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10:55 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: Macsmind and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Kerrey: Sorry, Florida
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain scolds Obama on campaign funds  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. - Republican Sen. John McCain admonished Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for hedging on his promise to accept public funding if he wins his party's nomination or use his prolific fundraising operation.  —  “I made the commitment …
Discussion: The Politico
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama would seek McCain deal
Discussion: Daily Kos, Wonkette and MyDD
Paul Silver / The Moderate Voice:   Parsing Support for Campaign Finance Reform
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
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:
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.
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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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 …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Most Shocking Video Ever: 12 Year Old Taliban Boy Beheads Man (Uncensored Version)  —  Some time back we brought you news that the Taliban had reached new lows and were now circulating a propaganda video, produced by the Taliban themselves, showing a 12 year old boy beheading a hostage.
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 …
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
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
No Recession  —  A number of economists on and off Wall Street are ringing the recession bell, as they have so many times in recent years.  But the Goldilocks economy has proven to be more durable and resilient than her critics appreciate.  —  Goldilocks dodged two potentially recessionary bullets this week.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Who Is Killing All Of The Great Jihadis Of The Ummah?  —  First Umad Mughniyeh takes the 72-virgin ride with a Bashar Assad Special.  Now Ayman Atallah Fayed gets blasted in the most literal sense of the word.  Both men were high-ranking members of terrorist groups arrayed against Israel.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Texas Dilemna  —  The Washington Post lays out the problems for Obama in Texas.  Shorter version: He still suffers from a lack of support in the Hispanic community.  —  It begins with John McCain, who does have Hispanic support in Texas: … On to Hillary: [More...] … Back to Texas:
Discussion: The Trail
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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NationalJournal.com:
Transcript: Howard Wolfson On Transparency And The Clinton Campaign
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New York Times Plans to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs
Discussion: Truthdig and Romenesko
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
Once-reluctant DeLay says he would back McCain as nominee
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Citation Count Rankings and the Presidential Campaign
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Clyburn: Superdelegates should keep quiet on candidate support
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Slog
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
1,000 Words: Supporting the Troop, Lefty Style
Carlos Guerra / Austin American-Statesman:
Clinton's support among Texas Latinos might not translate into delegates
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday House Line: Republican Retirements Galore
 Earlier Items: 
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘God Bless America’: George W. Bush Will Soon ‘Walk on Our Soil’
Discussion: WORLDMEETS.US
New York Sun:
‘Realism’ in Syria
Discussion: Power Line
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
MI/FL: The DNC Changed The Rules
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Primary Send Shivers Through Capitol Moderates
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