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1:50 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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Selling Out  —  Jane: … While one can't discount [legalized bribery] campaign dollars entirely, I do think too often we assume they're the reason lawmakers do the “wrong thing” when the simpler explanation that they believe the wrong thing is in fact the right thing is the answer.
Discussion: First Draft
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate OKs immunity for telecoms
Michelle Malkin:
The FISA fight: Nutroots lose, America wins
Discussion: protein wisdom and CNN
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA Fiasco Live on CSPAN2
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
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?
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.
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
McCain still winner after caucus count
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
Boston Globe:
Potomac states fit Obama profile  —  Blacks, upper-income liberals leaning his way  —  Barack Obama spoke at a rally in Baltimore.  Primaries will be held today in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)  —  RICHMOND - When Virginians go to the polls today …
Discussion: Washington Post, Time, MSNBC and Guardian
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Beware of female bombers with pregnancy prosthetics  —  The latest innovation in violent jihad?  “Pregnancy prosthetics.”  —  Beware of suicidal women with baby bomb-y bumps.  —  MSNBC has the scoop: … No “immediate” threat.  Just a relentless, ongoing one.
Deep Background / MSNBC:   DHS: Bombers may use ‘pregnancy prosthetics’
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 …
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
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.
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part III  —  ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ - The United States plans to hand Anbar Province over to the Iraqis next month if nothing catastrophic erupts between now and then.  The Marines will stick around a while longer, though, and complete their crucial last mission - training the Iraqi Police to replace them.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Finding 11-Day Sentence Not Too Little but Too Late
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Yglesias:
Fear of a Black Plurality
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Senate Votes to Give Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Doctors balk at request for data
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’
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Should conservatives back Mac?
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The Reaction and TBogg
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
McCain opts out on funds
Discussion: New York Times, The Caucus and TIME
Debra Burlingame / Wall Street Journal:
The Clintons' Terror Pardons
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants