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2:10 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.
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 …
Luke Esser /
Gov. Huckabee finishes a strong second  —  Tukwila, WA...Washington State Republican Party Chairman announced tonight that Senator John McCain has won the 2008 Republican precinct caucuses in Washington State.  With 87.2 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Sen. McCain leads the GOP field with 25.5 % of delegates.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A LITTLE WEIRD  —  As you know, John McCain lost two of the three contests yesterday.  He was losing narrowly in Washington state and then pulled ahead by a narrow margin (less than two points) toward the end.  But then with 87% of the returns counted, the Washington state GOP, which runs the caucuses stopped releasing results.
Discussion: Open Left and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Obama Handily Wins Nebraska, Louisiana, Washington
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama, Clinton turn eyes to McCain
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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 …
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.
Eric Pianin / Live Coverage:
Obama Sweeps Clinton in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Heretik
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 …
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush: If Candidates Are ‘Talking About Me,’ Republicans ‘Have A Better Chance Of Winning’  —  In an interview with Fox News, President Bush argued that if his agenda and record are made central issues in the upcoming presidential election, then the Republican nominee stands “a better chance of winning” …
Discussion: Hoffmania!
Agence France Presse:
Obama will be assassinated if he wins: Nobel winner Lessing … If Barack Obama becomes the next US president he will surely be assassinated, British Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing predicted in a newspaper interview published here Saturday.  —  Obama, who is vying to become …
Discussion: Rachel Lucas
New York Times:
Because They Said So  —  Even by the dismal standards of what passes for a national debate on intelligence and civil liberties, last week was a really bad week.  —  The Senate debated a bill that would make needed updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act …
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 …
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