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4:20 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
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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.
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.
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
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:   Governor Romney is an incredibly gifted man —intelligent …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Breaking: Mitt Romney To Suspend His Presidential Campaign
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
With Romney Gone, What Will McCain Do?
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Establishments  —  There's something a little silly …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN:   Clinton loans herself $5 million
Tom Schaller / American Prospect:   ON ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDACIES
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 …
Discussion: Making Light
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Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Mukasey: No, I Will Not Investigate Waterboarding
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   MARK THIS DAY  —  Attorney General Michael Mukasey …
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.
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 …
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 …
Steven Aftergood / NiemanWatchdog.org:
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.
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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