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7:35 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.
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.
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 …
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:
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton says Obama speech flap shows media “finally” scrutinizing rival
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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
Marc Ambinder:
Wisconsin Exit Polls: A Less Affluent, Less Well-Educated, Economically Sensitive Electorate  —  Info from our trusty pals at CBS News: this electorate is very white; only four in ten have a “college degree.”  They're “less affluent” than Dems in other states.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Early Exit Polling In Wisconsin  —  The AP has released its early exit polling demographics in Wisconsin, and the results offer hope to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  They confirm that populist rhetoric has large appeal among Democrats, where 70% of their primary voters oppose globalization …
Associated Press:
Early Wis. exit poll highlights  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polling Tuesday in the Wisconsin primaries for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  THUMBS DOWN ON GLOBALIZATION ...  Wisconsin Democratic primary voters were not big fans of globalization.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Exit Polls: Why The Media Is A Joke
Discussion: The Ruckus
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.
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
Michelle Obama Speaks for Me
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and JustOneMinute
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama turns tables on Clinton  —  Under fire for uncredited echoes of another candidate's speeches, the Obama campaign sought Tuesday evening to turn the tables on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by highlighting her clearly false claim that her campaign had not fueled the controversy.
The Huffington Post:
“Plagiarism”? Clinton Borrowed Her Husband's “Invisible” Theme
Discussion: Preemptive Karma and Wonkette
Sylvia Welsh / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama And Why It Matters That He Plagiarized A Speech …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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
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 …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rejects wiretap suit
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear four appeals, plus an Original case
Discussion: ACSBlog
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, Hot Air and Roger Ailes
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Brian Beutler
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
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O'Reilly attacks NBC for airing the Clinton/Holeman story …
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