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7:05 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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:   Clinton says Obama speech flap shows media “finally” scrutinizing rival
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?
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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.
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 JustOneMinute
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama echoes Patrick again  —  A rival campaign is circulating another pair of videos of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) echoing Deval Patrick, a friend who is now the Massachusetts governor.  —  This time, Obama is reading from notes or a text.  In the instance that drew a charge of plagiarism …
Sylvia Welsh / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama And Why It Matters That He Plagiarized A Speech …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
The Huffington Post:
“Plagiarism”? Clinton Borrowed Her Husband's “Invisible” Theme
Discussion: Preemptive Karma and Wonkette
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
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: The New Republic
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Early Exit Polling In Wisconsin
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Associated Press:
Early Wis. exit poll highlights
Discussion: The Ruckus
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Ohio: Now A Contest Too  —  A new Survey USA poll:
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wisconsin exits: Big night for Obama?  —  Mike Allen emails:
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Right Voices, Roger Ailes and Hot Air
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Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Bursting the Obama Bubble  —  Via Instapundit, there's Krugman and Kevin Drum discussing when the “Obamamania” bubble will burst.  I agree with both of them.  —  Krugman first: … Now Kevin: [More...] … I agree his bubble will burst, sooner than later.
 
 
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