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8:35 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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Chris Cillizza / Live Coverage:
Obama Defeats Clinton in Virginia Primary  —  Sen. Barack Obama scored a convincing victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Virginia's Democratic presidential primary, an early indicator of a strong showing for the Illinois senator in today's Potomac Primary.  —  Polls closed in the Commonwealth at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
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Associated Press:
Obama projected to beat Clinton in Va., D.C.  —  NBC projects a McCain victory in Virginia GOP race; Md. voting extended  —  Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters and commuters as he campaigns outside a Metro subway stop on Pennsylvania Avenue with Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty on Tuesday …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: In Virginia, White Men Boost Obama; Conservatives Drive GOP  —  Exit Polls Show GOP Voters Seek Shared Values; Potomac Democrats Want ‘Change’  —  High turnout by very conservative voters and evangelicals made it a hard-fought race in the Virginia Republican primary …
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Bill Nichols / The Politico:
Obama scores win in Virginia
Discussion: Political Machine
CNN:   Strong early turnout as ‘Potomac Primaries’ begin
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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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.
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.
El Diario / La Prensa:
Last in, first out  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is in trouble …
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
NY Hispanics question Clinton aide exit
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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  —  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 — will vote to legalize warrantless spying …
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” …
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.
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.”
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Think Progress:
Right Wing Succeeds In Campaign To Bring Down Progressive College President
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Hillary Adviser Harold Ickes Tells Surrogates To Refer To Super-Delegates As “Automatic Delegates”  —  In a sign that the spin war over the significance of super-delegates is underway in earnest, Harold Ickes told assorted Hillary supporters on a private conference call yesterday …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:   First “Death Tax,” Now This  —  TPM: … What an amazing load of rubbish.
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Dodd: It's up to The House  —  Speaking to a conference call of reporters this afternoon, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) said that, reflecting on the string of defeats in the Senate today, he thought the House was the best hope for stripping retroactive immunity from the final surveillance bill.
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Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
Why I Voted for Obama  —  College Park Rally, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.  —  I grew up in the 1990s loathing Bill Clinton.  He and his wife represented everything that was bad about politics — from the corruption and lies they brought from Arkansas to the immoral and embarrassing behavior in the White House.
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Scalia Defends Torture: It's ‘Absurd’ To Say The Gov't Can't ‘Smack’ A Suspect ‘In The Face’  —  Today in an interview with BBC Radio's Law in Action, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defended torture, claiming that it is not necessarily barred by the Constitution:
 
 
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Battle-tested  —  Hillary Clinton fought the Republican attack machine …
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Cool on O'Bama  —  All this emoting over Barack Obama's wonderful …
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