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3:25 AM ET, February 20, 2008


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Wisconsin Primary Live Blog  —  Will Hillary Clinton surprise everyone and win in Wisconsin?  Can Barack Obama beat back Hillary's late challenge?  Since my evening meeting got canceled, I'll be live blogging the Wisconsin poll results.  Of course we're also looking at Washington and Hawaii …
The Campaign Spot:
First Word on Wisconsin Exits  —  I'm hearing that after two waves of data, Wisconsin looks like a blowout in favor of Obama, in the neighborhood of 60 percent to 40 percent.
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
CNN Projects Obama Wins Wisconsin
Discussion: CNN and Comments from Left Field
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Exit Polls: Why The Media Is A Joke
Discussion: The Ruckus
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.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Yet Another Obama - Deval Patrick Speech Line Swipe
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Corner
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins  —  Until I came across this article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, which I regard as factual — with all that that implies — the questions about Obama's background that should have come naturally never quite rose to the surface of my mind.  Barack Obama is the new man, of course.
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
McCain Rips ‘Eloquent But Empty’ Obama  —  ABC News' Ron Claiborne and Teddy Davis Report: Arizona Sen. John McCain unveiled a new line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., following his Tuesday win in Wisconsin's Republican primary.  —  “I will work hard to make sure Americans …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Projected Winner Of Wisconsin Primary With Big Margin
Discussion: You Decide 08! and Marc Ambinder
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Now For Hillary?  —  The final number looks like a double digit win (the spread is currently 11 points and the current delegate split is 13-8, and likely to be around 42-32 at the end) win for Obama.  That is bad for Clinton.  But the bad news comes from two other results.
Discussion: AMERICAblog, The Ruckus and INSTAPUTZ
Exit polls: Obama holds onto his base, makes inroads in Clinton's  —  (CNN) — In campaign contests so far, Barack Obama has polled the best among black, more wealthy and educated voters and college students, while rival Hillary Clinton has been able to count on women, low-income voters and blue-collar workers.
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?
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Triumph of Narrative  —  Of all the things Barack Obama …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michelle Obama / CNN:
Cindy McCain, Michelle Obama in patriotism flap
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Feb. 19 Speech  —  The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech to supporters after the Feb. 19 primary in Wisconsin, as provided by CQ Transcriptions via The Associated Press.  —  SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Well, hello, Youngstown.  How are you tonight?
Babalu Blog:
CNN: Be kind to castro  —  Michael Graham, blogging at The Natural Truth, brings us this disgusting but not surprising story about how CNN coached its anchors to treat the subject of fidel castro in an early morning email today.  —  I can now confirm independently that not only did such an email go out, here it is in its entirety:
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
It Is Over  —  Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin.  The race is over.  Hillary is finished.  The Clinton Restoration is over.  President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over.  Hillary's electability is over.
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
NO SILVER LINING FOR HILLARY  —  A couple of things jump out from tonight's Wisconsin results.  —  First, despite polls showing a relatively close race, Obama looks likely to have a final winning margin in the double digits.  In other words, not close at all.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Angelica Martinez / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wilkes sentenced to 12 years in prison  —  SAN DIEGO - Brent Wilkes, the Poway defense contractor who federal prosecutors contend was the mastermind behind the largest congressional bribery scheme in history, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday.  —  With his daughter crying behind him …
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Roger Ailes
VALLEJO, Calif.  —  The city of Vallejo is on the brink of becoming the first California city ever to declare bankruptcy, City Council members said Tuesday.  —  Vallejo may run out of cash as early as March, council member Stephanie Gomes said.  —  “Not only that, but now we have 20 police …
Discussion: The Agonist and Calculated Risk
Sonia / Burnt Orange Report:
Thousands of Prairie View Students March 7.3 Miles to Vote  —  (Crossposted on Daily Kos by dewberry ........ See aerial pictures here.)  —  Photo Courtesy Ken Basart  —  Early voting starts today in Texas.  In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston …
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Jamie / Crooks and Liars:
Tonight's Primary Watch: Obama Wins!
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Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:
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Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP Flake Out  —  House Republicans have been taunting Democrats …
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