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7:20 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Passes Bill to Expand Government's Spying Powers  —  WASHINGTON — After more than a year of heated political wrangling, the Senate handed the White House a major victory Tuesday by voting to broaden the government's spy powers after giving legal protection to phone companies that cooperated …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Amnesty Day for Bush and lawbreaking telecoms  —  The Senate today — led by Jay Rockefeller, enabled by Harry Reid, and with the active support of at least 12 (and probably more) Democrats, in conjunction with an as-always lockstep GOP caucus — will vote to legalize warrantless spying …
Michelle Malkin:
The FISA fight: Nutroots lose, America wins  —  I've been keeping you up-to-date on the FISA fight in the Senate (see here and here).  This morning, a series of votes took place and you'll be happy to know that the defeatist Dems were defeated.  —  Carter Wood at the NAM's ShopFloor blog sums up the votes:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Senate Approves Telecom Immunity
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Clinton Shake-Up  —  Like so much involving Hillary Clinton, Sunday's departure of her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, has gotten tons of attention, but its larger significance has been somewhat misunderstood.  I've spent a fair amount of time over the last two years reporting on …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
‘SUPER’ LATINO SLAMS CLINTON  —  A prominent member of the national Democratic Party has circulated a sharp e-mail saying the removal of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle was disloyal to Hispanics and should give “pause” to superdelegates and voters.
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
NY Hispanics question Clinton aide exit
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
El Diario / La Prensa:   Last in, first out  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is in trouble …
Associated Press:
Early Exit Poll Data in MD, VA  —  Highlights of preliminary exit poll data in the Maryland and Virginia presidential primaries Tuesday:  —  ___  —  CONSERVATIVES AND EVANGELICALS  —  Nearly seven in 10 voters in Virginia's Republican primary called themselves conservatives.
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Tony Norman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Gov. ‘Blunt Talk’ Rendell (and other topics)  —  So many topics, so little space:  —  Gov. Ed “Don't Call Me ‘Fast Eddie’ ” Rendell met with the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week to talk about his latest budget.  But before turning the meeting over to his number-crunchers …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Top Hillary Supporter: Some Whites In Pennsylvania “Are Not Ready” To Support Black Candidate  —  This explanation from a prominent Hillary supporter in Pennsylvania, regarding why he thinks Barack Obama could lose his state, seems a bit off message.  —  According to a columnist …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Obama Unplugged  —  Lost without a Teleprompter.  —  USUALLY WHEN BARACK OBAMA gives a major speech, the overdone hosannas from the liberal commentariat follow as surely as night follows day.  The American Prospect's Ezra Klein wrote of Obama's post-Iowa victory speech, “I've been blessed to hear many great orations.
Joseph C. Wilson IV / Baltimore Sun:
Battle-tested  —  Hillary Clinton fought the Republican attack machine, and emerged stronger  —  With the emergence of Sen. John McCain as the presumptive Republican nominee, the choice for the Democrats in the 2008 presidential election now shifts to who is best positioned to beat him …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Slog
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
PPP Poll: Obama, McCain Lead in Wisconsin
Michelle Malkin:
William and Mary president resigns in disgrace  —  The head of the College of William and Mary, Gene Nichol, has resigned in disgrace.  Several readers send along his resignation letter.  You'll recall that he roiled the campus with his decision to hide the cross at the famous school chapel to make it “less faith-specific.”
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Think Progress:
Right Wing Succeeds In Campaign To Bring Down Progressive College President
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Hillary Adviser Harold Ickes Tells Surrogates To Refer To Super-Delegates As “Automatic Delegates”  —  In a sign that the spin war over the significance of super-delegates is underway in earnest, Harold Ickes told assorted Hillary supporters on a private conference call yesterday …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:   First “Death Tax,” Now This  —  TPM: … What an amazing load of rubbish.
News24:
Women ‘falling for Obama’  —  College Park, Maryland - You can see it in their flushed-face smiles and hear it in their screams.  They say the phenomenon is difficult to describe, but once they experience it they tell their friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, and they come back for more if they can.
Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
Why I Voted for Obama  —  College Park Rally, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.  —  I grew up in the 1990s loathing Bill Clinton.  He and his wife represented everything that was bad about politics — from the corruption and lies they brought from Arkansas to the immoral and embarrassing behavior in the White House.
CNN:
Huckabee press pool runs out of gas  —  DULLES TOLL ROAD, Virginia (CNN) - Thirteen miles from Dulles International Airport, the Huckabee press van carrying reporters from Washington D.C. to the airport for a flight to Little Rock, Arkansas ground to a halt on the side of the highway, out of gas.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
John McCain's Top 24 Potential Picks For Vice-President  —  Predicting whom a particular candidate will take as Vice-President is always difficult because so many factors play into it.  Do both candidates get along?  Is the presidential nominee looking to carry a particular state, region …
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Cool on O'Bama  —  All this emoting over Barack Obama's wonderful, wonderful personality is starting to trigger my gag reflex.  —  What are we electing here, a faith healer?  What is Obama's view of the executive power?  How, exactly, does he propose to “bring us together”?  Just by being half-black?
 
 
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Oliver North / Real Clear Politics:
Decision Time for Conservatives
White House:
President Bush Celebrates African American History Month
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Paul Krugman:
Obama-Clinton odds and ends
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Analysis: Facing losses, Clinton recasts
Discussion: MyDD and Associated Press
Christopher Beam / Trailhead:
D.C. Mayor Supports Obama a Little Too Aggressively
Susan Ferrechio / Examiner:
Bill Clinton derides Obama candidacy as ‘smoke and mirrors’
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
NAACP gets involved
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
NAACP head wants barred delegates seated
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Why the Right is Behind Online
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
The John Edwards Endorsement: A Last Chance To Prove He's No Phony
Discussion: David Corn and Media Blog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TO FIRE OR NOT TO FIRE (HINT: OPTION #1)
Amanda / Think Progress:
Scalia Defends Torture: It's ‘Absurd’ …
Wall Street Journal:
High-Interest Lenders Tap Elderly, Disabled
Discussion: The Impolitic and Facing South
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Finding 11-Day Sentence Not Too Little but Too Late
Discussion: TalkLeft