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7:25 PM ET, February 15, 2008

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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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Texas Politics:
Credit Union poll shows Clinton leading in Texas; McCain only slightly ahead of Huckabee  —  The Texas Credit Union League polled the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries and found Hillary Clinton holding a lead over Barack Obama on the Democratic side and John McCain slightly ahead …
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
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.
Discussion: Feministing and The Corner
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?
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   A GOOD CAMPAIGN.  —  For the record, I agree with Isaac Chotiner …
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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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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Matthews Calls Clinton Press Shop “Lousy”, “Kneecappers”  —  Chris Matthews fired a salvo at the Clinton campaign this morning after both he and his MSNBC colleague were privately and publicly rebuked for recent comments deemed misogynistic or inappropriate.
Michelle Malkin:
Music video: Superdelegate (It's Not Easy)  —  John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will probably kill me, but I rewrote the lyrics to his famous ballad, “Superman (It's Not Easy)” to capture Hillary Clinton's plight.  (The latest: Clinton Camp May Regret Largely Turning Its Back on Caucus States).
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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wwwc.house.gov:
Reyes writes President Bush regarding FISA  —  Congressman Reyes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote President Bush today regarding the Foreign Intellingence Surveillance Act (FISA). … President George W. Bush  —  1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW  —  Washington, DC 20500
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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 …
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 …
Guardian:
BAE: papers reveal Saudi threats  —  Spectre of ‘another 7/7’ led Tony Blair to block bribes inquiry, high court told  —  Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.
The Hill:
‘Porkbusters’ boot GOP leadership rep from list  —  Angered by the decision of Republican leaders to not give earmark foe Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee, a coalition of fiscal conservative groups is kicking the GOP leadership's representative off its mailing list.
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Obama Imitates Olmert  —  Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has one of the lowest approval ratings in his country's history thanks to his disastrous prosecution of the July 2006 war in Lebanon against Hezbollah.  —  Nevertheless, and contrary to Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah's delusional …
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘God Bless America’: George W. Bush Will Soon ‘Walk on Our Soil’  —  With President Bush expected to step off Air Force one in the obscure West African nation of Benin, the people of the country are prepared to shower him with almost unprecedented praise.  It will be the first visit …
Discussion: WORLDMEETS.US
 
 
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Clinton's support among Texas Latinos might not translate into delegates
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
No Recession  —  A number of economists on and off Wall Street …
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Kerrey: Sorry, Florida
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain scolds Obama on campaign funds
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Stop Them Before They Start
Reuters:
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Discussion: michellemalkin.com
WisPolitics.com:
WISC-TV statewide presidential primary poll
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Campaign Spot
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Meme Prisoner  —  In the press, Hillary has been trapped …
Discussion: Eschaton and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Putin vs. Clinton
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Rep. Lewis: Report of delegate switch to Obama ‘not accurate’