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6:00 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
Matthew Yglesias:
Delegate Bluster  —  This Clinton campaign scheme to add wooing …
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
Atrios / Eschaton:   Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.
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
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama echoes Patrick again
Discussion: techPresident and Wonkette
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
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.
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Democrats set pro forma sessions to avoid ‘special session’ on FISA
Discussion: Daily Kos
Karl / protein wisdom:   FISA Update: The Left now relies on Pelosi and Reid to thwart …
Obama Closes In On Clinton In Ohio  —  Democratic Poll:  —  Two Weeks to Must-Win Ohio, Clinton 9 Points Atop Obama: In a Democratic Primary for President of the United States in Ohio today, 2/16/08, two weeks till the votes are counted, Hillary Clinton defeats Barack Obama, 52% to 43% …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Ohio: Now A Contest Too  —  A new Survey USA poll:
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
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 …
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.
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Will Barack Obama Really Appeal to Centrists?  —  Barack Obama fascinates me.  —  He can give speeches like no one else in a long time.  As I've said before, he reminds me of many a black preacher I heard growing up.  He's a black man that seems to appeal beyond African Americans to persons …
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
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Sexism From Howard Fineman  —  Yes, it's me again.  The PC police guy.  And predictably, I have a problem with this: … (Emphasis supplied.)  Yep, predictably, I see stating that a female candidate is merely a dummy for her ventriloquist husband is sexist.  —  I am predictable that way.
Discussion: MSNBC, Firedoglake and Politics Blog
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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly attacks NBC for airing the Clinton/Holeman story …
Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard:
McCain's Party  —  Maybe it was his CPAC speech?
The New Republic:
What Would Happen If We Adopted The Gold Standard?
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: American Thinker and Salon
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Bursting the Obama Bubble
Road to the White House
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why The Big States Matter
Tony Bonnici / Daily Express:
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bob Geldof in Rwanda gives Bush his props
Damozel / The Moderate Voice:
Has Obama Been Sufficiently Vetted to Survive the GOP Machine?
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton's Hunting History
Discussion: Dr. Helen