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12:45 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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Punch
Atrios / Eschaton:   Ready to Lead  —  confidence building. … Missing almost 10% of them.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Clinton Spokesperson Rules Out Pursuit Of Obama's Pledged Delegates
Discussion: The New Republic, Daily Kos and Salon
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The Politico: Hillary Clinton Campaign Targets Obama's PLEDGED Delegates (UPDATED)
Discussion: The New Republic and The Ruckus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Slain Editor Bailey Among George Polk Award Winners
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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
The Huffington Post:
LARRY C. JOHNSON  —  Larry C. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm that helps corporations and governments manage threats posed by terrorism and money laundering.  Mr. Johnson works with US military commands in scripting terrorism exercises …
Discussion: The Ruckus
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 …
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme court won't review Bush domestic spying case
Discussion: TalkLeft and Macsmind
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
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Wisconsin Election Thread I
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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.”
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
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama seeks Ohio's blue-collar vote  —  Barack Obama on Monday made an aggressive pitch at Ohio's blue-collar workers by proposing a “Patriot Employers” plan that would lower corporate taxes for companies that did not ship jobs overseas.  —  The proposal, which came two weeks …
Discussion: Clive Crook and Redstate
Christopher B. Leinberger / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Slum?  —  Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac.  Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant.  Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading.  —  At Windy Ridge, a recently built starter-home development seven miles northwest …
Discussion: The Corner
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Political Pundits, Overpopulating the News Networks
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
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Texas Will Be The Test  —  The Obama blogs are now confident …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Law Prof Blog Rankings
Discussion: Althouse
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Shame On The LA Times
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
Clinton Steps Up Attacks on Obama
Associated Press:
Iraqi Deaths Pain Sharon Stone
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton continues war over words
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill