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11:40 AM ET, February 11, 2008

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ABCNEWS:
Calif. Rep. Tom Lantos Dies  —  Tom Lantos, Only Holocaust Survivor in Congress, Has Died After Bout With Cancer  —  Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, has died, his spokeswoman said Monday.  —  Lynne Weil said that Lantos, 80 …
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Rep. Tom Lantos Dies at Age 80  —  Rep. Tom Lantos, 80, a California Democrat whose experience during the Holocaust shaped his concern for human rights and his staunch view in favor of U.S. military intervention abroad, died early Monday morning, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press.
Discussion: TIME
The Online Office of Congressman Tom Lantos:
Tom Lantos, 1928-2008  —  Washington, DC - Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo, San Francisco), 80, passed away this morning due to complications from cancer at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.  —  Elected to office in 1980, Lantos was Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs …
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
The Politico:
Clinton badly needs Virginia victory  —  Tuesday's Chesapeake primary seems likely to continue propelling Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in opposite directions.  —  Obama has hearty leads and distinct demographic advantages in each of the three contests: Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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Washington Post:
Clinton Replaces Top Aide Amid Losses  —  Campaign Manager Doyle Steps Down As Obama Wins Maine  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shook up her presidential campaign yesterday, replacing campaign manager and longtime aide Patti Solis Doyle with Maggie Williams, her former White House chief of staff …
Theodore B. Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton v. Obama: The Lawsuit  —  What splendid theater the Democratic Party presidential nominating process is shaping up to be.  And they are just getting started.  The real fun would be a convention deadlock denouement a few months from now, the prospect of which is already quickening …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hate Springs Eternal  —  In 1956 Adlai Stevenson, running against Dwight Eisenhower, tried to make the political style of his opponent's vice president, a man by the name of Richard Nixon, an issue.  The nation, he warned, was in danger of becoming “a land of slander and scare …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Michelle Obama Solidifies Her Role in the Election  —  On a conference call to prepare for a recent debate, Barack Obama brainstormed with his top advisers on the fine points of his positions.  Michelle Obama had dialed in to listen, but finally couldn't stay silent any longer.
Dave Kehr / New York Times:
Roy Scheider, Actor in ‘Jaws,’ Dies at 75  —  Roy Scheider, a stage actor with a background in the classics who became one of the leading figures in the American film renaissance of the 1970s, died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Obama's Path to Victory  —  Last summer, George W. Bush told The Washington Examiner's Bill Sammon that Hillary Clinton would probably be the 2008 Democratic nominee.  “She's got a national presence and this is becoming a national primary,” he said.  “And therefore the person …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
You saw the Obama video, now watch the McCain one  —  Please watch this.  It's from my friend Andy Cobb and his brilliant cast of insane comedians and actors out in Hollywood.  (For anyone who hasn't seen the Obama video, you can watch it here first to get a flavor of the parody.)  I laughed out loud.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Army Buried Study Faulting Iraq Planning  —  WASHINGTON — The Army is accustomed to protecting classified information.  But when it comes to the planning for the Iraq war, even an unclassified assessment can acquire the status of a state secret.  —  That is what happened to a detailed study …
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Bush orders security clampdown on flights to US  —  EU officials furious as Washington says it wants extra data on all air passengers  —  The US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel …
CNN:
Obama beats two Clintons in one day  —  (CNN) — Barack Obama beat more than one Clinton Sunday.  —  The Illinois senator won over presidential rival Hillary Clinton in Maine's Democratic caucuses.  And he beat out her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in a slightly less snowy contest: the Grammy Awards.
 
 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
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Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Agence France Presse:
Colin Powell hints he may vote against Republicans
Discussion: TIME
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
NATO at twilight  —  The alliance's faltering military campaign …
Discussion: Registan.net
Ari Emanuel / The Huffington Post:
My Brother the Superdelegate and Why I Don't Trust Him to Pick the Next President
Matthew Yglesias:
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
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Associated Press:
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Obama Adviser Samantha Power on Israel, “Jenin Massacre”
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
New York Post:
CHICKEN NEWS  —  THE folks at Fox News Channel are magnanimous enough …
Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
Al-Qaeda leaders admit: ‘We are in crisis. There is panic and fear’
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Gates: Iraq drawdown may be paused
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Lerach Says Payoffs Were Widespread
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Kristen Wyatt / Associated Press:
GOP's Wayne Gilchrest Faces Tough Test
Wall Street Journal:
Wiretap Showdown  —  The Senate takes up wiretapping …