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12:25 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Silence Of The Saps  —  The voters in the Democratic primaries …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates (UPDATED)
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
Atrios / Eschaton:   Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.
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 (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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Castro Resigns as President, Cuban Commander-in-Chief
Discussion: The Politico and Matthew Yglesias
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Fidel Castro retires
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Fidel Castro to step down as Cuba's leader
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.
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
The Note: Blue Cheese  —  On Wisconsin, A Chance for Obama to Roll — Or Clinton to Mount a Comeback  —  The polls are open and voting is already under way in the Badger State.  The polls are set to close at 9pm ET in Wisconsin, but don't lose any sleep staying up for the Hawaii caucus results.
Discussion: JSOnline and The Fix
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Wisconsin Election Thread I
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
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.”
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
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Texas Will Be The Test  —  The Obama blogs are now confident that Texas is Obama's to lose: … This comes on the heels of SUSA's Texas poll that has Obama within 5 of Clinton in Texas.  —  This is a terrific development.  A real test now for Obama's ability to win the POPULAR VOTE in big contested states.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Political Pundits, Overpopulating the News Networks
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme court won't review Bush domestic spying case
Discussion: TalkLeft and Macsmind
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama seeks Ohio's blue-collar vote
Discussion: Clive Crook and Redstate
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton's Hunting History
Discussion: Dr. Helen
Gateway Pundit:
Islamic Prayer Tower Rises in South St. Louis City
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Kaufman / Wall Street Journal:
White Men Hold Key for Democrats
Discussion: Commentary and TIME
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Shame On The LA Times
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business
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Clinton Steps Up Attacks on Obama
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Pelosi's Wiretap Offensive
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton continues war over words
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Musharraf Wins By Losing, Islamists Just Lose Big
Jerusalem Post:
‘Bomb, slaughter Danes due to republication of Muhammad caricatures’
Discussion: small dead animals
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
FDA Says It Approved The Wrong Drug Plant