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3:45 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Amnesty Day for Bush and lawbreaking telecoms  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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 …
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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:
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate OKs immunity for telecoms
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Moves to Shield Phone Companies on Eavesdropping
Discussion: American Spectator
Atrios / Eschaton:
Selling Out  —  Jane: … While one can't discount …
Discussion: First Draft
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA Fiasco Live on CSPAN2
Discussion: Daily Kos and ShopFloor.org
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Hot Air
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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?
Discussion: The New Republic
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Steve Sailer / Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog:
“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Obama Che Guevara Flag ‘Scandal’  —  The blogosphere is roiled up over the flag issue again.  No, not that flag.  This one:  —  That's the Cuban flag with the image of Ernesto Che Guevara superimposed on it.  It's tacked onto the wall of an office in Barack Obama's Houston campaign headquarters.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Finding 11-Day Sentence Not Too Little but Too Late  —  Matthew Sinor was in his second year of law school at Ohio State a couple of years ago when he heard that an Army buddy had gotten into trouble with the law.  Mr. Sinor rescheduled two exams and flew to Mobile, Ala. …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Maverick Myth  —  You can't read a story about John McCain …
Discussion: American Spectator
Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
Why I Voted for Obama  —  College Park Rally, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
The John Edwards Endorsement: A Last Chance To Prove He's No Phony
Discussion: Media Blog and David Corn
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TO FIRE OR NOT TO FIRE (HINT: OPTION #1)
Wall Street Journal:
High-Interest Lenders Tap Elderly, Disabled
Discussion: Facing South and The Impolitic
Matthew Yglesias:
Fear of a Black Plurality
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Senate Votes to Give Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Lent fast re-branded as ‘Christian Ramadan’
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Guy Branum / Slate:
IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESS TO SCRUTINIZE HER.
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
Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
McCain and the Talk-Show Hosts
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Should conservatives back Mac?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Palestinians Ask U.S. To Intervene in Suits Over Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: The Corner, Yourish.com and Hot Air
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part III
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions the Potomac Primary Could Answer