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1:20 PM ET, February 19, 2008

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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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.  —  ...adding that people who suggest this is stupid and doesn't matter are wrong, and I think the reporter got it a bit wrong too.  Here's  —  how things work in PA: … We vote for delegates, not the candidate …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Silence Of The Saps  —  The voters in the Democratic primaries, as opposed to the caucuses, have labored under the delusion that their delegates have a commitment to follow the popular vote in their state.  A little-known rule in the DNC removed the first-ballot requirement of pledged delegates …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Clinton Spokesperson Rules Out Pursuit Of Obama's Pledged Delegates  —  Hillary spokesperson Phil Singer is adamantly denying a report this morning in The Politico quoting an anonymous campaign official suggesting that the Clinton campaign will pursue Obama's pledged delegates.  Singer sends me this:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Which Populist Can Win Wisconsin?
Discussion: Don Surber and The Caucus
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates (UPDATED)
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The New Republic
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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Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro resigns as Cuba's president  —  HAVANA - 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 …
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.
Adrian Sainz / Associated Press:
Miami Quiet Following Castro Resignation
Discussion: The Nose On Your Face
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Fidel Castro to step down as Cuba's leader
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Fidel Castro retires
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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.
Washington Post:
Clinton Steps Up Attacks on Obama  —  Plagiarism, Financing Accusations Come on Eve of Wisconsin Primary  —  Aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) accused Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) yesterday of plagiarizing portions of a recent speech and continued to question his vows to reform …
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Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton continues war over words
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Damozel / The Moderate Voice:
Has Obama Been Sufficiently Vetted to Survive the GOP Machine?  —  Larry C. Johnson of No Quarter has been arguing for quite some time that Obama is insufficiently vetted to withstand attacks from the right.  In a recent piece in The Huffington Post, he discusses the basis of his concerns.
Discussion: The New Republic
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The Huffington Post:
LARRY C. JOHNSON
Discussion: The Ruckus
MSNBC:
U.S. strikes in Pakistan — without notice  —  Unilateral attack on al-Qaeda commander called a model for operations  —  In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali.  The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Wisconsin Election Thread I  —  (larger version here.)  —  Wisconsin demographics are here.  There are 5.5 million people.  90% of the state is White, 6% are African Americans and 4.7% are Hispanic.  By contrast, in Milwaukee County, the African American population is 26.6%.
Discussion: Associated Press
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ABCNEWS:
The Note: Blue Cheese
Discussion: JSOnline and The Fix
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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Associated Press:
Top court rejects ACLU domestic spying lawsuit  —  Supreme Court decision doesn't explain reason for turning down appeal  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected a challenge Tuesday to the Bush administration's domestic spying program.  —  The justices' decision, issued without comment …
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bob Geldof in Rwanda gives Bush his props  —  KIGALI, Rwanda — Bob Geldof has parachuted into the White House travel pool here in Rwanda, and will join us on the flight from Air Force One to Ghana tonight.  —  He's going to interview President Bush for Time magazine and several European outlets …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Gaining Among Middle-Aged, Women, Hispanics  —  Also running even with Clinton among core Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The momentum in the Democratic nomination race has clearly swung toward Barack Obama.  Not only has he won all of the post-Super Tuesday contests …
Discussion: The Swamp
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Toshiba quits HD DVD business  —  TOKYO - Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video.  —  “We concluded that a swift decision would be best,” …
 
 
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Candidate Wins Support in the East. No, Farther East.
Christopher B. Leinberger / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Slum?  —  Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac.
Discussion: The Corner
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton's Hunting History
Discussion: Dr. Helen
Gateway Pundit:
Islamic Prayer Tower Rises Over South St. Louis City
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 Earlier Items: 
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Texas Will Be The Test  —  The Obama blogs are now confident …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Shame On The LA Times
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.