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5:10 AM ET, February 19, 2008


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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Release on Clinton's Languge  —  Here are a couple of places Clinton freely borrowed rhetoric from Obama...  Clinton Stole The Phrase “Fired Up And Ready To Go” From Obama.  “We are fired up and we are ready to go because we know America is ready for change and the process starts right here in Iowa.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton aide accuses Obama of plagiarism  —  Howard Wolfson, the Clinton campaign's communications director, today accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of committing “plagiarism” in a speech in Milwaukee on Saturday night.  —  Wolfson made the explosive charge in an interview with Politico …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Former Clinton Speechwriter Weighs In On Plagiarism-Gate  —  We asked former Bill Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet if today's plagiarism accusations against Barack Obama were justified.  In his mind, was what Obama did acceptable, or a violation of speechmaking ethics?  Here are his thoughts ...
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Is Barack Obama The Quintessential Barack Oboomer?
Discussion: Tom Watson
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Campaign Can't Say It Never “Borrowed” Anyone Else's Rhetoric
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Pride in the name of self-love  —  MILWAUKEE — So what did Michelle Obama think of the United States before her husband decided he wanted to run the place?  —  “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
She Said What?  —  Michelle Obama today said that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.  And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.  I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.”
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.
Discussion: The American Mind
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Fidel Castro; The Man in the Green Suit Turns  —  There is a silence in our election 08 candidates, writ bold by mainstream media's pick-up game of their bickering...sometimes seeming like a replay of The Bickerson's- an old time radio show that consisted mainly of a man and a woman relentlessly harping at each other ...
Discussion: The Ruckus
Justin Webb / BBC NEWS:
Al-Qaeda's choice  —  Bedd Gelert and Vagueofgodalming may well be right about Rees Mogg.  —  My own concern about his piece is this.  He writes: “There are, of course, hypothetical events that could change everything.  There could be an attack on Mr Obama himself, but he is protected by the Secret Service.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:   BBC: Al-Qaeda Would Back McCain......
USA Today:
A McCain cabinet could bear shades of Teddy Roosevelt  —  PHOENIX — Democrats already are regularly attacking John McCain for offering what they characterize as a third George W. Bush term.  —  But a new Theodore Roosevelt presidency might be closer to the mark.
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida 2008 Presidential Election  —  Florida: McCain Leads Clinton and Has Bigger Lead Over Obama  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Florida shows John McCain holding a six-percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton and an even larger lead—sixteen percentage points—over Barack Obama.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   What The DNC FL Fiasco Can Cost Us: FL In The GE
Ezra Levant:
Shire Network News  —  Here's my interview.  I mentioned that Shirlene McGovern, the “human rights officer” who interrogated me, has resigned from my case.  The human rights commission advised my lawyer that McGovern quit because of the public backlash against the commission — and against her in particular.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who's calling who a second-class delegate?  —  A co-chairman of Hillary's Michigan campaign and has a line that's sure to drive a whole bunch of red state governors up the wall:  —  “Superdelegates are not second-class delegates,” says Joel Ferguson, who will be a superdelegate if Michigan is seated.
Admiral: Al Qaeda in Iraq ‘killing off’ former allies  —  BALAD, Iraq (CNN) — Video provided to CNN shows an al Qaeda in Iraq firing squad executing one-time allies — fellow Sunni extremists — who were not loyal enough to the terror organization, coalition military analysts said.
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Insurance  —  ATLANTA — A nationwide study has found that the uninsured and those covered by Medicaid are more likely than those with private insurance to receive a diagnosis of cancer in late stages, often diminishing their chances of survival.
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
FDA Says It Approved The Wrong Drug Plant  —  The Chinese facility that supplies the active ingredient of the widely used blood thinner heparin was never inspected by the Food and Drug Administration because the agency confused its name with another just like it, agency officials said yesterday.
Discussion: D-Day
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David Brooks / New York Times:
When the Magic Fades  —  At first it seemed like a few random cases …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Israel concerned over impending UNIFIL breakdown in Lebanon
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Trish / Pensito Review:
Total Drag: Bush Judge Appointee Resigns After DUI Arrest While Cross Dressing
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Truth and Consequences  —  WHAT IS THE POINT OF A PAPER OF RECORD …
Discussion: Gawker, The Corner and Ezra Levant
Michael Park / Fox News:
Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google
Jules Crittenden:
Frontline's Haditha: “Rules of Engagement”
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Flopping Aces
Jonathan Foreman / The Corner:
Pakistan's Election Day  —  The results of the Pakistani …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Does It Smell A Little Like New Hampshire?
Discussion: Daily Kos
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
In Nicaragua and Around the World, ‘Admiration’ for U.S. Primary System
Discussion: The Ruckus
David Corn /
Clinton Smears Obama on Iraq — Again
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberal Values
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Why We Do What We Do  —  It never fails that every day …
Discussion: Donklephant and IntoxiNation
Michael Weiss / Pajamas Media:
Atrios / Eschaton:
Another Year Gone
Mike Lux / Open Left:
Jim Cooper Scares Me