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9:35 PM ET, February 9, 2008


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Romney edges McCain in conservative straw poll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly beat John McCain, 35 to 34 percent, in a straw poll of conservative political activists gathered Saturday in Washington — a vote that is viewed as a barometer of support from that major GOP voting bloc.
Discussion: New York Times, The Corner and Macsmind
CNN: Obama captures Nebraska, Washington  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama will win the Democratic caucuses in Washington state and Nebraska, CNN projects.  —  In Nebraska, Obama led rival Hillary Clinton 68-32 percent, with 85 percent of precincts reporting.
New York Times:
Obama Wins Nebraska and Washington  —  Senator Barack Obama won the caucuses in Nebraska and Washington on Saturday, defeating his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton as the two scrambled for delegates in their fiercely contested battle for the Democratic nomination.
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 …
Joy Lin / CBS News:
Texas Gov. Perry Asks Huckabee to Drop Out  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:  —  COLLEGE PARK, MD. — Gov. Rick Perry.  R-Texas, who has endorsed John McCain, called Mike Huckabee on Friday asking him to drop out of the race, according to a senior Huckabee campaign aide.  Huckabee declined Perry's request.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Huckabee wins Kansas Republican caucus
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign claims “irregularities” in Louisiana  —  Per the campaign's blog, under the headline: “After Widespread Reports of Voting Irregularities Obama Campaign Submits Urgent Request for Assistance:” … Obama faced a similar hurdle in California, where some poll workers appear …
Discussion: Reuters and Sister Toldjah
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My Presidential Endorsement:  —  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  So why is it the American people allow our politicians to do the same things over and over and we believe them and expect results different from previous elections ?
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
The Politico:
Hillary rips MSNBC's Shuster  —  ORONO, MAINE — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday morning ripped MSNBC over reporter David Shuster's suggestion that Chelsea Clinton was “sort of being pimped out” by the campaign.  —  “I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” Clinton told reporters in this snowy town outside Bangor.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Neck and Neck, Clinton and Obama Woo Superdelegates  —  WASHINGTON — Seeing a good possibility that the Democratic presidential nomination will not be settled in the primaries and caucuses, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are lavishing attention on a group that might hold …
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 …
Omaha World-Herald:
Obama projected winner of caucus  —  Barack Obama has been projected to be the winner of the Nebraska Democratic presidential caucuses by the Associated Press.  With 73 percent counted, Obama has 69 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton's 31 percent.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
From Bush, Foe of Earmarks, Similar Items  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush often denounces the propensity of Congress to earmark money for pet projects.  But in his new budget, Mr. Bush has requested money for thousands of similar projects.  —  He asked for money to build fish hatcheries …
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Memo Blasts State Dept. Iraq Effort
Wall Street Journal:
Dobson's Choice  —  Mike Huckabee this week picked up the endorsement …
Discussion: MyDD
Little Green Footballs:
British Journalists Dig Sharia
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Hillary May Have the Edge in Maine
Discussion: MyDD
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Cheney Joins Congress In Opposing D.C. Gun Ban
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Matthew Yglesias:
On The Record  —  Predictions are a mug's game, but I was right …
Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Live updates from the Nebraska Democratic caucuses
Amanda Carpenter /
Coulter Speaks to CPAC
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
When — not if — martial law is declared
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Good News for Conservatives
Discussion: Macsmind and The Corner
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Sanctioned States Put Democrats in Quandary