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5:30 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
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.
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 …
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
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney: Dem victory would ‘mean attacks on America.’
Discussion: Hoffmania! and L'ennui mélodieux
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Will / Attytood:
The Villagers see passion for a candidate...and decide it must be “a cult”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Joe Klein / Time:
Inspiration vs. Substance
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MARK THIS DAY  —  Attorney General Michael Mukasey …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Hold Fast
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Mukasey: No, I Will Not Investigate Waterboarding
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 …
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 /
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.
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
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain to CPAC  —  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 …
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Obama agrees to debate Clinton in Ohio  —  It's on!  —  Barack Obama said he will debate Hillary Clinton in Ohio before the March 4 primary.  —  “I think we said we will do two more debates, and at least one of them will be in Ohio,” he told Plain Dealer editors and reporters Thursday afternoon during a phone interview.
Discussion: Buckeye State Blog
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Guy Trebay / New York Times:
The Vanishing Point  —  CREDIT Hedi Slimane or blame him.
Discussion: Althouse
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
In Public Letter, Hillary Camp Challenges Obama To More Debates
Craig Offman / NPL Sports:
Jail politicians who ignore climate science: Suzuki
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain's Speech  —  He went after the Democrats—which was wise, in my view.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and FP Passport
Karl / protein wisdom:
GOP 2008: If you don't grow up, we'll throw a tantrum
Rep. Hooley will not run for re-election
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Democrats In Trouble  —  I just finished reading Howard …
Discussion: Right Voices
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN AND THE GOP....By now, everybody knows that the Senate version …
Sonia Verma / Times of London:
Religious police in Saudi Arabia arrest mother for sitting with a man
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
American al Qaeda, Adam Gadahn, Dead?
Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’