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5:55 PM ET, February 14, 2008


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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.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
House in chaos: GOP calls vote during Lantos memorial  —  During what was supposed to be a somber memorial service in Statuary Hall for Rep. Tom Lantos, who died Monday, the House chamber became mired in chaos over procedural votes.  —  Democrats angrily denounced the GOP as insensitive for calling a …
Think Progress:
House Republicans Stage Walkout, Refuse To Vote On Contempt Charges  —  Today, House Democrats attempted to hold a vote on contempt charges for White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers, who refused to respond to subpoenas in Congress's investigation of the U.S. attorney scandal.
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
House Approves Contempt Resolutions for Miers and Bolten  —  Today, the House has just approved H.Res. 982, which provides for the adoption of H.Res. 979, recommending that the House of Representatives find Harriet Miers, former White House Counsel, and Joshua Bolten, the White House Chief of Staff …
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
David Freddoso / The Corner:
That House GOP Walkout
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN's John Roberts helps out Mike McConnell
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
To Protect White House, GOP Disrupts Congressman's Memorial Service
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:   House approves contempt resolutions against Bolten and Miers
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama's Lead in Delegates Shifts Focus of Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama emerged from Tuesday's primaries leading Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by more than 100 delegates, a small but significant advantage that Democrats said would be difficult for Mrs. Clinton …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Should Hillary Go Negative?  —  Amid all of the armchair quarterbacking that has gone on over the past eight days about what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) should do to turn around her campaign, one solution that doesn't seem to come up much is perhaps the simplest — and most dangerous: going negative.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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?
Romney to endorse McCain  —  CNN's Dana Bash reports that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will endorse senator John McCain.  The endorsement is expected to happen at a Boston event at 3:30 p.m. ET today.  —  Two sources familiar with the decision confirmed the news …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
What Does the Romney Endorsement Mean?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Romney to endorse McCain; Update: Romney for VP?
Discussion: MSNBC and Commentary
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.
The Fix:
SEIU to Consider Obama Endorsement
Discussion: Washington Wire and TIME
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FISA....Andy McCarthy, after saying it would be “unconscionable” for House Democrats to let last year's FISA extension lapse on Friday, stares into the abyss: … Look, if it's that important, there's a simple answer: pass the bill without telecom immunity.  Then come back and introduce immunity in a separate bill.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
FISA: High Noon at Midnight Friday
White House:
President Bush Discusses Protect America Act
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
McCain Aiding Clinton?  —  So yesterday, John McCain attacked Barack Obama for lacking specifics.  Also yesterday, McCain's economic advisor, Kevin “Dow 36,000” Hassett attacked Obama for allegedly pilfering Clinton's economic stimulus program.  (The criticism, and Obama's denial of it, can be found here.)
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp splits public-financing hairs
Elizabeth Rhodes / Seattle Times:
UW study: Rules add $200,000 to Seattle house price  —  Backed by studies showing that middle-class Seattle residents can no longer afford the city's middle-class homes, consensus is growing that prices are too darned high.  But why are they so high?  —  An intriguing new analysis …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND CHANGE....I don't want to beat this into the ground, but yesterday I linked to an Ezra Klein post lamenting the fact that Barack Obama hasn't been using his immense rhetorical gifts to actively move public opinion in a more liberal direction.  Matt Yglesias responds:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Matthew Yglesias
Robert A. Levy / Washington Times:
Promises breached  —  If you think the District of Columbia's ban on all functional firearms in all homes is a reasonable regulation under the Second Amendment, you'll love the friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Bush administration in D.C. v. Heller, now before the Supreme Court.
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary  —  Wisconsin: Obama 47% Clinton 43%  —  The Democratic Presidential Primary in Wisconsin may be the most competitive contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton since Super Tuesday.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Obama …
Michael O'Hanlon / Wall Street Journal:
Obama as Diplomat in Chief  —  A central element of Barack Obama's plan to change American foreign policy is his intention, upon becoming president, to meet with foreign leaders of extremist regimes — the type of rogue-state dictators that George W. Bush has generally shunned during his time as president.
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Financial Times:
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
U.S. Plans to Shoot Down Broken Spy Satellite
Discussion: The Corner
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on the Economy  —  Since I know a lot of people claim …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Sources: Top Hillary Advisers Have Repeatedly Complained To MSNBC …
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Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
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Obama, Hillary, Dems Take FISA Trial Lawyer Cash
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Douglas W. Kmiec / Slate:
Reaganites for Obama?  —  SORRY, MCCAIN.  BARACK OBAMA …
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Hardbrawl  —  Last fall, as network executives, members …