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1:15 PM ET, February 12, 2008


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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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Amnesty Day for Bush and lawbreaking telecoms  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA Fiasco Live on CSPAN2
Discussion: Daily Kos
Atrios / Eschaton:
Selling Out  —  Jane: … While one can't discount …
Discussion: First Draft
Voting begins in battle for the Potomac  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama heads into Tuesday's so-called Potomac primaries looking to sustain the momentum he mustered in his sweep of five Democratic contests last weekend.  —  The demographics in Virginia, Maryland and the District …
Boston Globe:
Potomac states fit Obama profile
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and Outside The Beltway
David Brooks / New York Times:
When Reality Bites  —  There's a big difference between the Republican and Democratic campaigns: The Republicans have split on policy grounds; the Democrats haven't.  There's been a Republican divide between center and right, yet no Democratic divide between center and left.
Little Green Footballs:
Outside the Beltway and Off the Rails  —  James Joyner is rushing to do damage control for Barack Obama: Obama Che Guevara Flag ‘Scandal’.  He takes particular exception to an “insinuation” (his word) he says I made: … “Loyalty oath?”  Where the hell does that come from?
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
McCain still winner after caucus count  —  After a day of heated rhetoric over alleged irregularities in the state Republican precinct caucuses and continuing complaints from presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's campaign, state Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser late Monday night released updated numbers …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
McCain still winner in updated WA GOP caucus results
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and MSNBC
New York Times:
Mortgage Crisis Spreads Past Subprime Loans  —  The credit crisis is no longer just a subprime mortgage problem.  —  As home prices fall and banks tighten lending standards, people with good, or prime, credit histories are falling behind on their payments for home loans …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions the Potomac Primary Could Answer  —  1) Will a Sweep by Obama Make Him the Front-Runner?  —  Victories in Maryland, Virginia and the District would give Barack Obama a narrow but undisputed lead among pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Palestinians Ask U.S. To Intervene in Suits Over Terrorist Attacks  —  The State Department is considering supporting the Palestinian Authority in its quest to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments won by American victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel …
Discussion: The Corner, Soccer Dad and Hot Air
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Go with the tough guy  —  The new ‘axis of evil’ doesn't fear the U.S. McCain could change that.  —  Some conservatives are having conniptions over the rise of John McCain as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.  Personally, I am less interested in what Rush Limbaugh …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EVEN HIS ENDORSEMENT IS A SNOOZER  —  Did you hear?  Fred Thompson endorsed John McCain.  —  Don't worry.  No one else heard either.
Discussion: TBogg
MattTX / Texans For Obama:
There is No Such Thing as the Texas Primary Part II: Delegate Projections  —  Previously we examined delegate allocation and the caucus process in Texas.  The short version is that:  — Texas has 193 pledged delegates, as well as 35 unpledged delegates  — The Statewide Primary vote …
Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
McCain and the Talk-Show Hosts  —  What a kerfuffle!  Half a dozen talk-radio hosts whose major talent is that, like hairdressers, they can talk all day long to one client after another as they snip, have decided that the presumptive Republican nominee does not hew sufficiently close to their gospel.
Robert Messenger / Weekly Standard:
The German Way of War  —  The Greatest Battle  —  Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II  —  Moscow 1941  —  Absolute War  —  THERE IS A GERMAN WAY OF WAR.  —  Its distinctive characteristic is the muster of overwhelming force and a rapid advance into enemy territory.
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate OKs immunity for telecoms  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to shield from lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without court permission after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  —  After nearly two months of stops and starts …
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Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Senate Votes to Give Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
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Steve Sailer / Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog:
“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human …
Discussion: The Corner
Spiegel Online:
‘I Have a Long Record of Working Together with Our Allies’
Jeffrey Dvorkin / Salon:
Journalism's last line of defense
Discussion: Media Blog
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Portman praises McCain, but deflects talk of interest in vice presidential slot
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Should conservatives back Mac?
Deep Background / MSNBC:
DHS: Bombers may use ‘pregnancy prosthetics’
 Earlier Items: 
Indira Lakshmanan / Bloomberg:
Obama's Students, Independents Erode Clinton's Wisconsin Base
Discussion: MSNBC and Althouse
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part III
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
McCain opts out on funds
Discussion: TIME
Debra Burlingame / Wall Street Journal:
The Clintons' Terror Pardons
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants
Sources: Gore won't endorse