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3:22 AM ET, February 15, 2008


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New York Times:
Black Leader, a Clinton Ally, Tilts to Obama  —  MILWAUKEE — Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Black Lawmakers Rethink Clinton Support  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch.
David Epso / Time:
Black Lawmakers Rethink Clinton Support  —  (WASHINGTON) — In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch.
The Hill:
House finds Bolten, Miers in contempt of Congress  —  The House voted Thursday to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before a panel investigating the firing of several United States attorneys.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Not Serious  —  About national security, that is.  Over the last 36 hours, Congressional Democrats have again demonstrated a casual, even frivolous attitude toward their Constitutional duty to assist in keeping Americans safe from attack.  —  First, the Senate joined the House …
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Republicans disrupt Lantos memorial service  —  Even the dead are political pawns to the Republicans (then again, we already knew that post-September 11).  House Republicans, at the bidding of the Bush White House, are upset that House Democrats are voting on contempt citations for Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton today.
The New Republic:
Every Day's a Bad Day For Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
West Wing Aides Cited for Contempt
Discussion: KnoxViews
Chicago Tribune:
Five dead in NIU shooting  —  Gunman kills four before shooting himself  —  A gunman opened fire with a shotgun and a handgun Thursday afternoon in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, killing 4 people before shooting himself to death, authorities said.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OUT FOR THEMSELVES.  —  The New York Times reports: … Put another way: If Hillary Clinton does not win delegates out of a majority of contested primaries and caucuses, her aides are willing to rip the party apart to secure the nomination, to cheat in a way that will rend the Democratic coalition …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
SEIU set to endorse Obama  —  Two labor sources tell Politico that the giant Service Employees International Union, which has been neutral through the primary, is on the verge of throwing its support to Sen. Barack Obama.  —  “It's done,” said one person close to the union.
SEIU poised to endorse Obama
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Associated Press:
Nicaraguan leader calls Obama's campaign ‘revolutionary’  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega, who led the 1979 revolution in Nicaragua, says Barack Obama's presidential bid is a “revolutionary” phenomenon in the United States.  —  “It's not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. ...
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Superdelegates get campaign cash  —  Many of the superdelegates who could well decide the Democratic presidential nominee have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new study shows.  —  “While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment on FISA: President Bush Is A Liar And A Fascist  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on today's Countdown was a scathing rebuke of President Bush for continuing to play the fear card, trying to scare the hell out of the American people and vowing to veto …
Bloomberg Ridicules Washington On Economy  —  ‘Cash Rebates Like Booze For Alcoholics’  —  U.S.Resembling A ‘Third-World Country’  —  NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unleashed another flurry of jabs on Washington, ridiculing the federal government's rebate checks as being …
Discussion: Wonkette and Liberal Values
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Senior McCain Adviser Refuses To Campaign Against Obama: UPDATED  —  Update: Tucker had the audio of McKinnon's interview on NPR.  (h/t Silent Patriot)  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play  —  Via The Baltimore Sun: … Can you even fathom the notion that any senior adviser …
Discussion: The Fix
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
U.S. Plans to Shoot Down Broken Spy Satellite  —  President Bush, acting on the advice of his national security advisers, has decided to attempt to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite that is expected to crash to the Earth by early next month.  —  National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe …
Atrios / Eschaton:
They Write Letters  —  Congressman Reyes writes to President Bush.
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