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7:10 PM ET, February 17, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama visits Edwards  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) paid a secret visit to his former rival, John Edwards, in quest of his endorsement on Sunday.  —  The meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Edwards lives, is the latest effort by Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to win …
Discussion: The Swamp
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Obama and Edwards Sit Down in North Carolina  —  ABC News' David Wright and Sunlen Miller Report: Mother Nature may have called a cease-fire in the snows of Wisconsin, but Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., appears to have put the time to good use.  —  A helicopter cameraman for ABC's Raleigh-Durham …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Flies to N.C. to Meet With John Edwards  —  They hugged as Obama left John Edwards' home after their sit-down today.  Elizabeth was at the meeting too.  —  More tea-leaf reading anyone?  Will Edwards wait until after March 4 and Ohio and Texas to announce his endorsement or will he give …
Discussion: MSNBC and The Ruckus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Clinton Wants A Wisconsin Debate As Obama Adds The Beef
Discussion: New York Times and ABCNEWS
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton hits Obama on funds  —  Clinton campaign officials said Sunday that heading into the climactic primaries on March 4, they will try to make a major issue of Sen. Barack Obama's refusal to commit to spending limits in a general election.  —  “That's not change you can believe in,” …
Discussion: The Swamp and
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Hillary Clinton Not Conceding Wisconsin  —  Saw this headline over at Huffington Post this morning: … But I noticed that the article it pointed to was written on Friday, prior to the article Jonathan linked to yesterday reporting on her “scaling back” her Wisconsin schedule.  So which is it?
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Expectations Game: Point To Clinton's Wolfson
Discussion: The Ruckus and All Politics
Craig Gilbert / All Politics:   Still dueling over debates
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Dems Accuse Bush Administration of Politicized Fear-Mongering on FISA  —  It is worth observing that the Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, was the Director of President Clinton's National Security Agency from 1992-'96.  He is not a partisan hack.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Sundries Shack
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: DNI Mike McConnell on ‘FNS’  —  WASHINGTON — The following is a partial transcript of the Feb. 17, 2008, edition of “FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace”:  —  “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” HOST CHRIS WALLACE: A law which gives President Bush powers to monitor communications among terrorism suspects expired at midnight.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Kosovo Declares Its Independence From Serbia  —  PRISTINA, Kosovo — The former Serbian province of Kosovo declared independence on Sunday, sending tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians swarming through the streets to celebrate what they hoped was the end of a long and bloody struggle for national self-determination.
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Questions For John McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Foreign policy has slipped to the periphery of presidential politics, displaced by a nonexistent recession as the voters' preoccupation.  Come autumn, however, Iraq and Iran might be central subjects, Iraq as a bigger problem for the Democratic nominee …
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliGazette
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Fun and Excitement of Civilization Wars (fought from afar)  —  In response to my post on Friday pointing out that nobody outside of the handful of Muslim-obsessed faux-warriors is moved any longer by the Government's endless exploitation of Terrorism to secure more and more unchecked power, National Review's Mark Steyn said:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton keeps up health care attack  —  This mailer, provided by the Obama campaign, is the latest salvo from Hillary on health care.  It also includes a quote from Paul Krugman accusing Obama of “unscrupulous demagoguery” on the issue.  Obama has a conference call shortly …
Pajamas Media:
“That Root,” “youths,” and why Reuters is a disgrace  —  In “Portrait of an Age,” G. M. Young's classic overview of early Victorian England, there are a few melancholy pages devoted to the devastating Irish potato famine of the mid 1840s.  Young notes in an aside that Sir Robert Peel …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and The Corner
Danish youths riot for 7th night, several arrested
Discussion: A Blog For All and Silent Running
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Iraq is McCain's Winning Issue  —  Ever wonder why John “Let's stay 100 years in Iraq!”  McCain is doing so well with anti-war primary voters?  Maybe it has to do with bobbleheaded discussions like this one on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, where the round table panel thinks that Iraq is a winning issue for McCain.
Susan Jacoby / Washington Post:
The Dumbing Of America  —  Call Me a Snob, but Really, We're a Nation of Dunces  —  “The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson offered that observation in 1837, but his words echo with painful prescience in today's very different United States.
Matthew Yglesias:
Lessons Learned  —  Spencer Ackerman travels the world, assembling apropos anecdotes.  For example, when he was in Mosul he saw a Provincial Reconstruction Team helping to oversee a terrorism trial and teach the Iraqis a thing or two about the rule of law: … Let freedom ring.
Discussion: Eschaton and toohotfortnr
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Unforgivable Behavior, Inadmissible Evidence
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Matt / Think Progress:
New McCain Rips Old McCain's Argument That Bush Tax Cuts Benefit The ‘Wealthy’
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
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