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10:50 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 …
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Break The Public Financing Pledge Now Sen. Obama  —  Unlike most good government types, I believe that until there is full public financing of political campaigns, the Democratic Party should NEVER give away an advantage when it has one.  This year the Democratic nominee is almost certain …
Discussion: CBS News
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton hits Obama on funds
Discussion: The Swamp and
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Expectations Game: Point To Clinton's Wolfson
Discussion: All Politics and The Ruckus
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
BILL SPARS WITH OBAMA SUPPORTER  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  CANTON, OH — Robert Holeman came to Timken High School here today with a message to deliver to Bill Clinton.  He did — and he said the former president wasn't happy about it.  —  Clinton spoke to a capacity crowd …
Taylor Marsh:
Count WHOSE Vote?  —  Based on exit polls, among the approximately 16.3 million people who identified themselves as Democrats, over 678,000 more voted for Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama.  If we-??re going to -??let the people decide" who the Democratic nominee would be, shouldn-?? …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
In a Vote By Numbers World, Who Rules?  —  Paul Lukasiak, guest-blogging at Taylor Marsh's blog, crunches the numbers of votes cast so far in the Democratic presidential race.  Why?  Barack Obama is arguing that super-delegates should comply with the “will of the people.”  —  Mr. Lukasiak's premise:
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’
Discussion: Hot Air and
Richard Kerbaj / The Australian:
Hardline imams sought to fight terror  —  HARDLINE Muslim spiritual leaders who preach the fundamentalist Salafi brand of Islam espoused by Osama bin Laden have become the latest recruits in combating global terrorism.  —  Australian security agencies have been urged by former Scotland Yard …
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan  —  Focusing on Barack Obama's “inexperience” and “undisciplined messaging” are two ways to ensure that the senator from Illinois doesn't get to be president, according to honchos at the Republican National Committee.
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.
Mesh / Harvard:
Arabs for Obama?  —  From Tamara Cofman Wittes  —  I'm in Doha for the 5th Annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum—my fourth year at this annual confab (organized by my fine colleagues in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution) that brings together Americans with Muslims …
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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Next Senate Majority Leader  —  There is a rumor going around that Harry Reid will step down as majority leader either at the end of this year to focus on his re-election campaign, or in three years after he retires from the Senate.  While I should emphasize that I have nothing to back up this rumor …
Discussion: QandO and The Seminal
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Adding Detail to His Oratory  —  EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — If he does say so himself, Senator Barack Obama delivers a fine political speech.  —  “Don't be fooled by this talk about speeches versus solutions,” Mr. Obama told a crowd of Wisconsin voters.  “It's true, I give a good speech.  What do I do?
Discussion: Redstate and Matthew Yglesias
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Clinton Wants A Wisconsin Debate As Obama Adds The Beef
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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