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1:00 PM ET, February 7, 2008

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Krooney / The Page:
Romney to Quit Race  —  Plans to say during CPAC speech: “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win....”  —  Watch him speak LIVE NOW at CPAC convention.
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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.
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Romney To Drop Out, Sources Say  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, according to sources within his inner circle.  —  A number of those sources said the decision would be announced in his speech …
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
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 …
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 …
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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
Michelle Malkin:
Live from CPAC: The curtains open; Update: Cheney …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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Washington Post:
Va. Is Next Battleground In Democrats' Long Fight
Discussion: The Caucus and Political Machine
Libby Quaid / GOPUSA:
McCain to Critics on Right: ‘Calm Down’  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Republican John McCain, buoyed by Super Tuesday wins that pushed him closer to the nomination, told his conservative critics Wednesday to dial back the animosity and focus on issues where they agree.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and David Corn
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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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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.
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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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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate's Stimulus Measure Blocked  —  Backers Are Short By 1 Vote Against GOP Filibuster  —  A $158 billion economic stimulus plan drafted by Senate Democrats that included relief for low-income seniors, disabled veterans and the unemployed was blocked by a Republican filibuster last night …
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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?
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
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.
 
 
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McCain crowned — now what?  —  He is certainly the undisputed Republican front-runner.
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