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12:55 PM ET, February 15, 2008

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New York Times:
Black Leader, a Clinton Ally, Tilts to Obama  —  MILWAUKEE — Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WON'T GO THERE  —  In the thick of a campaign it is easy to overrate the importance of an endorsement or a political hit.  But it is difficult to overstate the significance of John Lewis' switch from the Clinton to Obama camps because it is a devastating blow on two or three levels wrapped together in a single person.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton Camp May Regret Largely Turning Its Back on Caucus States  —  Among the costliest decisions Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has made this year was to largely cede caucus states to Barack Obama.  It is one that, in retrospect, baffles Democratic strategists and, even more so, the operatives on Obama's team.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Why a John Lewis' Defection Would Be Such a Big Deal
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Karl-Thomas Musselman / Burnt Orange Report:
Clinton Up 49-41 in Texas Poll; Obama May Win More Delegates
Discussion: Booman Tribune and AMERICAblog
Gateway Pundit:
RIOTS IN DENMARK!  Muslim Youths Go On Torching Rampage  —  Rioting in Denmark!  —  “Immigrant” youths are torching cars and schools.  —  An elementary school was torched in the violence.  —  A fireman tries to put out a fire at Vaerebro elementary school that was set alight by demonstrators …
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Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
rage boy sighting!!!!!! anti-denmark day of rage; now worldwide!
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Mikael / Turban Bomb:
Intifada in Copenhagen ?  —  It would seem like Denmark …
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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Matthew Yglesias:
More FISA, Less Sarcasm
Discussion: Eschaton, CNET News.com and Firedoglake
Mike McConnell / Washington Post:
A Key Gap In Fighting Terrorism
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
A GOOD CAMPAIGN.  —  For the record, I agree with Isaac Chotiner that the Clinton team has run a pretty good campaign. etter, indeed, than what I thought they'd run.  It may or may not prove to be enough, and looking back, there will surely be identifiable mistakes and botched opportunities.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Clintons' Beef With the Media
Discussion: Attytood and Media Blog
Spin Cycle:
NAFTA: Us, Hillary and the “Boon”
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
White men hold superdelegate power balance  —  In an ironic twist to the historic Democratic nominating contest between an African American and a woman, the balance of power may be held by a more familiar face: the white male.  —  According to a Politico analysis, close to half …
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain-Obama Race Could Redraw Electoral Map
Discussion: The Caucus, TIME and American Power
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Confidence or Derangement?  —  “This is death by a thousand cuts.”  That's what they keep saying about Hillary Clinton.  —  Think of what this week was for her.  She awoke each day having to absorb new sentences in a paragraph of woe:  —  Three more primary losses, not even close.
John McCain / CNN:
Sources: Former President Bush to endorse McCain  —  (CNN) — CNN has learned that John McCain will travel to Texas, most likely next week, to accept the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush.  —  The campaign is working on the scheduling with the former president's office …
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and TIME
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
George H.W. Bush to endorse McCain
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
A veto of the FISA bill endangers Americans  —  Olbermann: The president is demanding immunity for the telecoms yet, he can't confirm they did anything for which they need to be cleared  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  A part of what I will say, was said here on Jan. 31.
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Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Obama's Chicago Ties Might Fuel ‘Republican Attack Machine’  —  Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) — Hillary Clinton questions whether Barack Obama would be able to withstand what she calls the “Republican attack machine.”  If Obama does become the Democratic presidential nominee, his Chicago ties might provide the fuel.
Peter Urban / The Connecticut Post Online:
Lieberman says some waterboarding OK  —  WASHINGTON — Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman reluctantly acknowledged Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture, but believes the interrogation technique should be available only under the most extreme circumstances.
 
 
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