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9:35 AM ET, February 16, 2008

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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.
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bill Clinton On Sharp Attack Against Obama Again  —  The upcoming primaries in Ohio and Texas are widely-considered as critical for Senator Hillary Clinton to regain momentum against Senator Barack Obama.  So, just as he surfaced after his wife lost Iowa and began a series of controversial personal attacks …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Another Unfounded Media Attack on Bill Clinton  —  Friday night, every cable news show I watched, mostly on MSNBC, took former President Bill Clinton to task for reverting to attacks on Barack Obama, much like he did before the South Carolina primary.  —  Now comes the Dallas Morning News, with just the opposite story.
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Bruce Tomaso / Dallas Morning News:
Bill Clinton avoids attacks on Obama in East Texas  —  btomaso@dallasnews.com  —  TYLER - On a campaign swing through East Texas on Friday, Bill Clinton said over and over that he has nothing against Barack Obama.  —  “I'm not against anybody,” he told an overflow crowd in the student center at Tyler Junior College.
Discussion: The Page, Donklephant and The Ruckus
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama not counting Clinton out
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
McCain Calls for Obama to Use Public Financing  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. — Hammering Senator Barack Obama for a fourth straight day, Senator John McCain said here on Friday that he expects Senator Obama to abide by his pledge use public financing for his general election if Mr. McCain does so as well.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama would seek McCain deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain to hammer Obama on financing
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Democrats Look to Avoid Convention Rift  —  Some senior Democrats plan to remain neutral for now in the presidential race in part to keep open the option to broker a peaceful resolution to a tight contest.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
It's Not You, It's Me  —  LETTER FROM A YOUNG, HIP, CYNICAL FORMER OBAMAMANIAC.  —  Dear Barack:  —  I know it's kind of lame to break up with you on Valentine's Day.  And on the Internet to boot.  But it's also kind of ironic.  And that's what I need to tell you.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Magical Democrat  —  Enchanted by Obama.  —  To understand Barack Obama's campaign, it's instructive to look back at the last contender to enrapture the left's grassroots, Howard Dean.  In a December 2003 report, the New York Times Magazine explored the personal dimension of the Dean-mania sweeping the Democratic party.
Discussion: Power Line
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Death by Car Bomb in Damascus  —  A founding father of Islamic terrorism gets his just deserts.  —  Late Tuesday night in Damascus, Imad Mugniyah, senior terrorist of Hezbollah, was killed in a car bomb explosion.  It was a fitting death for a founding father of Islamic terrorism, a man who himself had built many bombs.
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Government Accountability Chief Resigns  —  One of government's chief internal watchdogs resigned yesterday, as Comptroller General David M. Walker, an outspoken gadfly and frequent witness on Capitol Hill, announced his plans to lead a new foundation focused on U.S. fiscal responsibility.
Discussion: The Reaction
Chris Hawes / WFAA-TV:
80-year-old John Wayne fan puts attacker in hospital  —  Immediate justice  —  Investigators say they were definitely going to rob him - possibly even kill him.  —  But an 80-year-old North Texan wasn't about to let that happen, so he took action.  —  One of the suspects is in the hospital and both are facing charges.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
McCain Overstates His Criticisms Of Rumsfeld  —  As he gets closer to the Republican nomination, Sen. John McCain has been trying to balance his unqualified support for the Iraq war by reminding audiences that he was also a tough critic of how it was managed until President Bush finally changed strategies a year ago.
Kyle-Anne Shiver / American Thinker:
Berkeley at the First Amendment Brink  —  As a Southerner, I have watched the Berkeley vs. U.S. Marines brouhaha with a very keen interest.  I'm not all that sure those people in Berkeley know what can happen to people who decide to mess around with the United States government.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
1,000 Words: Supporting the Troop, Lefty Style
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Bush Says Congress Putting US in Danger  —  WASHINGTON — With a government eavesdropping law about to expire, Washington is awash in accusations over who's to blame.  President Bush said Friday that “our country is in more danger of an attack” because of Congress' failure to adopt a Senate bill …
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Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Texas Dilemna
Discussion: The Trail
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Citation Count Rankings and the Presidential Campaign
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An education gap among white voters
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why Did Clinton Not Fight For Florida And Michigan In 2007?
Discussion: The Ruckus
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
No Recession  —  A number of economists on and off Wall Street …
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘God Bless America’: George W. Bush Will Soon ‘Walk on Our Soil’
Discussion: WORLDMEETS.US