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5:20 AM ET, February 18, 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
Discussion: CBS News
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Now Obama Also Visits John Edwards To Seek His Support For 2008 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama and Edwards Meet
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Flies to N.C. to Meet With John Edwards
Discussion: MSNBC and The Ruckus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton hits Obama on funds
Discussion: Bang the Drum and The Swamp
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?
Steve Gutterman / Associated Press:
Russia denounces Kosovo declaration  —  MOSCOW - Russia denounced Kosovo's independence declaration Sunday, warning that the move threatened to ignite a new conflict in the Balkans and calling on NATO and U.N. officials in the territory to nix the decision.  —  Russia requested a meeting …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
For McCain, a Choice on a Role for Bush  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain's campaign advisers will ask the White House to deploy President Bush for major Republican fund-raising, but they do not want the president to appear too often at his side, top aides to Mr. McCain said Sunday.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Tanzania Welcomes Bush, but Obama Is Topic No. 1 on the Streets  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — President Bush has been smothered with affection here, never more so than on Sunday, when he sat at a wooden desk under a sweltering sun with President Jakaya Kikwete by his side and signed a $698 million grant of foreign aid to Tanzania.
David Brown / Washington Post:
USDA Orders Largest Meat Recall in U.S. History  —  The Agriculture Department has ordered the largest meat recall in its history — 143 million pounds of beef, a California meatpacker's entire production for the past two years — because the company did not prevent ailing animals from entering …
Discussion: American Street
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton would seek to try 9/11 plotters in established courts  —  If elected president, Hillary Clinton would ask the Justice Department to determine if alleged 9/11 plotters currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be tried in civilian courts or regular military courts rather …
William Yardley / New York Times:
In Washington State Vote, Relevance Is an Issue  —  SEATTLE — As many as 1.5 million votes are projected to be cast in Washington State's presidential primary on Tuesday.  The question is whether they will count.  —  The state is obliged to tally the numbers, of course …
Michael Silverstein / The Moderate Voice:
Poetic Political Commetary: Election (Under) Coverage  —  If you try really hard and know where to look, you can find the major presidential candidates' positions on important issues.  But you sure won't learn these things from what passes in this country for prime time election coverage...
Discussion: The Ruckus
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Kurtz does Tweety  —  Howard Kurtz wrote a piece about Chris Matthews this week because of his bizarre anti-Hillary election coverage that has enraged most progressives that included a recap of events and quotes from Matthews, his guests and producers that are pro and con. It's the usual profile …
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Ruckus
Karl / protein wisdom:
The Bush Doctrine as Neo-Realism  —  The New York Times starts a series “examining the lives of youth across the Muslim world at a time of religious revival” in Egypt: … Ahmed Muhammad Sayyid, used as the NYT's anecdotal window into this larger picture, is also used to show the ultimate risk of this dynamic to US national security:
Dallas Morning News:
Philip Giraldi: What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation  —  Why is her story being covered up?  —  Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will.  —  The former FBI translator turned whistle-blower tells …
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Official Defends Rough CIA Interrogations
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William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
The Olympic Games and the U.S. Elections: Bad Timing for Beijing
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Ohio Town's Democrats See ‘Hope’ Differently
Larry C. Johnson / The Huffington Post:
No, He Can't Because Yes, They Will  —  Obama's mantra, “Yes …
Richard Kerbaj / The Australian:
Hardline imams sought to fight terror
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan
 Earlier Items: 
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
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Discussion: QandO and The Seminal
Mesh / Harvard:
Arabs for Obama?  —  From Tamara Cofman Wittes
Matthew Yglesias:
Lessons Learned  —  Spencer Ackerman travels the world, assembling apropos anecdotes.
Discussion: Eschaton and toohotfortnr
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Dems Accuse Bush Administration of Politicized Fear-Mongering on FISA
Morris Davis / New York Times:
Unforgivable Behavior, Inadmissible Evidence
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
New sharia row over Chancellor's plans for ‘Islamic bonds’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool