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3:21 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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and The Ruckus
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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 …
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 and specifics, the Obama team is beginning to release a little on the economy, taxes, and new entitlements.  But the problem is that Obama himself seems not familiar with the details, and still prefers talking only about hope and change.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
New York Times:
Democrats Look for Way to Avoid Convention Rift  —  Former Vice President Al Gore and a number of other 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 what they fear could be a bitterly divided convention, party officials and aides said Friday.
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Zachary Coile / SFGate:
Pelosi: Don't overrule the voters  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who may be the most super delegate of all as chair of the Democratic national convention in Denver — gave an interview with Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt in which she laid down the law for super delegates:  —  Don't veto the people's choice.
Discussion: Calitics, Truthdig and The Ruckus
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Clyburn: Superdelegates should keep quiet on candidate support
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Slog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama would seek McCain deal  —  Asked about public financing, he tells reporters in Milwaukee, “If I am the nominee, then I will make sure our people talk to John McCain's people to make sure we abide by the same rules.”  —  That's not exactly a promise to reach agreement …
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain to hammer Obama on financing
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air
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.
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: TalkLeft, The Page and Donklephant
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama not counting Clinton out
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and NO QUARTER
Gateway Pundit:
BAGHDAD IS SAVED—Iraqis Celebrate Surge Anniversary!!  —  Today is the one year anniversary of the launch of operation ‘Rule of Law’ or the ‘Surge’ as we know it.  Iraqis are celebrating all over Iraq and especially in Baghdad for this occasion.  Military parades were held in Baghdad …
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Obama Imitates Olmert
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Experts Scoff at Sat Shoot-Down Rationale (Updated)  —  The Pentagon says it has to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite because of the threat of a toxic gas cloud.  Space security experts are calling the rationale highly unlikely.  “Having the US government spend millions of dollars …
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Texas Dilemna  —  The Washington Post lays out the problems for Obama in Texas.  Shorter version: He still suffers from a lack of support in the Hispanic community.  —  It begins with John McCain, who does have Hispanic support in Texas: … On to Hillary: [More...] … Back to Texas:
Discussion: The Trail
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
No Recession  —  A number of economists on and off Wall Street are ringing the recession bell, as they have so many times in recent years.  But the Goldilocks economy has proven to be more durable and resilient than her critics appreciate.  —  Goldilocks dodged two potentially recessionary bullets this week.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Who Is Killing All Of The Great Jihadis Of The Ummah?  —  First Umad Mughniyeh takes the 72-virgin ride with a Bashar Assad Special.  Now Ayman Atallah Fayed gets blasted in the most literal sense of the word.  Both men were high-ranking members of terrorist groups arrayed against Israel.
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Mao offered U.S. 10 million women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.
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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CNBC.com:
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New York Times:
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Chris Hawes / WFAA-TV:
80-year-old John Wayne fan puts attacker in hospital
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
NationalJournal.com:
Transcript: Howard Wolfson On Transparency And The Clinton Campaign
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
Once-reluctant DeLay says he would back McCain as nominee
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
An education gap among white voters
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why Did Clinton Not Fight For Florida And Michigan In 2007?
Discussion: The Ruckus
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
1,000 Words: Supporting the Troop, Lefty Style
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday House Line: Republican Retirements Galore
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘God Bless America’: George W. Bush Will Soon ‘Walk on Our Soil’
Discussion: WORLDMEETS.US
Megan McArdle:
‘Tax Me More Fund’ raises little revenue …
Discussion: Washington Times and EconLog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerrey: Sorry, Florida
Rick Noriega / VetVoice:
Stop Them Before They Start
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
MI/FL: The DNC Changed The Rules
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Primary Send Shivers Through Capitol Moderates