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1:15 PM ET, February 20, 2008


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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.
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:
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Voters Give Obama Decisive Victory
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama campaign: Clinton would need to win big
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Ruckus
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Website Set Up By Clinton Campaign To Seek Democratic Convention …
Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama 74% vs. Clinton 25% in Hawaii
Matthew Yglesias:
Discussion: The New Republic and The Reaction
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   The Day After  —  It looks even worse for Hillary Clinton.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama not yet wise to Freak Show  —  It may be too little too late, but Hillary Clinton may have been on to something with her warning to Democrats last night.  —  Only one of us, she said about her and Barack Obama at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, is “ready to defeat the Republicans.”
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 M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
At a loss on slowing down Barack
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.
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary's Youngstown Speech and NAFTA  —  Since the networks cut it off, here's the text of Hillary's new speech delivered in Youngstown, Ohio last night.  —  It seems to me the most prominent issue in the campaigns is now NAFTA and that it will be as important in Ohio as it was in Wisconsin.
Hillary's Remarks at the Solutions for America Event in Youngstown, Ohio
Discussion: The Ruckus
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did McCain's Win Doom Their November Strategy?  —  The Washington Post reports that John McCain's unexpected rise from the politically dead has created a big problem for the Democrats.  They saw an opportunity to win the presidency by turning the interior West into a blue zone …
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Lights at Night Are Linked to Breast Cancer  —  Study Bolsters Theory About Interference With Production of Key Hormone  —  Women who live in neighborhoods with large amounts of nighttime illumination are more likely to get breast cancer than those who live in areas where nocturnal darkness prevails …
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.
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Jim Manzi / The Daily Dish:
Free to Choose  —  Ramesh has a great series of posts …
Discussion: The Corner
New York Post:
STRICTLY CASH  —  ANN Coulter suffered a serious embarrassment …
Marc Ambinder:
HRC Campaign: Obama Is Frontrunner
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Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Will Obama Fight For The Democratic Party?
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Canadian Press:
NBC reprimands employee for using picture of bin Laden behind Obama story
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Will Of The People: Caucuses Vs. Primaries
Discussion: The Ruckus and PSoTD
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Speech  —  Unlike most everyone else, I thought Obama's speech …
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Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
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