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9:30 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Voters Give Obama Decisive Victory  —  McCain Easily Defeats Huckabee in Republican Race  —  Sen. Barack Obama won the Wisconsin Democratic primary decisively last night, extending his winning streak to nine consecutive contests and dealing another significant blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Faithful Progressive
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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
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
CNN:
Clinton ad: 'She's worked the night shift, too.'
Discussion: Too Sense
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary On Her Last Legs  —  Hillary Clinton took an unexpected beating …
Discussion: The Ruckus
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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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
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   The Day After  —  It looks even worse for Hillary Clinton.
Marc Ambinder:
Pro-Clinton 527 Prepares For Ohio, PA and Texas
Discussion: Reason Magazine
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama surges past Clinton in Democratic race
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Landslide Win For Obama In Hawaii Democratic Presidential Caucuses
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Name That Accomplishment!  —  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.
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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.
Discussion: Pensito Review and NewsBusters.org
Babalu Blog:
CNN: Be kind to castro  —  Michael Graham, blogging at The Natural Truth, brings us this disgusting but not surprising story about how CNN coached its anchors to treat the subject of fidel castro in an early morning email today.  —  I can now confirm independently that not only did such an email go out, here it is in its entirety:
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Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
CNN: “We're EXTRA Fair and Balanced For Communist Dictators!”
Discussion: Babalu Blog and NewsBusters.org
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Not Buying It  —  Michelle Obama's comments about her pride in America have apparently put her husband on the defensive.  Barack Obama tried to spin the comments made by Mrs. Obama in Milwaukee on Monday as relating only to politics, but the quote speaks for itself:
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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Associated Press:
Obama Defends Wife on Matter of Pride
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and The Ruckus
Star Bulletin:
Obama takes Hawaii in a landslide  —  Huge turnout overwhelms Democrats  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won a landslide victory in the state of his birth last night as an unprecedented turnout at the Hawaii Democratic caucus overwhelmed precinct volunteers and party officials.
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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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wisconsin exits: Big night for Obama?  —  Mike Allen emails:
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
NO SILVER LINING FOR HILLARY
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Speech  —  Unlike most everyone else, I thought Obama's speech last night was pretty uninspiring and not particularly well delivered.  In the end it was too long and boring.  But I have heard it all before.  While some, like Ezra Klein, think Obama scored a coup by “stepping on Clinton's speech,” I saw nothing new in that.
New York Sun:
Chicken Pristina  —  “Freedom is not the same as independence.  Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism.  They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The RBC
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
 
 
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StrategyPage:
Reinforcing Failure  —  The presence of NATO troops …
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Obama's victory speech in Houston
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Small Donations Add Up for Obama
Discussion: The RBC
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Clear Sailing For Obama?
Discussion: D-Day and Democrats.com
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap
KNTV-TV:
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Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Political Origins