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11:45 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 …
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.
PERRspectives Blog:
Mitt Romney's Greatest Hits
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. ‘Cannot’ Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
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 …
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Impending Obama Backlash?  —  There will be a press backlash against media darling Barack Obama eventually, although it may not occur until six months after his inauguration.  But here is a straw in the wind from Jake Tapper of ABC: … A cult - oooh, scary!
Joe Klein / Time:
Inspiration vs. Substance
Discussion: bustardblog
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
And Obama Wept  —  Inspiration is nice.  But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.
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 …
Johnathan Pearce /
The Archbishop of Canterbury is an ass
Discussion: BBC, Dean's World and Telegraph
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 …
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 …
Hotline On Call:
Obama On Romney: An “Ineffective Candidate”  —  OMAHA, NE — Barack Obama called Mitt Romney's candidacy “ineffective” on the day that the former MA governor exited the presidential race.  —  Romney, who dropped out of the race for president today in Washington, said in his exit speech …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Shailagh Murray / The Trail:
Obama Agrees to Debates with Clinton
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Huckabee to Get Evangelical Leader's Nod  —  James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, is about to endorse former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, The Associated Press has learned.  —  Dobson, founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Focus on the Family …
Craig Offman / NPL Sports:
Jail politicians who ignore climate science: Suzuki  —  Didn't mean it literally says scientist's spokesperson  —  David Suzuki has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change.  —  At a Montreal conference last Thursday, the prominent scientist …
New York Times:
Injury From Blast Killed Bhutto, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Investigators from Scotland Yard have concluded that Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader, died after hitting her head as she was tossed by the force of a suicide blast, not from an assassin's bullet, officials who have been briefed on the inquiry said Thursday.
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Peter Baker / The Trail:
Bush Signals Support for McCain
Michael Erman / Reuters:
Exxon wins freeze on $12 billion of Venezuelan assets
Little Green Footballs:
Iranian Ayatollah: Arab Countries Should Have Chopped Off Bush's Head
Discussion: Doug Ross
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Where the money went  —  Hillary Clinton spent more than $77 million …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Conason / Salon:
Why McCain provokes paranoia on the right
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Discussion: Open Left and Salon
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The Tweety Effect Lives! …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It Needs to Be Said  —  This McCain speech would not have been …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Commentary
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Obama agrees to debate Clinton in Ohio
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
The Vanishing Point  —  CREDIT Hedi Slimane or blame him.
Discussion: Althouse
Steven Aftergood /
The next president should open up the Bush Administration's record
Nadia Schadlow / Wall Street Journal:
From the Jaws of Victory  —  The U.S. just dodged a bullet in Iraq.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
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