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5:45 PM ET, February 19, 2008


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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton targets pledged delegates  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign intends to go after delegates whom Barack Obama has already won in the caucuses and primaries if she needs them to win the nomination.  —  This strategy was confirmed to me by a high-ranking Clinton official on Monday.
John Baer: How Pa. extension benefited Clinton  —  HERE'S A LITTLE political banana peel.  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign failed to file a full slate of convention delegate candidates for Pennsylvania's April 22 primary.  —  This despite the possibility the primary proves critical …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Clinton Spokesperson Rules Out Pursuit Of Obama's Pledged Delegates  —  Hillary spokesperson Phil Singer is adamantly denying a report this morning in The Politico quoting an anonymous campaign official suggesting that the Clinton campaign will pursue Obama's pledged delegates.  Singer sends me this:
Hilzoy / The Daily Dish:
Pennsylvania Delegates: More Than You Want To Know
Discussion: Eschaton and Hot Air
Atrios / Eschaton:   Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.
Matthew Yglesias:
Delegate Bluster  —  This Clinton campaign scheme to add wooing …
Discussion: Open Left and Daily Kos
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama, Clinton parse meaning of ‘pledged’
Discussion: The Politico and Wonkette
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
Spousal Spat: Cindy McCain responds to Michelle Obama “proud” comments  —  Brookfield, WI — During her introduction of Sen. John McCain at a rally Tuesday, his wife Cindy took a shot at controversial comments recently made by another 2008 spouse.  —  “I am proud of my country.  I don't know about you?
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama in patriotism flap  —  (CNN) — Tuesday morning seemed to bring the debut of yet another McCain-Obama flap - this time, Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama.  —  As she introduced her husband John McCain, the likely Republican nominee, at a campaign event, Cindy McCain told the crowd I “am proud of my country.
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Taylor Marsh
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
Michelle Obama Speaks for Me  —  I have to say it.  In response to the lovely and talented Taylor Marsh's “Michelle Obama Does Not Speak for Me”:  —  Michelle Obama speaks for me...  For the first time in my adult life, I'm overflowing with pride in my country because of Senator Barack Obama's run for the White House.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Caucus
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Post-Racial?  —  I know, I know, Barack Obama is the post …
Discussion: The New Republic and Brian Beutler
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Deval Patrick's Timeline Doesn't Mesh with Reality  —  Speaking to the New York Times Sunday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick attempted to excuse his friend Sen. Barack Obama's lifting of part of his October 2006 “Just words” speech.  —  “In a telephone interview on Sunday …
Byron York / The Corner:
Clinton Campaign: A “Pattern” of Obama Borrowing
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Was It Plagiarism Or Not?  —  Hillary Clinton adviser …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and After W
Sylvia Welsh / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama And Why It Matters That He Plagiarized A Speech …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Gaining Among Middle-Aged, Women, Hispanics  —  Also running even with Clinton among core Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The momentum in the Democratic nomination race has clearly swung toward Barack Obama.  Not only has he won all of the post-Super Tuesday contests …
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on polling conducted Feb. 16-18, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton has rebounded among Democrats in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking average for Feb. 16-18.  She is now at 45% to Barack Obama's 46%.  —  Clinton was seven percentage points behind Obama in the Feb. 15-17 average.
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Gallup Poll: Obama Gains Among Hispanics, Women And Middle-Aged
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The courts and Congress affirmatively conceal and protect lawbreaking  —  In August, 2006, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor became the first federal judge ever to rule on the legality of the Bush administration's NSA warrantless spying program, and she ruled that the NSA program violated both statutory law …
Associated Press:
Top court rejects ACLU domestic spying lawsuit  —  Supreme Court decision doesn't explain reason for turning down appeal  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Ohio: Now A Contest Too  —  A new Survey USA poll: … This is more good news for the Democratic Party.  Like Texas, this means the nomination can be won by Obama by winning a big contested state, leaving no doubt who “the people” have chosen.  If Obama can win neither …
WHIO-TV:   Obama Closes In On Clinton In Ohio
Will / Attytood:
A landmark day for bloggers — and the future of journalism  —  The George Polk Awards are kind of like the Golden Globes of American journalism .  Not as well known as those Oscars of the news business, the Pulitzer Prize, the Polk Awards are nevertheless probably a close second in terms of prestige …
New York Times:
McCain and Obama Seek to Stoke Wisconsin Turnout  —  As Senator John McCain urged voters in Brookfield, Wis., to brave the cold — it was 3 degrees here this morning without the wind chill — to vote for him in Tuesday's primary, his wife, Cindy, seemed to make a dig at Senator Barack Obama's wife, Michelle.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Castro resigns as president, state-run paper reports  —  HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) — Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.
Cliff Kincaid / Accuracy in Media:
Obama's Communist Mentor  —  In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a “secret smoker” and how he “went to great lengths to conceal the habit.”  But what about Obama's secret political life?  It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What The Polls Predict  —  Chris Bowers has an excellent post analyzing what exactly can be gleaned from pre election polls in this contest.  Chris' analysis demonstrates that Obama wildly overperformed polling in caucus states while Clinton overperformed polling in most primary states.
Discussion: Open Left
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
Bush's Visit is Like a ‘Performance Enhancing Drug’ for Benin President Yayi  —  It's hard to imagine the impact of a visit by an American head of state on an obscure country like Benin, but one can get a gist of it by reading the almost unimaginable local coverage of President Bush's visit.
Michael Stickings / The Moderate Voice:
Wisconsin Primary Day  —  Well, it's Wisconsin Primary Day, at long last, and the polls seem to suggest that Obama is ahead, but not by much, and perhaps not at all.  —  Obama holds a 13-point lead according to Public Policy Polling, with a lead of 49 to 45 among Democrats …
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