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5:45 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.”
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Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:
Desperate  —  Do you want to know how desperate the Clinton campaign is to stop the gathering momentum of the Obama campaign on the eve of primaries in Wisconsin and Hawaii?  —  Consider the accusations being leveled by the Clinton camp that the Illinois senator is guilty of plagiarizing words …
Discussion: BBC NEWS
James Fallows:
On plagiarism  —  The “plagiarism” flap over Barack Obama is bogus and overstated.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton aide accuses Obama of plagiarism
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.”
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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.”
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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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
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: Castro to resign; “This is not my farewell to you”
Discussion: Reuters and Babalu Blog
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Texas poll shows dead heat among Dems  —  CNN deputy political director  —  (CNN) — It's all tied up in Texas.  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll suggests the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois …
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
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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.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   What The DNC FL Fiasco Can Cost Us: FL In The GE
Robin Koerner / The Moderate Voice:
Obama is Not a Lightweight  —  A number of articles around the world have suggested that Obama's charisma and ability to inspire come at the expense of specific policy proposals; Clinton, indeed, has been using this “fact” to draw a favorable contrast with her opponent.
Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:
You Can't Blame Clinton Campaign for This  —  According to NPR, this bit of kitsch wasn't created by the Clinton campaign, but by an overzealous supporter with too much money and too much time.  —  But, really, is it any worse than this production from an Obama fan?  —  Can we make hokie videos with our laptops?
CNN:
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Israel concerned over impending UNIFIL breakdown in Lebanon
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Truth and Consequences  —  WHAT IS THE POINT OF A PAPER OF RECORD …
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Jonathan Foreman / The Corner:
Pakistan's Election Day  —  The results of the Pakistani …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Does It Smell A Little Like New Hampshire?
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Is Barack Obama The Quintessential Barack Oboomer?
Discussion: Tom Watson
David Corn / MotherJones.com:
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:
IN FOCUS: THE END OF THE OBAMA HONEYMOON?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Who's calling who a second-class delegate?