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11:45 AM ET, February 10, 2008


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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Obama Handily Wins Nebraska, Louisiana, Washington  —  Huckabee Wins Kansas, La.; McCain Projected to Take Narrow Victory in Washington  —  Sen. Barack Obama dominated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in presidential balloting in Nebraska, Louisiana and Washington state last night …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Washington Post:
Women Could Give Clinton the Edge In Maine's Caucuses
Discussion: The Page
Eric Pianin / Live Coverage:
Obama Sweeps Clinton in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington
Discussion: Tim Blair and The Heretik
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Keith Olbermann's Special Apology: The New, Ultimate Remix!  —  We have made Keith Olbermann's Special Apology for David Shuster even better, with more of our special Olbywatch sauce.  If you don't like it, then you are worse than Hitler!  —  Source for Keith Olbermann's “Pimping” Quote: Special Education Komment, Sept 20, 2007:
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 …
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
David Blair / Telegraph:
Vladimir Putin heralds start of ‘new arms race’  —  President Vladimir Putin declared the onset of a “new arms race” yesterday and vowed to expand Russia's military strength to ward off predatory foreign powers.  —  In a televised address to the State Council in Moscow …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Waxman Method  —  Howard Krongard worked his last day at the State Department recently, having learned a hard lesson in the ways of modern Congressional “oversight.”  To wit, if you don't follow Henry Waxman's orders, he'll try to ruin you.  —  Comfortable after four successful decades …
Discussion: Redstate
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Real Time  —  Kathryn - As you know, I basically agree with you.  I thought Maher's comments about Limbaugh were grotesque.  I regret not piping up about it, but this was supposed to be a segment solely with PJ O'Rourke and by that point in the show I'd reconciled myself to simply keeping a cool head …
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 …
Discussion: Salon
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
In Richmond, Clinton targets McCain
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Huckabee wins Kansas Republican caucus
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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: The Agitator and Reason Magazine
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 …
Sam Graham-Felsen /
After Widespread Reports of Voting Irregularities Obama Campaign …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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: Daily Kos
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HUCKMENTUM!  —  The big political story of the night …
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Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Finds A Donor Base
Discussion: Open Left
Andrew / Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog:
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Omaha World-Herald:
Obama projected winner of caucus
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Joy Lin / CBS News:
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