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9:55 PM ET, February 18, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton aide accuses Obama of plagiarism  —  Howard Wolfson, the Clinton campaign's communications director, today accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of committing “plagiarism” in a speech in Milwaukee on Saturday night.  —  Wolfson made the explosive charge in an interview with Politico …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
An Obama Refrain Bears Echoes of a Governor's Speeches  —  CHICAGO — Senator Barack Obama adapted one of his signature arguments — that his oratory amounts to more than inspiring words — from speeches given by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts during his 2006 campaign.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
The Clinton Campaign Just Now...  In a conference call just now the Clinton campaign would not guarantee that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, has never used someone else's rhetoric without crediting them.  —  I asked Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson and Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
IT'S ALL ABOUT AUTHENTICITY  —  By now, you've probably heard of the new attack line from the Hillary campaign, accusing Obama of plagiarism because an ad-libbed portion of his stump speech mimicked the language and rhythm of a two-year-old speech by his friend and supporter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Former Clinton Speechwriter Weighs In On Plagiarism-Gate  —  We asked former Bill Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet if today's plagiarism accusations against Barack Obama were justified.  In his mind, was what Obama did acceptable, or a violation of speechmaking ethics?  Here are his thoughts ...
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Campaign Can't Say It Never “Borrowed” Anyone Else's Rhetoric
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Barack Obama - Deval Patrick Thread II
Discussion: The Caucus and Wonkette
Dan Balz / The Trail:
What's the Matter with Wisconsin
Discussion: The New Republic
Tom Watson / My Dirty Life & Times:
Barack Oboomer  —  In the movies, the best leading men have always …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Texas poll shows dead heat among Dems  —  CNN deputy political director  —  (CNN) — It's all tied up in Texas.  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll suggests the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Pride in the name of self-love  —  MILWAUKEE — So what did Michelle Obama think of the United States before her husband decided he wanted to run the place?  —  “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”
Bryan / Hot Air:
Michelle Obama hasn't been proud of America in at least 26 years?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
She Said What?  —  Michelle Obama today said that …
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who's calling who a second-class delegate?  —  A co-chairman of Hillary's Michigan campaign and has a line that's sure to drive a whole bunch of red state governors up the wall:  —  “Superdelegates are not second-class delegates,” says Joel Ferguson, who will be a superdelegate if Michigan is seated.
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida 2008 Presidential Election  —  Florida: McCain Leads Clinton and Has Bigger Lead Over Obama  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Florida shows John McCain holding a six-percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton and an even larger lead—sixteen percentage points—over Barack Obama.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What The DNC FL Fiasco Can Cost Us: FL In The GE  —  Thanks Howard.  Thanks Donna.  Way to go: … The DNC is an incompetent organization looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Discussion: Norwegianity
Mike Lux / Open Left:
Jim Cooper Scares Me  —  I have been beating up on the Clinton campaign pretty hard lately because I haven't been crazy about the kind of campaign they have been running.  And I will admit that my heart has been won by the enthusiasm of all those young and passionate Obama supporters.
Paul Krugman:
Bad health care omens
Admiral: Al Qaeda in Iraq ‘killing off’ former allies  —  BALAD, Iraq (CNN) — Video provided to CNN shows an al Qaeda in Iraq firing squad executing one-time allies — fellow Sunni extremists — who were not loyal enough to the terror organization, coalition military analysts said.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Polls: Obama Holds Small Edge In Wisconsin  —  Tomorrow is the big primary in Wisconsin, which could either give Barack Obama another consecutive win or be the site of Hillary Clinton's surprise comeback.  It's also the last primary until March 4, when the big states of Ohio and Texas will vote …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary : Wausau Today, Madison Tonight
Discussion: JSOnline and
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Nearly-naked hotties for Ron Paul!  Really!  —  You better hurry because the last batch of Ron Paul pinup calendars is going quickly.  Which pleases Juliet Annerino no end because she sank a sizable chunk of her own change into printing up hundreds of these calendars to help fund the campaign of her favorite politician.
Michael Weiss / Pajamas Media:
IN FOCUS: THE END OF THE OBAMA HONEYMOON?  —  Barack Obama has glided along from long-shot to heir apparent with nary a scratch on him, writes Michael Weiss.  All that is likely to change if and when he's the Democratic nominee.  Here are five random Obama follies to watch out for.
Discussion: Commentary and INSTAPUTZ
Whistle-blower site taken offline  —  A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.  —, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.
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