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6:45 PM ET, February 18, 2008


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Is This Really Plagiarism?  No  —  The New York Times makes a big deal about some similarities between elements in Barack Obama's speech and similar constructs in speeches given earlier by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2006.  While the wording appears too close for coincidence …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama says he should have credited Patrick  —  NILES, Ohio - Sen. Barack Obama said today that he should have given credit to his friend, Deval Patrick, when he used language very similar to some previously spoken by the Massachusetts governor in 2006.  —  “I was on the stump, and, you know …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Campaign Can't Say It Never “Borrowed” Anyone Else's Rhetoric  —  It turns out that after raising the issue of Senator Barack Obama “borrowing” someone else's campaign rhetoric, the Clinton campaign reportedly not only says it can't guarantee that it never did the same thing …
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.
Dan Balz / The Trail:
What's the Matter with Wisconsin
Discussion: The New Republic
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Obama and Duval Patrick's Shared Language: Issue or Not?
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama, Clinton camps point to ‘borrowed rhetoric’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Ruckus
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
‘I Have a Dream’ Becomes Obama's ‘I Have a Con’
Frank James / The Swamp:
Did Obama plagiarize? Clinton team says yes
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton And Obama Campaigns Accuse Each Other Of “Borrowing” Rhetoric
Discussion: CNN
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Obama ‘Steals’ from King and Jefferson
Discussion: The Caucus
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Campaign: Obama Plagiarized Speech From Supporter
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Obama says borrowed lines not a big deal
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Ross Douthat:
The Wrong War  —  Ryan Lizza does a fine job of sketching …
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: Middle Earth Journal
Daniel Gilgoff / USA Today:
Why the Religious Right is stuck with McCain
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: The Agonist
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Will A President Obama Do Anything On Health Care?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Open Left
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
The Right Strengthens its Hold on McCain, the Media Refuse to Notice  —  What is it going to take for the media to snap out of its starry-eyed — stuck in 2000 — view of John McCain?  —  Despite an avalanche of evidence showing that McCain the Maverick has long ago been replaced by McCain …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:   ON THE BUS  —  Can John McCain reinvent Republicanism?
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.”
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.
Little Green Footballs:
Hizballah = Nazis  —  A photo that says everything about the Lebanese terror gang Hizballah, as they pay tribute to dead mass murderer Imad Mughniyeh with a straight-armed Nazi salute.  The Associated Press caption, of course, takes no notice of it.
Discussion: Solomonia
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Discussion: Ezra Levant and Hot Air
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Discussion: Don Surber and The Swamp
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Discussion: Harry's Place
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