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5:15 PM ET, February 8, 2008


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Howard Kurtz / The Trail:
MSNBC's Shuster to Offer On-Air Apology to Clinton  —  Using a prostitution metaphor for the daughter of a presidential candidate is a surefire way for a journalist to get into trouble.  —  On MSNBC yesterday, correspondent David Shuster went there, amazingly enough, while interviewing …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: Hillary Campaign Goes To War With MSNBC Over Chelsea “Pimp” Comment  —  This is really something.  The Hillary campaign has just gone to war with MSNBC, dispatching a top Hillary adviser to launch a lacerating attack on the network on a conference call with reporters moments ago.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Can Mrs. Clinton Lose?  —  If Hillary Clinton loses, does she know how to lose?  What will that be, if she loses?  Will she just say, “I concede” and go on vacation at a friend's house on an island, and then go back to the Senate and wait?  —  Is it possible she could be so normal?
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Hillary still in bed with '96 scandal  —  Nearly one in five “HillRaisers,” the elite big-money fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, have ties to the 1990s fundraising scandal that tarnished her husband's presidency by offering Democratic donors sleepovers …
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
The GOP Veepstakes: The Winning Number is Three
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Vodkapundit
Pat Toomey / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Veep Options  —  While congratulations are still premature, with Mitt Romney dropping out of the race yesterday it is now very likely that the Republican Party will nominate Sen. John McCain for president.  If that happens, the GOP will, for the first time since 1976 …
The Sun Also Sets  —  Climate Change: Not every scientist is part of Al Gore's mythical “consensus.”  Scientists worried about a new ice age seek funding to better observe something bigger than your SUV — the sun.  —  Back in 1991, before Al Gore first shouted that the Earth was in the balance …
Southern Political Report:
Obama With Big Lead In Virginia  —  InsiderAdvantage, the only national firm to accurately indicate the surge of Mike Huckabee in Southern states on “Super Tuesday,” polled Virginia Democrats for the Southern Political Report, whose coverage includes that state.
The media pick the winners  —  Super Tuesday's over, and there's no absolute winner among either Democrats or Republicans.  —  Nonetheless, even though no one candidate has yet locked up their party's nomination, we might as well cancel the rest of the primaries or caucuses.
Discussion: protein wisdom and
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton says he's learned a lesson  —  WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton says he's learned a lesson from the dustup over his remarks on the campaign trail — he can promote his wife's presidential candidacy, but he's not free to defend her.  —  Bill Clinton also said that everything …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Thoughts on the Current Mess  —  There were four developments that got conservatives into this mess — the inexcusable increase of federal spending from 2001-05 (that gave mendacious Democrats room to fabricate that the tax cuts had caused the red ink), the sordid scandals of 2005-7 …
White House:
Remarks by the President to the Conservative Political Action Conference  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all.  Good morning.  I thank you for coming.  I apologize to my friend — he likes to sleep in.  (Laughter.)  —  I really do want to thank you all for adjusting the schedule.
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush Declares That Cheney Is ‘The Best Vice President In History’  —  During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning, President Bush told the crowd of raucous right-wing activists that he “appreciates the fact that” they “invited Vice President Cheney” to speak.
Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas  —  SPRINGDALE - The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon.  —  Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale.
Patrick Ruffini /
The Fall of Romney, Inc.  —  In fairness to Team Romney, they did more right than not.  They rose from single digits in the national polls to receiving 32% of the primary votes cast to date.  They became the conservative establishment's choice.  They leveraged mechanical and resource superiority …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Post's Milbank turns down Time Mag  —  The Washington Post's Dana Milbank has recently been in negotiations with Time magazine about writing a column similar to his popular “Washington Sketch” pieces.  —  Milbank confirmed to Politico that he had job discussions with the newsweekly but decided to remain at the Post.
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Nelson Garcia / KUSA-TV:
Boy wants to return to school as a girl  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH - The issue of being transgender usually pops up with students in high school.  However, a 3rd grade boy wants to dress as a girl and wants teachers and students to address him with a girl's name.  —  “As a public school system …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
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Smear or Be Smeared?  —  The DNC plans “unlimited” …
More on the Delegate Discrepancy
The Politico:
New details emerge in NRCC scandal
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Name that Meme  —  A meme with content along the lines …
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Speakers at Academy Said to Make False Claims
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Bush, Congress hit bottom in AP poll
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Gloves off: The Dem plan to hit McCain