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10:15 AM ET, February 18, 2008

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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.
Reid Wilson / RealClearPolitics:
Obama's No-Win On Financing  —  A year ago, at the beginning of his bid to secure the clean-up-Washington mantle, Barack Obama made a pact with John McCain that, if the two were to be their party's nominees, each would accept public financing for the general election.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama's Corner On Public Financing  —  Barack Obama has made a historic presidential run this cycle primarily on the basis of changing the political culture in Washington.  His unbelievable success has ironically set a trap for a potential general-election run.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
System Worries Clinton Backers  —  Supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are worried that convoluted delegate rules in Texas could water down the impact of strong support for her among Hispanic voters there, creating a new obstacle for her in the must-win presidential primary contest.
Big Head DC:
Obama Caught Plagiarizing 2006 Speech?  —  Big Head DC has discovered alarming similarities between a speech made by Sen. Barack Obama on February 16 while campaigning for president in Wisconsin and an October 2006 speech made by Deval Patrick, the current Democratic governor of Massachusetts.
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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
How Evangelical Leaders Blew It  —  Dan Gilgoff does a post-mortem on how the evangelical movement managed to allow John McCain to win the Republican Party nomination over two candidates more amenable to their cause.  Gilgoff focuses on their failure to back Romney, and makes it plain …
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Why Torts Trumped Terrorism  —  A closed-door caucus of House Democrats last Wednesday took a risky political course.  By 4 to 1, they instructed Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call President Bush's bluff on extending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to continue eavesdropping on suspected foreign terrorists.
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: Norwegianity and American Street
CNN:
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER  —  Interview With Bobby Jindal  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, HOST: It's 11 a.m. in Washington, 10 a.m. here New Orleans, 7 p.m. in Baghdad.
Discussion: Firedoglake, NO QUARTER and First Draft
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Facing Delicate Choice: 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.
Discussion: MSNBC, TIME and Oliver Willis
Los Angeles Times:
Political surge in Iraq  —  For the first time, there's a glimmer of hope we can fix what we've broken.  But leave we must  —  It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ari Kaufman / American Thinker:
America's Three Worst Presidents  —  Presidents Day has taken a deep back seat these days on our holiday calendar to the point that not only do schools go on as scheduled, but so do many state and government offices.  This is not surprising in 2008, and many revel in it.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton's Ties To Texas Run Long and Deep
David Barboza / New York Times:
Smugglers Return iPhones to China
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
It's All Uphill From Here  —  It was 15 degrees outside …
Discussion: Commentary and Romenesko
Michael J. Totten:
The Dungeon of Fallujah
Discussion: Silent Running
Associated Press:
Car bomb kills 35 Afghan civilians
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Poverty Is Poison  —  “Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain.”
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
CIA's ambitious post-9/11 spy plan crumbles
Wall Street Journal:
Northern Rock Takeover Marks Risky Bet for U.K.
Discussion: European Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
What would JFK do?  —  IN 1963, John F. Kennedy was murdered …
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Candidates on Message  —  MUNICH — Karl Wendl, an Austrian journalist …
William Yardley / New York Times:
In Washington State Vote, Relevance Is an Issue
Michael Silverstein / The Moderate Voice:
Poetic Political Commetary: Election (Under) Coverage
Discussion: The Ruckus
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Kurtz does Tweety
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Ruckus
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton would seek to try 9/11 plotters in established courts
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan
Taylor Marsh:
Count WHOSE Vote?