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3:45 PM ET, February 7, 2008

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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. … HALPERIN'S TAKE: TEN THINGS MITT ROMNEY COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY The Page, 2:12 PM
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Romney Drops Out of Presidential Race  —  Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sought to position himself as the true conservative choice for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Thursday afternoon that he had ended his campaign.  —  Mr. Romney, who had vowed …
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Romney Drops Out of GOP Race  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ended his presidential campaign today after a series of recent losses in key states including Florida and California, bowing to the near inevitability …
The Politico:
Romney ends bid, eyeing 2012
USA Today:
Romney suspends campaign
Discussion: protein wisdom and FP Passport
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:   Governor Romney is an incredibly gifted man —intelligent …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Romney To Withdraw?
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
Marc Ambinder:
Money Pours In For Clinton, Obama  —  Something has lit a grassfire under the hind quarters of Democrats who support Hillary Clinton.  —  In the 24 hours since polls closed on Super Tuesday, as more than $4M in donations from 35,000 new donors have poured into Clinton's campaign, according to a senior campaign official.
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CNN:   Clinton loans herself $5 million
Tom Schaller / American Prospect:   ON ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDACIES
Matthew Yglesias:
Establishments  —  There's something a little silly …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Inspiration vs. Substance
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Mister Leonard Pierce / Sadly, No!:
The Beast is Red, Chapter 4: In a Mad Frenzy, Stinging Themselves to Eternal Death  —  Before Cheney comes on, a bunch of CPAC dignitaries are introduced.  Who gets the biggest applause?  Wayne LaPierre, the human bulldozer of the National Rifle Association.
Discussion: I Am TRex and Hold Fast
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Dick Cheney Speech Live-Blog
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Atlas Shrugs
Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics:
Sun Stays Sluggish as Weathermen Fight for Anti-Ice Age Funding  —  Every day, scientists hoping to see  —  an increase in solar activity train their instruments at the sun as it crosses the sky.  This is no idle academic pursuit: A lull in solar action could potentially drive …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Democrats In Trouble  —  I just finished reading Howard Dean's latest fundraising appeal (you can read it here), and it looks like the Democrats will have trouble against John McCain in the fall.  Why?  Dean's letter attempts to portray a McCain presidency as a third term for George W. Bush.
Nadia Schadlow / Wall Street Journal:
From the Jaws of Victory  —  The U.S. just dodged a bullet in Iraq.  —  Recently it was reported that Pentagon leaders were considering Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq since February 2007, for a prestigious redeployment to Europe.
Discussion: Commentary and Jules Crittenden
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.
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.
 
 
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