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3:05 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
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 …
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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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Clinton Shake-Up
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
McCain still winner in updated WA GOP caucus results  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Republican Party released additional results late Monday from last weekend's presidential caucuses, and declared Arizona Sen. John McCain the winner once again.
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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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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Should conservatives back Mac?  —  The anger that greets the Arizona senator might be more justly directed somewhere else: at President Bush  —  There's a fascinating irony to John McCain's de facto victory in the race for the Republican nomination.  While the self-styled independent maverick …
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Washington Post:
Despite GOP's Push for McCain, Huckabee Won't Pull Out of Race
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Guy Branum / Slate:
IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESS TO SCRUTINIZE HER.  —  The recent emergence of Chelsea Clinton as a voice for her mother's campaign has resulted in a chorus of “poor Chelsea” from various sources.  Ms. Clinton is still deeply wary of the media, and the sentiment may be valid; her life has been dominated …
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
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.
 
 
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Scalia Defends Torture: It's ‘Absurd’ …
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’
Steve Sailer / Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog:
“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human …
Discussion: The Corner and PrestoPundit
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
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Portman praises McCain, but deflects talk of interest in vice presidential slot
MattTX / Texans For Obama:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Palestinians Ask U.S. To Intervene in Suits Over Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: The Corner, Yourish.com and Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EVEN HIS ENDORSEMENT IS A SNOOZER
Discussion: The Reaction and TBogg
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part III
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions the Potomac Primary Could Answer
Debra Burlingame / Wall Street Journal:
The Clintons' Terror Pardons
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants