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10:30 AM ET, February 14, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Team Seeks to Calm Turmoil  —  MCALLEN, Texas — With Spanish music blaring, Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned across South Texas yesterday with a more populist message, as her new campaign manager sought to reshape a campaign that has lost eight straight primaries in a week.
New York Times:
Knocked Off Balance, Clinton Campaign Tries to Regain Its Stride  —  SAN ANTONIO — The Texas and Ohio presidential primaries, on March 4, have become must-win contests for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, her advisers say.  So why is she just opening campaign field offices across those states?
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton counts on superdelegates  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote, but persuades enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention, her campaign advisers say.  —  The New York senator …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON TO FIGHT FOR EVERY DELEGATE  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  The Clinton campaign is not about to give up anything without a fight.  —  Strategists said in a conference call with reporters the campaign will go after delegates wherever they can be found — including in Michigan and Florida.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Digg
New York Times:
Making (Some) Progress in Iraq  —  Good news is rare in Iraq.  But after months of bitter feuding, Iraq's Parliament has finally approved a budget, outlined the scope of provincial powers, set an Oct. 1 date for provincial elections and voted a general amnesty for detainees.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Even The New York Times Notices Progress
Discussion: Redstate
Satyam / Think Progress:
Maverick Fails The Test: McCain Votes Against Waterboarding Ban  —  Today, the Senate brought the Intelligence Authorization Bill to the floor, which contained a provision from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) establishing one interrogation standard across the government.
Patrick Yoest / CQ Politics:   Intelligence Bill Including Interrogation Restrictions Faces Bush Veto
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
McCain Adviser Won't Fight Obama  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: On Wednesday, a top adviser to John McCain said more definitively than he has in the past that he will step down from the Arizona senator's presidential campaign if the presumed GOP nominee faces Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the general election.
Sara Robinson / Orcinus:
The Cult of Obama  —  Every political news outlet, from the networks to the blogs, is abuzz today with the question: Is the Obama phenomenon a cult?  —  People — particularly Hillary partisans — are eagerly putting this idea out there.  I want to make it very clear before I get started …
Angela K. Brown / Associated Press:
Texas Ban on Sex Toy Sales Is Overturned  —  FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a statute outlawing sex toy sales in Texas, one of the last states — all in the South — to retain such a ban.  —  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas law making …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Hardbrawl  —  Last fall, as network executives, members of Congress and other hotshots gathered beneath a massive tent at Washington's Decatur House to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Hardball,” Chris Matthews began to address the crowd.
Discussion:, TVNewser and Romenesko
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Candidates' Earmarks Worth Millions  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
When We Torture  —  The most famous journalist you may never have heard of is Sami al-Hajj, an Al Jazeera cameraman who is on a hunger strike to protest abuse during more than six years in a Kafkaesque prison system.  —  Mr. Hajj's fortitude has turned him into a household name in the Arab world …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Be My Political Valentine  —  Are you in love with a staffer on Capitol Hill, someone who works at a think tank, or just a plain, old political wonk?  Well, then today's your lucky day because you can show them that you really do understand their weird obsession with monetary policy …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Ethics Panel Admonishes Craig for Conduct in Sex Sting  —  Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) was rebuked yesterday by the Senate ethics committee over his conviction for disorderly conduct in an airport men's restroom, with the panel concluding that he committed the offense and citing him for actions …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Craig admonished by ethics panel
Discussion: The Gate
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McCain refuses to pander
Discussion: Think Progress
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: Obama's Economic Plan is Unworkable
Associated Press:
McCain campaign insists Huckabee can't possibly win enough delegates
Discussion: The Trail
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Intelligence Experts Fear Hezbollah Retaliation
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Much More Enthused About Their Candidates
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
The Huckabee Tab  —  There is one small but influential group …
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Mark Penn / Real Clear Politics:
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