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10:45 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 …
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
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
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Copenhagen police arrest six in fifth night of riots  —  COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Six youths were arrested in Copenhagen for setting cars and dumpsters ablaze and throwing stones at police in a fifth night of riots in a predominantly immigrant area of the Danish capital, police said Friday.
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.
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 …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain-Obama Race Could Redraw Electoral Map
Discussion: TIME and The Caucus
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jihadis throw a wild bash over the Protect America Act  —  (updated below)  —  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:
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Leaves Surveillance Law to Expire
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
One step forward, two back for House GOP as earmarker Bonner gets Appropriations Committee slot  —  Just when you think they really, finally do get it, the House GOP does something that demonstrates yet again that they haven't yet grasped that talking about earmark reform is not enough, they have to actually do something concrete.
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House Republicans Aren't Serious About Earmark Reform
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.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Large Union Backs Obama; Another Is Likely to Do Same  —  Giving Senator Barack Obama new momentum, one of the nation's largest labor unions, the United Food and Commercial Workers, endorsed him on Thursday.  Another giant, the Service Employees International Union, was on the brink of backing him.
Nick Baumann / MoJoBlog:
The SEIU Picks Obama
Discussion: 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 …
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
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.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment on FISA: President Bush Is A Liar And A Fascist  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on today's Countdown was a scathing rebuke of President Bush for continuing to play the fear card, trying to scare the hell out of the American people and vowing to veto …
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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
Joe Hallet / The Columbus Dispatch:
Clinton at OSU: “The people of Ohio get me.”
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Warring on McCain, Limbaugh Sees No Reconciliation
Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Offer Similar Economic Visions
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NUMBER 39  —  Each year I allow myself this indulgence.  Today's my birthday.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Washington Post:
Let Meet-Greet-and-Eat Season Begin
Earl Ofari Hutchinson / AlterNet:
What Will Obama Do When There's No Hillary Firewall?
 Earlier Items: 
The Other Side of Kim du Toit:
Why Bother  —  The non-lawyer half of the InstaCouple says this:
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
Lynn Sweet:
Rahm Emanuel for Vice President. …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Crisis of Faith  —  A decade ago, during the last global …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
We Shall Be Overcome  —  Consider these reports from Obama rallies:
Associated Press:
Nicaraguan leader calls Obama's campaign ‘revolutionary’

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