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2:15 PM ET, February 20, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Pro-Clinton 527 Prepares For Ohio, PA and Texas  —  Allies of Hillary Clinton plan an expensive, stealth campaign to buttress her standing in the must-win states of Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.  —  They're canvassing Clinton donors for pledges of up to $100,000 in the hope of raising at least $10M by the end of next week.
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
New Pro-Clinton 527 to Ding Obama in Ohio  —  ABC News has learned that a group of Democratic politicos have set up a new independent 527 organization called the American Leadership Project (ALP) with the express purpose of helping Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, beat Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois …
Nitya / Political Punch:
Clinton Campaign Sets Up Website to Push to Change the Rules  —  This morning brings the news that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, has launched a new website where they are announcing how they are officially preparing to make the case that the rules of the Democratic nomination process should be changed.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Website Set Up By Clinton Campaign To Seek Democratic Convention …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton 527 ad hits economic message
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Matthew Yglesias:
Superdelegates
Discussion: The New Republic and The Reaction
The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Humiliates State Senator Kirk Watson On MSNBC  —  Texas State Senator Kirk Watson (D-TX) learned a lesson in preparedness Tuesday night when he was humiliated on MSNBC.  Watson was on to talk about his support of Senator Obama alongside Representative Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH), who backs Senator Clinton.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Name That Accomplishment!  (Update: Video Added)  —  This exchange will race through the conservative blogosphere, and probably on the pro-Hillary sites as well.  Last night, Chris Matthews interviewed Texas state senator and Barack Obama supporter Kirk Watson as Obama sailed to a crushing victory in Wisconsin.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Hillary already touting Matthews's “name one accomplishment” …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
A CLINTON SURROGATE, A DEM DIVIDE?  —  From NBC's Abby Livingston  —  Oh snap!  Who needs a Rottweiler when you've got surrogates?  —  Tom Buffenbarger president of the machinists' union (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) was the the latest in a string of Clinton junkyard dogs unleashed upon Obama.
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Associated Press:
Obama Defends Wife on Matter of Pride  —  BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama sought Tuesday to clarify his wife's statement that she is proud of the U.S. “for the first time in my adult life.”  He said her newfound pride is about the political system and was not meant to disparage her country.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Obama dangerously slow on counter-attacks
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Obama Delusion  —  It's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama.  At the 2004 Democratic convention, he visited with Newsweek reporters and editors, including me.  I came away deeply impressed by his intelligence, his forceful language and his apparent willingness to take positions that seemed to rise above narrow partisanship.
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John Dickerson / Slate:
White Men Jumped  —  HOW OBAMA WON OVER KEY CLINTON SUPPORTERS IN WISCONSIN, AND WHY IT MATTERS.  —  Also in Slate, Jack Shafer says that Obama is not a plagiarist, and Emily Bazelon analyzes the exit poll data regarding Hillary Clinton and white voters.  —  Hillary Clinton has been calling Barack Obama a plagiarist.
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Byron York / The Corner:
Penn: Hillary Will Mount a Commander-In-Chief Offensive
Discussion: Riehl World View
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
At a loss on slowing down Barack
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Must Reads On The Wisconsin Primary  —  A lot of good analysis is pouring in now on Senator Barack Obama's landslide win in the Wisconsin primary — but let's point you to two excellent ones from different viewpoints.  —  First, read Larry Kudlow on National Review Online.  He begins his piece this way:
Discussion: The Corner and Associated Press
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Barack Obama / USA Today:
Opposing view: Both sides must agree  —  I will seek a good faith pact that results in real spending limits.  —  In 2007, shortly after I became a candidate for president, I asked the Federal Election Commission to clear any regulatory obstacles to a publicly funded general election in 2008 with real spending limits.
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly: “I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels"  —  During the February 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly took a call from a listener who said of Michelle Obama …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA GOES 10-0
Discussion: protein wisdom and Spin Cycle
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
McCain: Soft on Al Qaeda?  —  A curious passage from John McCain's victory speech last night: … In time, I'm sure, Barack Obama will explain that any meetings with Iranian leaders will be fully prepped by staff in advance, including advance meetings at the ministerial level...but what about the first part of the quote?
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
McCain: Weak on Terrorism, Strong on Dictators Who Exploit the U.S.
Politicker NJ:
Two N.J. super delegates go to Obama; Norcross backs Obama; key Clinton supporters endorse Obama  —  GEORGE NORCROSS SUPPORTS OBAMA  —  Barack Obama today picked up the support of two super delegates from New Jersey as several major Democratic leaders in South Jersey announced that they would switch …
Discussion: Blue Jersey and Open Left
Marc Ambinder:
Teamsters Plan To Endorse Obama  —  The 1.4 million-member Teamsters union will endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy today, Democrats briefed on the decision said.  —  A Teamsters official confirmed the endorsement.  —  Nothing says tough, or evokes “gruff,” more than the Teamsters.
Discussion: The Page
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Their Deepest, Darkest Discovery  —  Scientists Create a Black That Erases Virtually All Light  —  Black is getting blacker.  —  Researchers in New York reported this month that they have created a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that hits it …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Penn: ‘Hard to imagine...’  —  The Obama campaign called a conference call this morning to reiterate, accurately, the extremely slim odds that Clinton can catch up in the pledged delegate count.  —  Clinton's aides, on their own conference call, reiterated their position that that's not a meaningful metric.
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
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Jim Manzi / The Daily Dish:
Free to Choose  —  Ramesh has a great series of posts …
Discussion: The Corner
HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary's Remarks at the Solutions for America Event in Youngstown, Ohio
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HRC Campaign: Obama Is Frontrunner
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dispatchpolitics.com:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did McCain's Win Doom Their November Strategy?
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME
Canadian Press:
NBC reprimands employee for using picture of bin Laden behind Obama story
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
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