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8:25 AM ET, February 20, 2008


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Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama 74% vs. Clinton 25% in Hawaii  —  Sen. Barack Obama won 2,258 votes, or 77 percent, to Sen. Hillary Clinton's 666 votes, or 23 percent, with 26 of 347 precincts reporting, Hawai'i Democratic party officials announced just before 9:30 p.m. There were long lines and some confusion …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Now For Hillary?  —  The final number looks like a double digit win (the spread is currently 11 points and the current delegate split is 13-8, and likely to be around 42-32 at the end) win for Obama.  That is bad for Clinton.  But the bad news comes from two other results.
Discussion: Bang the Drum, The Ruckus and INSTAPUTZ
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Landslide Win For Obama In Hawaii Democratic Presidential Caucuses
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wisconsin exits: Big night for Obama?  —  Mike Allen emails:
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Wisconsin Results Thread—Obama Wins  —  96% Reporting, 74 pledged delegates at stake  —  Update 8: I'm taking a break: OK, the results don't seem to be changing much anymore, so I am going to take a break until the Hawaii caucus starts tonight at 12:30 a.m., eastern.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
NO SILVER LINING FOR HILLARY  —  A couple of things jump out from tonight's Wisconsin results.  —  First, despite polls showing a relatively close race, Obama looks likely to have a final winning margin in the double digits.  In other words, not close at all.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Another Enormous Win As The Obama Firestorm Closes In On The Clinton Firewall  —  And so voters in yet another primary state that Hillary Clinton never took seriously enough in her march to inevitability have added more fuel to Barack Obama's improbable quest, putting her a step closer to possible electoral oblivion.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Voters Give Obama Decisive Victory
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:   Whitman for Vice President?
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Obama, McCain Win Wisconsin Primaries
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
CNN: “We're EXTRA Fair and Balanced For Communist Dictators!”
New York Times:
John McCain's Feb. 19 Speech  —  The following is the text as prepared for delivery of Senator John McCain's speech to supporters after the Feb. 19 Wisconsin primary, as provided his presidential campaign.  —  Thank you, my friends, for your support and dedication to our campaign.
New York Times:   Hillary Clinton's Feb. 19 Speech
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
Bush is No ‘Father Christmas of Africa’; It is He Who Needs Us!  —  True, the jubilation that has greeted President Bush in Africa is an impressive sight.  But as one notes by reading this op-ed article from today's edition of the Ghanaian Chronicle, not all Africans welcome him as a Great White God.
Discussion: Political Machine
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap  —  CLEVELAND - Hillary Rodham Clinton says reporters, not her campaign, uncovered evidence of Democratic rival Barack Obama sharing speech lines with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.  —  She made the claim Tuesday despite the fact her campaign posted video clips …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
It Is Over  —  Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin.  The race is over.  Hillary is finished.  The Clinton Restoration is over.  President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over.  Hillary's electability is over.
Juan Cole:
Musharraf's Party Roundly Defeated; Fundamentalist Coalition Collapses in NWFP; PPP Likely to Form Next Government  —  Pakistan held its elections on Monday, which are fateful for the future of the country and also probably for the Bush-Cheney foreign policy.
Angelica Martinez / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wilkes sentenced to 12 years in prison  —  SAN DIEGO - Brent Wilkes, the Poway defense contractor who federal prosecutors contend was the mastermind behind the largest congressional bribery scheme in history, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday.  —  With his daughter crying behind him …
Discussion: NPR Blogs and Roger Ailes
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Small Donations Add Up for Obama  —  CHICAGO — A cluster of cramped cubicles, tucked away in a rear corner of Senator Barack Obama's campaign headquarters here, serves as the heart of a fund-raising machine that has reshaped the calculus of the 2008 election.
Discussion: The RBC
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins  —  Until I came across this article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, which I regard as factual — with all that that implies — the questions about Obama's background that should have come naturally never quite rose to the surface of my mind.  Barack Obama is the new man, of course.
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Big News from Baghdad  —  ABC News' Clarissa Ward reports that: … A potentially big moment indeed.  We are now seeing extraordinary security gains from the last year translate into both political reconciliation and legislative progress.  Within the last week the Iraqi parliament passed key laws having …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Clinton ad: 'She's worked the night shift, too.'  —  (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is reaching out to blue-collar voters with a new ad that says she can empathize with the travails of the night shift.  —  “You pour coffee, fix hair, you work the night shift at the local hospital …
Discussion: Too Sense
Pat Bigold / Chicago Tribune:
Obama draw may boost Hawaii turnout  —  HONOLULU - With Barack Obama, a native of Hawaii, locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, Tuesday's caucuses here are expected to draw record crowds.  —  “My cell phone bill has doubled and my e-mails …
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama Discovers His Inner Wonk
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New York Times:
Tape Inquiry: Ex-Spymaster in the Middle
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Triumph of Narrative  —  Of all the things Barack Obama …
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