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11:10 AM 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.
Discussion: Eschaton and TIME: Swampland
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  —  Lewis is a universally respected, historic figure who is the first prominent Democrat to go from squarely in Clinton's camp to Obama's.  The rationale he seemed to give to the New York Times strikes at the heart …
Discussion: The New Republic
David Espo / Associated Press:
Black Lawmakers Rethink Clinton Support
Discussion: The Field, Spin Cycle and The Politico
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Leaves Surveillance Law to Expire
Washington Post:
House Defies Bush on Wiretaps
Discussion: Eschaton
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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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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain-Obama Race Could Redraw Electoral Map  —  Black Turnout Might Put South in Play;  —  New Math in West  —  In recent presidential elections, the electoral map largely has been fixed, with certain regions predictably loyal to one party or another and the competition narrowed to fewer than 20 battleground states.
Discussion: TIME and The Caucus
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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
George H.W. Bush to endorse McCain  —  Former president George H.W. Bush will endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in Houston on Monday during a media availability at 9:30 a.m. Texas time, Republican sources say.  —  President Bush will be in Africa at the time.
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.
CNN:
Former student kills 6 at Northern Illinois University, sparks ‘chaos’  —  DEKALB, Illinois (CNN) — A gunman dressed in black stepped from behind a curtain at the front of a large lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and shot 21 people, six of them fatally …
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Matthew Yglesias:
More FISA, Less Sarcasm  —  For a more substantive take on the whole FISA/telecom immunity issue than I've been able to muster, check out my friend libertarian tech policy analyst Tim Lee's Slate article from a few days ago which runs down most of the relevant information.
Discussion: Eschaton, CNET News.com and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Hot Air and Emptywheel
 
 
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Newt Gingrich / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Revote in Michigan and Florida
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Rick Santorum / philly.com:
The Elephant in the Room: The conservative jury is still out on backing McCain
Karl-Thomas Musselman / Burnt Orange Report:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune and AMERICAblog
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
UK a ‘soft touch’ in terrorism fight
Discussion: European Tribune
New York Times:
U.S. to Produce Data on Iran's Nuclear Program
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
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Joe Hallet / The Columbus Dispatch:
Clinton at OSU: “The people of Ohio get me.”
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Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Seton Hall University School of Law:
Seton Hall Law Students Uncover Proof that Guantánamo …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TalkLeft
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Mughniyeh Was in Midst of Planning Mass Terror Attack
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
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Associated Press:
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