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9:05 PM ET, February 15, 2008

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Ignorance Of The Right  —  Here's Victor Davis Hanson: … Now the reason I balk at this is that I actually sat through a long Obama speech on taxes last year in Washington.  I couldn't get through the details there were so many.  It bored the pants off me.
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Problems with Obama  —  Under pressure to produce some facts and specifics, the Obama team is beginning to release a little on the economy, taxes, and new entitlements.  But the problem is that Obama himself seems not familiar with the details, and still prefers talking only about hope and change.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Newt Gingrich / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Revote in Michigan and Florida  —  Democrats are headed for a trainwreck in campaign '08 that threatens to produce a tainted Democratic presidential nominee and, worse, a divisive and delegitimized presidential contest.  —  Recall that when Michigan and Florida moved up their primaries …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Christine Pelosi: Superdelegates Should Not Overturn Majority Dem.  Vote  —  Christine Pelosi, daughter of the Speaker and (more notably at the moment) a superdelegate, warns of a massive disillusionment of voters should Democratic Party officials back a presidential nominee that didn't win the pledged delegate vote.
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Clyburn: Superdelegates should keep quiet on candidate support
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Slog
Rasmussen Reports:
Texas Democratic Presidential Primary  —  Texas: Clinton 54% Obama 38%  —  When Election 2008 began, long before the first votes were cast, Senator Hillary Clinton led in the national polls but trailed Barack Obama in the key state of Iowa.  Many remarked upon the difference between those national and state numbers.
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Experts Scoff at Sat Shoot-Down Rationale (Updated)  —  The Pentagon says it has to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite because of the threat of a toxic gas cloud.  Space security experts are calling the rationale highly unlikely.  “Having the US government spend millions of dollars …
Associated Press:
McCain scolds Obama on campaign funds  —  Admonishes Obama for hedging on whether he'd accept public funding  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. - Republican John McCain admonished Democrat Barack Obama for hedging on whether he would accept public funding as promised if he wins his party's nomination or use his prolific fundraising operation.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and MyDD
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain to hammer Obama on financing
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Mao offered U.S. 10 million women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.
Michael James / Political Punch:
Bill Clinton: Obama ‘Literally Not Part of Any of the Good Things’ From the 1990s  —  ABC News' Sarah Amos reports that former President Bill Clinton — despite myriad promises he would stop assailing his wife's opponent given how it has backfired on her — upped his harsh attacks today in Tyler, Texas.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
New York Times:
Waxman Regrets Hearing Was Held  —  WASHINGTON — A day after a dramatic, nationally televised hearing that pitted Roger Clemens against his former personal trainer and Democrats against Republicans, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Thursday …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why Did Clinton Not Fight For Florida And Michigan In 2007?  —  While I think it is pretty clear that the DNC did not follow its rules regarding Florida and Michigan, I think Obama supporters make a compelling argument: why didn't Clinton fight for Florida in 2007?  It does require a response.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Clintons' Beef With the Media  —  Are the news media being beastly to Hillary Clinton?  Are political reporters and commentators — as Bill Clinton suggested but didn't quite come out and say in a radio interview Tuesday — basically in the tank for Barack Obama?
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
An education gap among white voters  —  Today, Behind the Numbers shows the sizable “education gap” in Democratic voting patterns.  —  In Post-ABC national polling, Clinton consistently scored better among voters without college degrees than among those with more education …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Citation Count Rankings and the Presidential Campaign  —  In a comment on David Bernstein's post on Barack Obama's tenure as President of the Harvard Law Review for Volume 104, LawStatMan reports that the volume “has been cited [by law reviews] at the lowest rate of any volume published …
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jihadis throw a wild bash over the Protect America Act  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  What can one even say about this quote, included in Carl Hulse's NYT article on the Democrats' refusal yesterday to pass the Senate's FISA bill before expiration of the Protect America Act:
 
 
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Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Bush Says Congress Putting US in Danger
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Who Is Killing All Of The Great Jihadis Of The Ummah?
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Most Shocking Video Ever: 12 Year Old Taliban Boy Beheads Man (Uncensored Version)
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
1,000 Words: Supporting the Troop, Lefty Style
Discussion: The American Mind
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
No Recession  —  A number of economists on and off Wall Street …
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘God Bless America’: George W. Bush Will Soon ‘Walk on Our Soil’
Discussion: WORLDMEETS.US
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerrey: Sorry, Florida
Rick Noriega / VetVoice:
Stop Them Before They Start
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
MI/FL: The DNC Changed The Rules
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
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ABCNEWS:
Silicon Insider: Solar Companies Glow Despite Economic Slump
Discussion: The Corner
The Hill:
‘Porkbusters’ boot GOP leadership rep from list
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Obama Imitates Olmert
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Meme Prisoner  —  In the press, Hillary has been trapped …
Discussion: Eschaton and Daily Kos