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4:05 PM ET, February 9, 2008


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Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
Paul Concedes Race, Sort Of  —  In a message to supporters sent just before 11 p.m. Friday night, Representative Ron Paul, a long-shot G.O.P. candidate from Texas, basically conceded that he's not going to win the party's nomination.  —  That said, he's scaling back his campaign — but not entirely.
Ron Paul 2008:
Message from Ron  —  Whoa!  What a year this has been.  And what achievements we have had.  If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent.  It will not end at the Republican convention.  It will not end in November.  It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Ron Paul appears to have Kucinich moment
Jc Reindl / Toledo Blade:
Mayor to Marines: Leave downtown  —  He says urban exercises scare people  —  A company of Marine Corps Reservists received a cold send-off from downtown Toledo yesterday by order of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.  —  The 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids …
Pajamas Media:
Toledo to Marines: Drop dead
Discussion: The Corner
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Chelsea Remark Earns MSNBC Correspondent A Suspension  —  In case there was any doubt, using a prostitution metaphor for the daughter of a presidential candidate is not a good career move.  —  MSNBC suspended correspondent David Shuster yesterday for an undetermined period for making a disparaging on-air remark about Chelsea Clinton.
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Friends Say Drugs Played Only Bit Part for Obama  —  Nearly three decades ago, Barack Obama stood out on the small campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles for his eloquence, intellect and activism against apartheid in South Africa.  But Mr. Obama, then known as Barry, also joined in the party scene.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
How I Could Quit The Democratic Party  —  I am a Democrat.  I am my own local precinct captain, and I hold a seat on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.  Over the past four years, I have helped raise millions of dollars for Democrats.  I believe in the primary process …
Jill Miller Zimon / The Moderate Voice:
Superdelegate Issue Produces Threats of Quitting Democratic Party  —  Donna Brazile was quoted as saying, “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party.  I feel very strongly about this,” Brazile said.  —  And Chris Bowers of Open Left wrote this post …
Discussion: Redstate, QandO and CNN
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Sanctioned States Put Democrats in Quandary  —  The clever people in Michigan who decided to get into a game of chicken with New Hampshire last fall over the timing of their Democratic primary should be having second thoughts this weekend.  —  Had Michigan Democrats not engaged in gamesmanship …
Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #13334
Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
McCain romps while the Dems divide in the NEWSWEEK poll.  —  Mr. Electable?  McCain is the man to beat on the GOP side  —  Sen. John McCain, whose campaign to win the Republican Party's presidential nomination was all but declared dead last summer, has cemented a commanding lead …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Liberal Values
Mona Charen / The Corner:
Discordant Note  —  This is the most graceless stunt I've seen a while.  Leon Fleisher, the conductor and pianist, received a Kennedy Center honor.  As part of the weekend of festivities associated with this prestigious award, Fleisher was invited to attend a White House reception along …
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Leon Fleisher / Washington Post:   My White House Dilemma
Matt Taibbiposted / Rolling Stone:
The Chicken Doves  —  Elected to end the war, Democrats have surrendered to Bush on Iraq and betrayed the peace movement for their own political ends  —  Quietly, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been inspiring Democrats everywhere with their rolling bitchfest …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Cheney Joins Congress In Opposing D.C. Gun Ban  —  Vice President Breaks With Administration  —  Vice President Cheney signed on to a brief filed by a majority of Congress yesterday that urged the Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that the District of Columbia's handgun ban is unconstitutional …
Discussion: Think Progress
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Cheney disagrees in D.C. gun case
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amanda Carpenter /
Coulter Speaks to CPAC  —  Best-selling author and columnist Ann Coulter elaborated to Conservative Political Action Conference participants why she said she would campaign for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president over Republican John McCain.  —  “She won't want to be the first girl President …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Hillary May Have the Edge in Maine  —  A lot of us in the press, including me, have looked at Maine on the primary calendar, noticed it was a caucus state, and basically put it in the Obama column as a result.  —  Now it's true that caucus states tend to reward the extensive organization that Obama excels at.
Discussion: MyDD
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
When — not if — martial law is declared  —  I've taken a lot of criticism over the last year about my speculation that our government is preparing to declare martial law.  Unfortunately, it looks like I'll get the last laugh, only it's no laughing matter and it's a lot bigger than just Blackwater.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Good News for Conservatives  —  We have a great opportunity in 2008.  —  What a moment!  Having learned nothing from the left's Bush Derangement Syndrome, the conservative movement's big talkers spent the days before Super Tuesday indulging in a fiery display of McCain Derangement Syndrome.
Discussion: The Corner
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Gates Optimistic on Talks With Russians  —  MUNICH, Germany (AP) - Without forecasting any breakthroughs, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday he believes Russia wants to resolve sensitive security disputes with the United States, including proposed missile defenses in central Europe.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Telegraph
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