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11:55 AM ET, February 19, 2008

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CNN:
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.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuba's President  —  MEXICO CITY — Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness, ending one of the longest tenures as one of the most all-powerful communist heads of state in the world, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party.
Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro Resigns As Cuba's President  —  HAVANA (AP) - An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.  —  The end of Castro's rule - the longest in the world …
Michelle Malkin:
Castro to resign; “This is not my farewell to you;"Update: US to maintain trade embargo  —  Update 11:03am.  Cuban exiles in Miami react... “'I hope this is the beginning of the end of the system, but we have to wait,' said 35-year-old chemist Omar Fernandez, who left Cuba for the U.S. six years ago.”
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Fidel Castro to step down as Cuba's leader
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Fidel Castro retires
Bloomberg:   Castro Resigns as President, Cuban Commander-in-Chief
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Castro comments  —  Obama's comment on Castro's resignation …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Val Prieto / Babalu Blog:
Just Another Snip  —  The news trucks have already lined …
Discussion: The Nose On Your Face
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.
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philly.com:
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates (UPDATED)
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE OBAMA BUBBLE....Paul Krugman this morning: … Right on cue, here's David Brooks tonight: … A “backlash” from a conservative like Brooks is hardly a surprise.  Still, I think Krugman is right: bubbles always burst, and Obama has been riding a major league bubble for months now.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
When the Magic Fades  —  At first it seemed like a few random cases of lassitude among Mary Chapin Carpenter devotees in Berkeley, Cambridge and Chapel Hill.  But then psychotherapists began to realize patients across the country were complaining of the same distress.
MSNBC:
U.S. strikes in Pakistan — without notice  —  Unilateral attack on al-Qaeda commander called a model for operations  —  In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali.  The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed …
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New York Times:
Musharraf's Party Accepts Defeat  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan appeared to be heading for a transition to an elected civilian government Tuesday after President Pervez Musharraf told visiting United States senators that he accepted the resounding defeat of his party in elections, and would work with a new Parliament.
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 …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:   Slain Editor Bailey Among George Polk Award Winners
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Feels Like The First Time  —  Does a hostility about one's own country provide a good basis for a campaign?  John Podhoretz notes the very strange assertion from Michelle Obama as she campaigned for her husband in Wisconsin.  It comes as a piece with her exhortation at UCLA two weeks ago …
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Damozel / The Moderate Voice:
Has Obama Been Sufficiently Vetted to Survive the GOP Machine?  —  Larry C. Johnson of No Quarter has been arguing for quite some time that Obama is insufficiently vetted to withstand attacks from the right.  In a recent piece in The Huffington Post, he discusses the basis of his concerns.
Discussion: The New Republic
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The Huffington Post:
LARRY C. JOHNSON
Discussion: The Ruckus
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.  —  I said I was going to write this post, so I'd better do it.  As I said, I want to do an archaeology of the archive and trace my response to Barack Obama as I did to John Kerry in an old 2004 post called “How Kerry lost me.”
Jerusalem Post:
‘Bomb, slaughter Danes due to republication of Muhammad caricatures’  —  Muslims worldwide should bomb Denmark's embassies and kill it diplomats following last week's republication of caricatures of Muslim prophet Muhammad, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip said on Monday.
Discussion: small dead animals
 
 
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