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2:05 PM ET, February 15, 2008

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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.
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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.
Michelle Malkin:   Music video: Superdelegate (It's Not Easy)
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
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chris Matthews' Next Apology Coming In 5, 4, 3, 2 ....  Chris Matthews has spent the primary cycle alternately opining and apologizing for his remarks about Hillary Clinton.  It looks like he may have either tired of the cycle, or wants another round of YouTubed capitulation to make the blogospheric rounds.
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?
Discussion: Attytood, Liberal Values and Media Blog
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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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
About That Experience...  Hillary Clinton has tried to sell herself …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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 …
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
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Rep. Lewis: Report of delegate switch to Obama ‘not accurate’  —  A story in Friday New York Times that said U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was going to back Barack Obama for president is inaccurate, a spokeswoman for the former civil rights leader told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: CAMPAIGNS VS. PRESIDENTS
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!
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:
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Putin vs. Clinton  —  When Hillary Clinton said, way back in New Hampshire, that Vladimir Putin “doesn't have a soul,” I figured that would be the sort of thing the Russian wouldn't be pleased about.  But when I called the foreign ministry the next day for comment, it was Orthodox Christmas, and I let it slide.
Discussion: GINA COBB
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Associated Press:
At a valedictory press conference, Putin flirts as he asserts Russia's might
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
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John McCain / CNN:
Sources: Former President Bush to endorse McCain
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and 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.
 
 
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