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9:15 AM ET, February 19, 2008


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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.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuba's President  —  MEXICO CITY — Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness, ending one of the longest tenures as one of the most all-powerful communist heads of state in the world, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party.
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: Castro to resign; “This is not my farewell to you”  —  Don't ask me why I'm up, but I am.  And the AP has just put out a news alert that many have been awaiting for years: Fidel Castro has announced he will be resigning.  —  Just a single line so far: “HAVANA (AP) …
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Fidel Castro retires  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that he will not return to lead the country as president or commander-in-chief, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution.  —  Castro, 81, who has not appeared …
Ziva / Babalu Blog:
BREAKING NEWS** fidel castro “retires” … Read it in Granma, and below the fold, in Spanish, followed by the English version.  —  Right now, at this late hour, my emotions are in turmoil. … In English:
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Fidel Castro Stepping Down as Cuba's President
Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro Resigns Cuban Presidency
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Fidel Castro Not Returning to the Presidency
Frances Robles /
Fidel Castro stepping down after nearly 50 years
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Fidel Castro; The Man in the Green Suit Turns
Discussion: The Ruckus
Bloomberg:   Castro Resigns as President, Cuban Commander-in-Chief
David Brooks / New York Times:
When the Magic Fades  —  At first it seemed like a few random cases of lassitude among Mary Chapin Carpenter devotees in Berkeley, Cambridge and Chapel Hill.  But then psychotherapists began to realize patients across the country were complaining of the same distress.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE OBAMA BUBBLE....Paul Krugman this morning: … Right on cue, here's David Brooks tonight: … A “backlash” from a conservative like Brooks is hardly a surprise.  Still, I think Krugman is right: bubbles always burst, and Obama has been riding a major league bubble for months now.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Feels Like The First Time  —  Does a hostility about one's own country provide a good basis for a campaign?  John Podhoretz notes the very strange assertion from Michelle Obama as she campaigned for her husband in Wisconsin.  It comes as a piece with her exhortation at UCLA two weeks ago …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.  —  I said I was going to write this post, so I'd better do it.  As I said, I want to do an archaeology of the archive and trace my response to Barack Obama as I did to John Kerry in an old 2004 post called “How Kerry lost me.”
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
It Depends On How One Views Death  —  E.J. Dionne wonders whether John McCain may have his priorities askew in the upcoming election.  By focusing on terrorism as the “transcendent challenge”, McCain may misunderstand the concerns of ordinary Americans in 2008 and make himself irrelevant, Dionne argues:
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A ‘Challenge’ Worth Challenging
Discussion: THE LIBERAL JOURNAL and The Ruckus
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
Jerusalem Post:
‘Bomb, slaughter Danes due to republication of Muhammad caricatures’  —  Muslims worldwide should bomb Denmark's embassies and kill it diplomats following last week's republication of caricatures of Muslim prophet Muhammad, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip said on Monday.
Discussion: small dead animals
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Musharraf Wins By Losing, Islamists Just Lose Big  —  The Pakistanis have rejected both Pervez Musharraf and the Islamists in their national and provincial elections yesterday, preliminary results show.  Supporters of slain national leader Benazir Bhutto and returned exile Nawaz Sharif …
Discussion: and Ali Eteraz
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