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7:20 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 …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama and Edwards Meet in NC  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Barack Obama sneaked down to North Carolina Sunday and met with former rival John Edwards, who has yet to make an endorsement in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Officials at North Carolina television station WTVD …
Discussion: MyDD and Truthdig
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama and Edwards Meet
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Flies to N.C. to Meet With John Edwards
Discussion: MSNBC 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 …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Democrats Should Read Kipling  —  Browsing through a used-book store Friday — in the Milwaukee airport, of all places — I came across a 1981 paperback collection of George Orwell's essays.  That's how I happened to reread his 1942 essay on Rudyard Kipling.
Discussion: James Fallows and Riehl World View
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.
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.
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-?? …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   In a Vote By Numbers World, Who Rules?
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
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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 …
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 …
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
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Candidates on Message  —  MUNICH — Karl Wendl, an Austrian journalist and author and my neighbor at this Bavarian capital's annual conference on global security, gets a lot of fun out of the American election campaign for a mere $30 plus online charges.  —  Wendl is cranking up his BlackBerry …
 
 
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No, He Can't Because Yes, They Will  —  Obama's mantra, “Yes …
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Mesh / Harvard:
Arabs for Obama?  —  From Tamara Cofman Wittes
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Unforgivable Behavior, Inadmissible Evidence