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10:45 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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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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Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Obama, McCain Sweep Potomac Primaries  —  Clinton Defeated in VA, MD, DC: McCain Wins MD, DC, and Battles Back Huckabee in VA  —  On a primary winning streak, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has swept the so-called Potomac primaries today, overwhelming defeating Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. …
Discussion: Political Radar and Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Obama sweeps Maryland, Va., D.C.  —  'Tonight we're on our way,' senator says as he extends lead in delegates  —  Sen. Barack Obama, accompanied by Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, center, and others, greets commuters at the Eastern Market Metro Station on Tuesday.  —  Key roles
Bill Nichols / The Politico:
Obama sweeps Potomac primary  —  Barack Obama won the Virginia primary Tuesday, and also scored long-anticipated victories in Maryland and the District of Columbia - a triple play that keeps his momentum rolling and throws Hillary Rodham Clinton further on the defensive.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Analysis: Facing losses, Clinton recasts  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has found a lot of ways to explain her string of losses to Sen. Barack Obama.  —  Caucus states, the former first lady says, are undemocratic and cater only to party activists.
Discussion: Hot Air, MyDD and Associated Press
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA BEATING CLINTON AND MCCAIN?  —  You can see our live election results down the right in the news section.  But if Virginia is any indication, Barack Obama is in line for a very strong showing tonight.  Virginia was Hillary Clinton's best chance tonight and Obama seems to be dominating there.
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Virginia polls show wide support for Obama
CNN:   GOP voters say they'd be ‘satisfied’ with McCain
Michelle Malkin:
Potomac primary watch: Results time; Update: 8:15pm Eastern McCain …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: In Virginia, White Men Boost Obama; Conservatives Drive GOP
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton's Deputy Campaign Manager Steps Aside  —  Mike Henry, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has resigned, according to a source familiar with the decision.  —  Henry tendered his resignation yesterday morning but worked the last two days on a volunteer basis.
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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 …
Chris Cillizza / Live Coverage:
Obama Defeats Clinton in Maryland and Virginia  —  Sen. Barack Obama scored convincing victories over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Democratic presidential primaries in Maryland and Virginia - two key wins in tonight's Potomac Primary.  —  Although polls closed in the District of Columbia …
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Passes Bill to Expand U.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
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Top Hillary Supporter: Some Whites In Pennsylvania “Are Not Ready” …
iowahawk:
Heere Bigynneth the Tale of the Asse-Hatte.  —  1 Whan in Februar, withe hise global warmynge  —  2 Midst unseasonabyl rain and stormynge  —  4 Englande folke to goon pilgrimages.  —  5 Frome everiches farme and shire  —  6 Frome London Towne and Lancanshire  —  7 The pilgryms toward Canterbury wended
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: The Trail, TalkLeft and Slog
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Obama, McCain lead in Wisconsin poll
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.”
Discussion: snapped shot
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Think Progress:
Right Wing Succeeds In Campaign To Bring Down Progressive College President
City Room:
When Kissinger Met the Bloggers  —  It was a bit like the great-grandson throwing a party for the patriarch.  On Monday night, the 6-year-old conservative blog Power Line gathered a group of the movement's luminaries — including  —  Henry A. Kissinger, William Kristol and Paul D. Wolfowitz …
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.
 
 
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