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1:40 PM ET, February 10, 2008


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Jeff E. Schapiro /
Poll: Obama, McCain lead in Va.  —  Both enjoy sizable leads over rivals as primary approaches Tuesday  —  Barack Obama and John McCain may be cruising toward blowout wins in Virginia's presidential primary Tuesday.  —  Among the Democrats, the poll conducted for the Richmond Times-Dispatch …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Obama Gets Convincing Wins in 3 States  —  Senator Barack Obama won decisive victories over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, Louisiana and Nebraska on Saturday, giving him an impressive sweep going into a month when the Democratic nominating contests are expected to favor him.
Obama gains momentum; McCain still leads handily  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama swept Saturday's Democratic contests, giving him considerable momentum heading into Sunday's Maine caucuses and three primaries Tuesday.  —  John McCain, however, was handed a starkly different message from the GOP …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama landslides could break deadlock  —  Barack Obama's landslide victories in three mid-sized states Saturday suggest that he has the opportunity build a significant lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton among the locked-in “pledged” delegates before the candidates face off in the big battlegrounds of Ohio and Texas on March 4.
Douglas E. Schoen / Washington Post:
The Disaffected Voters Who'll Decide 2008  —  It has been a totally confusing election — and the 2008 race is only getting started.  —  The resurrection of John McCain, the Barack Obama insurgency, the fall (and rise) of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the rise (and fall and rise) of Mike Huckabee …
Washington Post:
Obama Handily Wins Nebraska, Louisiana, Washington
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama, Clinton turn eyes to McCain
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Wins Washington State, Nebraska Caucuses By Wide Margins
New York Times:
Obama Wins Nebraska and Washington
Eric Pianin / Live Coverage:
Obama Sweeps Clinton in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Heretik
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Wilder Still Sore Over Clinton Comment … RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's first elected black governor said Saturday he is not ready to excuse comments former President Bill Clinton made about Barack Obama.  —  In campaigning for his wife last month on the eve of the New Hampshire primary …
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Driving A Wedge  —  The Drudge Report is a right-wing site that is used to drive right-wing propaganda into the large, corporate media outlets.  When a story is featured at the Drudge Report, you always have to ask why, and ask what is the right's intent behind getting this story into circulation.
Washington Post:
Women Could Give Clinton the Edge In Maine's Caucuses
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Page
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Next Up for the Democrats: Civil War  —  WHAT if a presidential candidate held what she billed as “the largest, most interactive town hall in political history” on national television, and no one noticed?  —  The untold story in the run-up to Super Tuesday was Hillary Clinton's elaborate live prime …
Tad Devine / New York Times:
Superdelegates, Back Off  —  ON the first Wednesday in June, the morning after the last day of voting in the 1984 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the long, drawn-out battle that began with Gary Hart's stunning victory in New Hampshire ended — but only after one last plot twist.
Matt / Think Progress:
Ashcroft: Bush is ‘the most respectful’ ever of civil liberties.  —  In a speech to Missouri Republicans yesterday, former attorney general John Ashcroft defended President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program and his record on civil liberties, declaring that Bush is “among the most respectful …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Republican Reformation  —  HAVING spent the better part of three months attacking Mike Huckabee and John McCain as crypto-liberals who would destroy the Reagan coalition, the pundits, talk-radio stars and professional activists who make up the establishment of the conservative movement …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Obsidian Wings
Robert McFarlane / Wall Street Journal:
The Right Is Wrong on McCain
Discussion: Commentary and Jules Crittenden
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Job Growth Where Bush Didn't Want It  —  IT is not exactly a distinction that he had in mind, but seven years into his presidency, George W. Bush is in line to be the first president since World War II to preside over an economy in which federal government employment rose more rapidly than employment in the private sector.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Daily Kos
Darsha Philips / WNWO-TV:
Mayor kicks Marines out of Toledo  —  1-24th Marines were scheduled for weekend urban warfare training in downtown Toledo, when Carty gave them the boot  —  TOLEDO, OH — Mayor Carty Finkbeiner on Friday ordered some 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines from Grand Rapids …
Daily Mail:
Britain kow tows to China as athletes are forced to sign no criticism contracts  —  British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not to speak out about China's appalling human rights record - or face being banned from travelling to Beijing.
Discussion: Reason Magazine and The Agitator
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Clinton Blasts NBC Over Chelsea Comment  —  Senator Hillary Clinton sent a blistering letter today to the head of NBC, which suspended one of its reporters Friday for comments he made about Chelsea Clinton.  —  The reporter, David Shuster, had said Thursday that Ms. Clinton had been …
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog (TM):
Mark Cuban's Presidential Endorsement  —  In a lengthy post over atBlog Maverick, Mark Cuban makes the legitimate point that candidates for the presidency frequently make promises without providing details of exactly how the promised feats will occur: … His solution?  He hope that
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My Presidential Endorsement:
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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Spiegel Online:
‘Bush Is Too Horrendous to Be Forgotten’
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Republicans Weighing the Benefits of Bush's Embrace
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Saudi Human Rights Official Slams Vice Cops in Yara Case
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What would President McCain's foreign policy be?
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Chinese Editor Freed After 4 Years
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In Reversal, Courts Uphold Local Immigration Laws
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HUCKMENTUM!  —  The big political story of the night …