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5:00 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.
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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:
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.
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama, Clinton parse meaning of ‘pledged’
Discussion: The Politico
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 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
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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Gallup:
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: Captain's Quarters 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.
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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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Court to hear four appeals, plus an Original case
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
SCOTUS Rejects Warrantless Wiretapping Challenge Case
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, TalkLeft and ACLU
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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Byron York / The Corner:
Clinton Campaign: A “Pattern” of Obama Borrowing
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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CNN:
White House hopefuls on Castro's resignation
Discussion: The Swamp, After W and Hullabaloo
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% …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Ohio: Now A Contest Too  —  A new Survey USA poll:
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 …
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
CNN:
Road to the White House  —  Please wait while we retrieve the data  —  Path to the Presidency  —  Our explainer lays out the steps a candidate must take to win the White House  —  Follow the Primaries and Caucuses  —  The Race So Far  —  Click on highlighted states for results, exit polls
 
 
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Discussion: Open Left
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Corner
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Bob Geldof in Rwanda gives Bush his props
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wisconsin Election Thread I
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Associated Press
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
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE OBAMA BUBBLE....Paul Krugman this morning: