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4:45 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:
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Moves to Shield Phone Companies on Eavesdropping  —  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 and to give legal protection to phone companies that cooperated …
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Senate Approves Telecom Immunity
Atrios / Eschaton:
Selling Out  —  Jane: … While one can't discount …
Discussion: First Draft
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 …
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.
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
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Senate Votes to Give Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms  —  Let there be no doubt: a majority of senators, and a large number of Democrats, think the telecoms should not suffer the hazard of accountability for cooperating with the administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
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Jason Rosenbaum / The Seminal:
Retroactive Immunity: What's Next?
Discussion: Hold Fast
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
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Why the Right is Behind Online  —  From Erick Erickson, Redstate editor and influential Republican. … Now, being a doctor who performs abortions is in fact a job, so one might find conflicting narratives in Erick's quote.  And if the way to use the internet well politically is to up the number …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Eschaton
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
GOP digerati call on party to emulate Dems by embracing 'Net
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?
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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