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11:35 AM ET, February 19, 2008

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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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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.
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Fidel Castro to step down as Cuba's leader  —  Cuban leader Fidel Castro told compatriots early today that he would not accept another term as president, throwing open the Communist-ruled island's leadership for the first time in nearly 50 years.  —  Castro, 81, and ailing …
Michelle Malkin:
Castro to resign; “This is not my farewell to you;"Update: US to maintain trade embargo  —  Update 10:18am.  State Dept “has indicated” the trade embargo with Cuba will remain in place.  —  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 …
Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro Resigns As Cuba's President  —  HAVANA (AP) - An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.  —  The end of Castro's rule - the longest in the world …
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Fidel Castro retires
Val Prieto / Babalu Blog:
Just Another Snip  —  The news trucks have already lined …
Discussion: The Nose On Your Face
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Castro's resignation raises mixed hope and concern
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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.
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philly.com:
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates  —  Question: has the Democratic party EVER seen anything like this?  The Politico: … Further down: … Perhaps — but so far if you look at the news stories (just Google them) all of the threatening noises …
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:   Slain Editor Bailey Among George Polk Award Winners
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton continues war over words  —  MADISON, Wis.—As her campaign plane began rolling on the tarmac last night, Hillary Clinton made it clear she thinks there might be some tarnish to the accusation that rival Barack Obama borrowed some oratorical riffs from his friend, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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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: dawn.com, Ali Eteraz and Gateway Pundit
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New York Times:
Musharraf's Party Accepts Defeat
MSNBC:   U.S. strikes in Pakistan — without notice
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.”
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Shame On The LA Times  —  The Los Angeles Times puts itself in the unusual position of scolding John McCain over his opposition to torture, claiming that he betrayed his principles in voting against the legislation sponsored by Dianne Feinstein in the Senate last week.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
 
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