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3:50 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.
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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 …
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:
Atrios / Eschaton:   Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.
Hilzoy / The Daily Dish:
Pennsylvania Delegates: More Than You Want To Know
Discussion: Eschaton and Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Silence Of The Saps  —  The voters in the Democratic primaries …
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates (UPDATED)
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Obama camp cries foul
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
Cindy McCain responds to Michelle Obama “proud” comments  —  Brookfield, WI — During her introduction of Sen. John McCain at a rally Tuesday, his wife Cindy responded to controversial comments made by another 2008 spouse yesterday.  —  “I am proud of my country.  I don't know about you?
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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
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Michelle's America  —  Mrs. Obama talks about herself and her country.  —  Madison, Wisconsin  —  Roughly 600 people gathered at the Capitol Theater in Madison's downtown Overture Center yesterday to listen to Michelle Obama make a pitch for her husband's presidential bid.
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 …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Gallup Poll: Obama Gains Among Hispanics, Women And Middle-Aged
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 …
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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.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Court to hear four appeals, plus an Original case
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The courts and Congress affirmatively conceal and protect lawbreaking
Discussion: Corrente and Daily Kos
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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Steven Walters / JSOnline:
Obama, on eve of vote, says the time is now  —  Senator touches on economy, security in Beloit  —  Beloit - In an emotional last-minute appeal to Wisconsin Democrats, presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama borrowed another phrase from slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Star Bulletin, MSNBC and NPR Blogs
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ABCNEWS:
The Note: Blue Cheese
Discussion: JSOnline and The Fix
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Which Populist Can Win Wisconsin?
Discussion: The Caucus and Sister Toldjah
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wisconsin Election Thread I
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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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
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 and Firedoglake
WHIO-TV:
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% …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Beyond Race and Gender?
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
The fight over isms  —  Avedon sends us over to read Mad Kane …
Discussion: Politics Blog
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Democrats set pro forma sessions to avoid ‘special session’ on FISA
Discussion: Think Progress
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Candidate Wins Support in the East. No, Farther East.
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher B. Leinberger / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Slum?  —  Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac.
Discussion: The Corner
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bob Geldof in Rwanda gives Bush his props
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton's Hunting History
Discussion: Dr. Helen
Gateway Pundit:
Islamic Prayer Tower Rises Over South St. Louis City
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.
Discussion: The Mahablog and MyDD