois senator say, while Hillary Rodham Clinton's spokesman revealed Wednesday that she had loaned her campaign $5 million.
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 …
Krooney / The Page:
Some Clinton Senior Staff Working Without Pay  —  Source says they have “voluntarily chosen to work without pay this month” as part of Clinton cash crush against Obama moola factory.  —  Includes campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle.
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:
Obama Campaign Projects Deadlocked Race After Primaries Finish
Discussion: Associated Press and D-Day
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Has “Superdelegate” Status Stripped Because of McCain Endorsement  —  Mark Pazniokas: … And for those who said they'd never lift their glass in a toast to Zell Miller...cheers!
Mark Pazniokas / CAPITOL WATCH:
Lieberman No Longer a Super Delegate  —  Thanks to Zell Miller, there is a rule to deal with Joe Lieberman.  —  Lieberman's endorsement of Republican John McCain disqualifies him as a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bark Bark Woof Woof
City Room:
‘Obama Girl’ Didn't Vote  —  So, did the ‘Obama Girl’ actually vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday?  —  Actually, no.  —  Last summer the amateur music video “I Got a Crush on Obama,” was a Web hit, splashing a seductive performance by a 26-year-old model named Amber Lee Ettinger across millions …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Is Making Inroads, but Fervor Fell Short at End  —  Senator Barack Obama of Illinois made some headway in building a coalition of support among Democrats in Tuesday's cross-country sprint of primaries.  —  He won the support of many white men, a group that had voted for John Edwards …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Heretik and MSNBC
Lawhawk / A Blog For All:
Obama Girl Didn't Vote In Primary
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Scott Ott / A user blog:
How McCain Beats the Dem Nominee: The Team America Strategy  —  As neo-lib presidential candidate John McCain heads for the Republican nomination, and a November thrashing at the hands of Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton, conservatives across the land endure the dark night of the soul, wrestling with their consciences.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Right Wing News
American Red Cross:
American Red Cross Response  —  Across five southern states, Red Cross people and supplies are flowing in to provide care and comfort to those affected by the devastating tornadoes.  In nearly every tornado-affected community Red Cross workers began working last night, and remain on the job …
Republicans block Senate economic stimulus plan  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday narrowly blocked a Democratic-backed economic stimulus plan that was costlier than a House of Representatives-passed measure by extending cash rebates to retirees and disabled veterans and stretching out unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Ornery Bastard and
Josiah Ryan / CNSNews:
McCain Sends ‘Chill Down Spine,’ Reid Cites Cochran  —  On the Spot ( - 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 …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Bush ups the ante in nomination fight
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
U.S.-Backed Russian Institutes Help Iran Build Reactor  —  WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is subsidizing two Russian nuclear institutes that are building important parts of a reactor in Iran whose construction the United States spent years trying to stop, according to a House committee.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:   Energy Dept. Funding Institutes with Iranian Ties
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Feb. 3-5, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The increase in support for Hillary Clinton at the national level that Gallup saw in interviewing conducted Sunday and Monday continued in interviewing Tuesday night.
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
High School Psychodrama  —  Watching the returns last night I was once again struck by the rank lack of professionalism and complete abdication of journalistic ethics on MSNBC.  I noted in my early post last night that if you wanted to see what the early exit polls were saying all you had to do was watch that channel.
Discussion: Horses Mouth, Salon and Tom Watson
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Primary Scream  —  Chris Matthews, MSNBC's Manic Oracle …
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Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Raise the Odds of a Recession to 49%
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Pollster Mark Penn: Obama Has Become The “Establishment Candidate”
The Daily Howler:
Inside Higher Ed:
Higher Ed Act Gets Hairier
Discussion: Centerfield
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In Election Results, Pressure on McCain to Reconcile With Critics
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
New York Times:
Storms Across 5 States Leave at Least 52 Dead
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley goes to war
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Cable damage hits 1.7m Internet users in UAE
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
We Tortured and We'd Do It Again
Al Giordano / The Field:
Correction: One of Four of Texas Delegates Will Be Chosen Based on Caucus
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Super Tuesday: The Most Interesting Number of All
Tim Tagaris / Open Left:
How far off is self-funding for Clinton? Are they already there?
Discussion: The Page and Eschaton
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
AP confirms secret camp inside Gitmo
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OVERTIME....Reuters reports (via email, no link) that the Obama campaign …
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Associated Press:
Haggard exits restoration process early
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and I Am TRex