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9:10 AM ET, February 18, 2008

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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
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama and Edwards Meet
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.
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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.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Break The Public Financing Pledge Now Sen. Obama
Discussion: CBS News
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
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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
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.
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.
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
Michael J. Totten:
The Dungeon of Fallujah  —  “This is not Norway here, and it is not Denmark.”  - Lebanese Forces militia leader Bashir Gemayel.  —  FALLUJAH - Next to the Joint Communications Center in downtown Fallujah is a squalid and war-shattered warehouse for human beings.  Most detainees are common criminals.
Discussion: Silent Running
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 …
 
 
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Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Barack's Rock  —  She's the one who keeps him real …
Discussion: The Caucus
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
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Kurtz does Tweety
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Ruckus
Reuters:
China concerned by U.S. satellite missile plan
 Earlier Items: 
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
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton would seek to try 9/11 plotters in established courts
Karl / protein wisdom:
The Bush Doctrine as Neo-Realism
Steve Gutterman / Associated Press:
Russia denounces Kosovo declaration
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
RNC donor event outlines Obama attack plan
Taylor Marsh:
Count WHOSE Vote?
Dallas Morning News:
Philip Giraldi: What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation