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7:40 PM ET, February 20, 2008


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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.
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton 527 ad hits economic message  —  “If speeches could create jobs, we wouldn't be facing a recession,” the narrator says in the spot, titled “Blueprint,” that takes no more direct shots at Obama, but instead hews closely to Clinton's economic message.  —  The 527 hews to the legal rule …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, Truthdig and MyDD
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:
Clinton's New 527 Will Backfire: A Drummer Explains Why.  —  Yesterday the string of defeats continued, and today we learn that Clinton's campaign is launching a “stealth 527.”  You remember those — Swift Boat attacks and all?  It isn't likely to work.  —  Back in my musician days we had a drummer who hardly ever spoke.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Establishment Reaction To Obama
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   Strategists set up pro-Clinton group
Texas Senator Kirk Watson:
MSNBC and Me  —  On Tuesday night, after an important and historic victory in the Wisconsin Presidential Primary by Senator Barack Obama, I appeared on the MSNBC post-election program.  “Hardball” host Chris Matthews (who is, it turns out, as ferocious as they say), began grilling me on Senator Obama's legislative record.
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.
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly: “I don't want to go on a lynching party against …
Michelle Obama clarifies: I've always loved my country
Discussion: Spin Cycle and PERRspectives Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama dangerously slow on counterattacks
Discussion: The Corner
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
O'Reilly's “Lynching Party” and Michelle Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bill Clinton: Texas Could Be Hillary's Last Stand  —  Former President Tells Lone Star Crowd Wife Needs Wins in Texas and Ohio  —  There's a Texas-sized stumbling block on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's comeback trail.  —  Even Clinton's most devoted surrogate — her husband, Bill Clinton …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Radar
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Obama camp slams Clinton ‘lunacy’
Los Angeles Times:
McCain blasts Obama as ‘naive’
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Ex-president, husband, superdelegate
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Byron York / The Corner:
Penn: Hillary Will Mount a Commander-In-Chief Offensive
Discussion: The Caucus, Commentary and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton's Blueprint  —  A trio of senior advisers to Sen …
Discussion: Wonkette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN PAINTS OBAMA AS TOO HAWKISH?  —  From NBC's Andy Merten  —  It's slightly counter-intuitive that Obama could sound more hawkish than McCain, but when it comes to Pakistan, that may be the case.  Last night at his Wisconsin victory speech in Columbus, Ohio, McCain came out swinging …
Spiegel Online:
Danish Caricaturist of Muhammad Fame Now Homeless  —  Two years ago Kurt Westergaard was in his Copenhagen home drawing pictures.  One of them was of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad.  Now Westergaard is homeless.  —  Draw a picture offensive to Muslim extremists, and you might find yourself without a roof.
The Campaign Spot:
“Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual.”  —  Last night I appeared on Hugh's show, and his producer Duane mentioned a Michelle Obama speech at UCLA.  Captain Ed talked about this a bit, but I hadn't seen anyone transcribe the part of the speech where it gets a little... unnerving.
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.
Thomas W. /
TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book  —  A security officer at Tampa International Airport found a box cutter hidden in a hollowed-out book on Sunday.  —  TAMPA — A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested at Tampa International Airport this weekend after security personnel found …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Use of Private Care Tests British Health System  —  LONDON — Created 60 years ago as a cornerstone of the British welfare state, the National Health Service is devoted to the principle of free medical care for everyone.  But recently it has been wrestling with a problem its founders never anticipated …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Redstate
Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad: Israel filthy bacteria  —  In yet another verbal attack against Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Jewish state a “filthy bacteria” whose sole purpose was to oppress the other nations of the region.  —  “The world powers established this filthy bacteria …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Donna Edwards On Where We Go From Here With Cuba
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Obama On Track To Raise More Than $36 Million In February
Discussion: New York Times and Eschaton
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Jackson to Dems: Play nice
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Candidate Guilty of Faking Disappearance
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Texas May Be Hillary's Last Chance
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
INVISIBILITY....When I first read this I thought it sounded very cool:
Discussion: Washington Post and Unfogged
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Air Force Continues to Make My Case
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Change To Win Considers Obama Endorsement
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Hillarymandias  —  We continue our coverage of Hillary's Wisconsin Wipeout:
Discussion: Washington Post
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Obamamania verges on obsession
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
STRAIGHT TALK.  —  So McCain is now promising “no new taxes.”
Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008
Politicker NJ:
Two N.J. super delegates go to Obama; Norcross backs Obama …
Discussion: Blue Jersey and TIME
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Obama Delusion  —  It's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama.