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6:50 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.
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?
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
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 echoes Patrick again
Discussion:, techPresident 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
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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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: Roger Ailes, Right Voices and Hot Air
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Brian Beutler
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
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:
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
US Elections:
Abba won't “take a chance” on McCain  —  He battled the Vietcong but now John McCain has apparently come a-cropper against the Swedes.  —  The Republican candidate, who had already been banned by John Mellencamp, the American rocker, from using his hits ‘Our Country’ and ‘Pink Houses’ …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Redstate and Don Surber
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly attacks NBC for airing the Clinton/Holeman story; FOX turns around and does the same  —  Leave it to Bill O'Reilly to make a fool out of FOX News for us.  Thank you, Bill.  It's not like they need any help but we'll take it.  I'm sure Roger Ailes didn't like his 60 million dollar man trashing Murdoch's property.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP Flake Out  —  House Republicans have been taunting Democrats …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wisconsin exits: Big night for Obama?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Spin Cycle
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Fact-Checking Eric Alterman
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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Will Barack Obama Really Appeal to Centrists?
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What The Polls Predict  —  Chris Bowers has an excellent post analyzing …
Discussion: Open Left
Tony Bonnici / Daily Express:
Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
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