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4:20 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 …
The Hill:
House finds Bolten, Miers in contempt of Congress
Discussion: The Plank and Seeing the Forest
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
To Protect White House, GOP Disrupts Congressman's Memorial Service
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Should Hillary Go Negative?  —  Amid all of the armchair quarterbacking …
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 The Campaign Spot
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Bush's Waterboarding Stance Is Hurting McCain  —  As you probably heard, the Senate voted 51-45 yesterday to ban any government agency from any using interrogation tactic not authorized by the Army Field Manual (including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, exposure to extreme cold, etc.).
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:   Ohio Democratic Presidential Primary
White House:
President Bush Discusses Protect America Act  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.  This Saturday at midnight, legislation authorizing intelligence professionals to quickly and effectively monitor terrorist communications will expire.  If Congress does not act by that time …
James Oliphant / Baltimore Sun:
FISA faceoff: Republicans walk out
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
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 …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org and Sound Politics
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on the Economy  —  Since I know a lot of people claim to be perturbed by Obama's alleged lack of detailed, specific talk about policy issues, I'm sure all those people took the time to read his speech in Jamesville, Wisconsin on the economy but perhaps not everyone got the chance …
Sam Graham-Felsen /
Obama's Economic Policy Address at the Janesville GM Assembly Plant
Discussion: PSoTD and The Campaign Spot
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:
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.
Discussion: The Page
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.
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.
David Ausiello /
EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Jack McCain  —  Jack McCain may be on the sidelines during most of his dad's quest for the presidency, but he is by no means sitting this race out.  In an exclusive interview with, Midshipman McCain spoke about his relationship with his dad …
Discussion: Commentary and TIME
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Sources: Top Hillary Advisers Have Repeatedly Complained To MSNBC …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Liberal Values
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran bans 5 Web sites for news comments
Discussion: snapped shot
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Parodies of the day: Obama Messiah; Clinton's Wisconsin challenge
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Sister Toldjah
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
House GOP Walk Out Over FISA
USA Today:
Senior benefit costs rise 24% since 2000
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Worried Bankers Seek to Shift Risk to Uncle Sam
Amanda Carpenter /
Obama, Hillary, Dems Take FISA Trial Lawyer Cash
Discussion: Commentary
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Douglas W. Kmiec / Slate:
Reaganites for Obama?  —  SORRY, MCCAIN.  BARACK OBAMA …
Discussion: The Corner
Atrios / Eschaton:
Insignificant  —  I still honestly don't have a preference in this presidential primary.
Chris / TVNewser:
NBC News Shake-Up: Two Bureaus to Close
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Daniel Henninger / Real Clear Politics:
Obama at the Top  —  Hillary Clinton probably didn't watch …
Discussion: Slog
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Hardbrawl  —  Last fall, as network executives, members …
Sara Robinson / Orcinus:
The Cult of Obama  —  Every political news outlet …