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8:10 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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama and Edwards Meet in NC
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 …
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 …
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.
Barry Moody / Reuters:
Unpopular at home, Bush basks in African praise  —  DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Unpopular at home and in much of the world during the last year of his presidency, George W. Bush is basking in rare adulation on his African tour.  —  Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete poured praise on Bush …
Discussion: Don Surber and Blogs For Victory
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
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: Riehl World View and James Fallows
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-?? …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   In a Vote By Numbers World, Who Rules?
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 …
Associated Press:
Car bomb kills 35 Afghan civilians  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 35 civilians at a busy market in southern Afghanistan, a police official said.  —  At least 28 people were wounded in the attack in Spin Boldak …
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Northern Rock Takeover Marks Risky Bet for U.K.  —  Surprise Move Reveals Global Crisis' Depth; Holders Decry Action  —  LONDON — The U.K. government has decided to take full control of troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock PLC, in a surprise move that reflects the depth of the global credit crisis …
Discussion: European Tribune
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Poverty Is Poison  —  “Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain.”  That was the opening of an article in Saturday's Financial Times, summarizing research presented last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  —  As the article explained, neuroscientists have found that …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
CIA's ambitious post-9/11 spy plan crumbles
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
What would JFK do?  —  IN 1963, John F. Kennedy was murdered …
Discussion: Commentary and Babalu Blog
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Candidates on Message  —  MUNICH — Karl Wendl, an Austrian journalist …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Official Defends Rough CIA Interrogations
Discussion: Norwegianity
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Kurtz does Tweety
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Ruckus
China concerned by U.S. satellite missile plan
Robin Koerner / The Moderate Voice:
Obama - Savior Superstar
Discussion: The Ruckus
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
The Olympic Games and the U.S. Elections: Bad Timing for Beijing
 Earlier Items: 
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The Bush Doctrine as Neo-Realism
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Ohio Town's Democrats See ‘Hope’ Differently
Richard Kerbaj / The Australian:
Hardline imams sought to fight terror
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan
Dallas Morning News:
Philip Giraldi: What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Next Senate Majority Leader
Discussion: QandO and The Seminal
Mesh / Harvard:
Arabs for Obama?  —  From Tamara Cofman Wittes
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Dems Accuse Bush Administration of Politicized Fear-Mongering on FISA