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10:45 PM ET, February 16, 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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
White House:
President's Radio Address
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama's Appeal (The Secret Thereof)  —  Allow me to expand on my notion that Obama is the Mirror of Desire (Mirror of Erised to you Harry Potter fans out there) in which people see what they most want to see.  —  Obama's basic message is that he is a smart and reasonable guy who will reach …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Zeeshan Haider / Reuters:
Bomb kills 37 on last day of Pakistan vote campaign  —  ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb outside a Pakistani election candidate's office killed 37 people in the violent northwest on Saturday, the last day of campaigning for an election meant to complete a transition to civilian rule.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and The Seminal
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Obama and Guns  —  A day after the tragic shootings at NIU …
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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
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Phoenix Police to Check Arrestees' Immigrant Status
Clif / Sadly, No!:
It's Easy To Be Brave From A Distance
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Arcane Market Is Next to Face Big Credit Test
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Whatever happened to those benchmarks?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Independents May Play Key Role in Rhode Island
Discussion: CBS News and Associated Press
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
By Making Holocaust Personal to Pupils, Sarkozy Stirs Anger
David Johnston / New York Times:
U.S. Struggles to Tutor Iraqis in Rule of Law
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Welcome Home Donna Edwards!
Discussion: Open Left and Crooks and Liars
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
McCain Got Loan by Pledging to Seek Federal Funds
Associated Press:
Danish lawmakers refuse to apologize, cancel trip to Iran
Associated Press:
Is McCain's Sharp Tongue Achilles Heel?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Steven Emerson / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
Wolf to Georgetown: Detail Use of Saudi Millions
Discussion: Jihad Watch