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2:55 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 at the CPAC conference here.  —  Did not endorse McCain.  —  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.
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.
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Romney Announces He Is Dropping Out of GOP Race  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced today that he will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
Michelle Malkin:
Live from CPAC: Romney speaks..."Frankly in this time of war, I cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror...I feel I need to stand aside"  —  Video here.  And N.Z. Bear has pics/vid from the foot of the podium.  —  Talked to a couple of Romney staffers.
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 …
Discussion: The Heretik
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You Decide 08!:
ROMNEY DROPS PRESIDENTIAL BID, STUNS CPAC AUDIENCE  —  Mitt Romney suspended his presidential campaign Thursday, telling a stunned conservative group that continuing his uphill battle against John McCain would hurt the Republican Party and make it more likely that the Democratic candidate would win the general election in November.
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:   Governor Romney is an incredibly gifted man —intelligent …
The Politico:
Romney ends bid, eyeing 2012
Discussion: Hot Air
USA Today:
Romney suspends campaign
Discussion: protein wisdom and FP Passport
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
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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Marc Ambinder:
Money Pours In For Clinton, Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
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: Spin Cycle and Reason Magazine
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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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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