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12:30 AM ET, February 17, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Right slams Obama as ‘shady Chicago socialist’  —  Republicans are out to crush Barack by painting him as a leftwinger with dubious support  —  LEADING Republicans believe they can trounce Barack Obama in the presidential election by tarring him as a shady Chicago socialist.
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.
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 …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton camp begins 11th hour effort
Discussion: Donklephant and Don Surber
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Voting Malfunctions: Obama Votes in Harlem Not Counted
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: Historians for Hillary  —  Sean Wilentz and Julian E. Zelizer, who teach US political history at Princeton University, do not actually endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in their Sunday WaPo op-ed, “A Rotten Way to Pick a President.”  But their complaints about …
Washington Post:
A Rotten Way to Pick a President
Discussion: SFGate
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Where is Obama on Gun Rights?  —  Not surprisingly, here, there and everywhere.  —  He believes (as do I) that the Second Amendment conveys an individual right to bear arms.  But, he supports reasonable regulations on those rights.  So where does reasonable regulation end and infringement on an individual's rights begin?
Discussion: Political Radar
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Smiling McCain, Learning to Rein Himself In  —  WASHINGTON — So this is what it looks like when the maverick becomes The Man.  —  Senator John McCain was sitting in the front of his fancy-pants front-runner's plane, trying to get comfortable.  He fidgeted, occasionally lapsing …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Page
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 …
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.
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
This is sexist? Really? For real?
Discussion: Oliver Willis, TalkLeft and The Ruckus
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
Clif / Sadly, No!:
It's Easy To Be Brave From A Distance  —  From the safety of the Home of Economy store he manages in North Dakota, Pajamas Media blogger Rob Port takes the students of Northern Illinois to task for not throwing their laptops at the gunman in the recent shooting tragedy there:
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Feminists For Clinton  —  A very well written letter from a group …
Paul Rogers / Mercury News:
Bill would require California's science curriculum to cover climate change
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Obama's Appeal (The Secret Thereof)
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Phoenix Police to Check Arrestees' Immigrant Status
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Bomb kills 37 on last day of Pakistan vote campaign
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Danish lawmakers refuse to apologize, cancel trip to Iran
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