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9:10 PM ET, February 16, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on polling conducted Feb. 13-15, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For several days, nationwide Democratic voters' preferences have been shifting toward Barack Obama in Gallup Poll Daily election tracking.  Now, the Illinois senator enjoys …
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You Decide 08!:
TOP CLINTON ADVISER SAYS SUPERDELEGATES WILL DECIDE ELECTION, OBAMA'S VICTORIES ‘IRRELEVANT’  —  A top Hillary Clinton adviser on Saturday boldly predicted his candidate would lock down the nomination before the August convention by definitively winning over party insiders and officials known …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON CAMP: ALL THE WAY TO CONVENTION  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones and NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  The Clinton campaign held a conference call, led by Harold Ickes, a top aide, to discuss the superdelegates issue and expectations for the upcoming contests.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Gallup Poll: Obama Opens “First Statistically Significant Lead” Against Clinton  —  A new Gallup poll shows Illinois Senator Barack Obama widening his national lead against Senator Hillary Clinton in their increasingly heated battle for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination …
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Florida, Michigan Delegates Shouldn't Decide Race, Pelosi Says
Discussion: The RBC and Open Left
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote  —  Black voters are heavily represented in the 94th Election District in Harlem's 70th Assembly District.  Yet according to the unofficial results from the New York Democratic primary last week, not a single vote in the district was cast for Senator Barack Obama.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Voting Malfunctions: Obama Votes in Harlem Not Counted
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
These Kinds Of Sexist Remarks Are Not What I Am Looking For … In a campaign marked by news coverage unrelenting in its sexism and misogyny, especially from NBC, the last thing we can afford is sexism from the frontrunning candidate.  Barack Obama needs to apologize for this remark.
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T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
This is sexist? Really? For real?
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Ruckus
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Al Gore to the Rescue?  —  Stumper's Take: He foresaw global warming.  He “took the initiative” on the Internet.  And he knew exactly how Iraq would turn out.  Who's to say that Al Gore hasn't known all along that the Democratic race would descend into some weird state of gridlock …
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton camp begins 11th hour effort  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has begun an eleventh hour effort to implore Democrats to support her by framing her as the strongest general election candidate the party could put forth.  In a memo and conference calls this week with reporters …
Discussion: Donklephant and Don Surber
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama as the Next McGovern?  —  The TimesOnline says the right wing is set to attack Barack Obama s the ultimate “liberal socialist” in the mold of George McGovern. … Sample attack: … More...  I was struck earlier by Obama's statement that the solution to the Florida primary election is to hold caucuses.
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Right slams Obama as ‘shady Chicago socialist’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Ruckus
White House:
Myth/Fact: Five Myths About the House's Failure to Give Our Intelligence Professionals the Tools They Need to Monitor Terrorists Effectively  —  House Leadership's Decision To Block A Vote On A Bipartisan Senate Solution Will Create Unacceptable Risks To Our National Security
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White House:
President's Radio Address
Discussion: Think Progress
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
Study Says Payday Lenders More Prevalent In Areas Of High Christian Conservative Power  —  A law professor and associate professor of geography set out to create the most comprehensive map of U.S. payday lenders to date.  What they found, to their surprise, was “a surprising relationship between populations …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
F.B.I. Received Unauthorized E-Mail Access  —  WASHINGTON — A technical glitch gave the F.B.I. access to the e-mail messages from an entire computer network — perhaps hundreds of accounts or more — instead of simply the lone e-mail address that was approved by a secret intelligence court …
Houston Chronicle:
For Obama: The Chronicle endorses the senator from Illinois for the Democratic presidential nomination  —  The presidency of the United States is a powerful bully pulpit.  The occupant of the White House must not only issue orders, but also inspire and advocate for all Americans.
Discussion: The Reaction and Liberal Values
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Margaret Carlson's Anti Hillary Email  —  Nice email, huh?  A reader sent it to me.  Really exposes the arrogance of Bloomberg News's Margaret Carlson, doesn't it?  Op-ed columnists, however, can say whatever they want, but they should not split hairs about the true motives behind their agenda …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Washington Post:
A Rotten Way to Pick a President  —  Something is seriously wrong with the way we pick our presidential candidates.  But experts and pundits, caught up in the horse races, have been slow to point out the obvious — or have come to accept our badly flawed system as immutable fact.
Discussion: protein wisdom and SFGate
 
 
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