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11:00 AM 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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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
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:
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
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.
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: DownWithTyranny! and The Ruckus
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary On Her Last Legs  —  Hillary Clinton took an unexpected beating …
Discussion: The Ruckus
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
White men can jump — to Obama
Discussion: The Ruckus and New York Times
CNN:
Clinton ad: 'She's worked the night shift, too.'
Discussion: Too Sense
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.
Discussion: Macsmind
Canadian Press:   NBC reprimands employee for using picture of bin Laden behind Obama story
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 …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   The Day After  —  It looks even worse for Hillary Clinton.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama surges past Clinton in Democratic race
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
At a loss on slowing down Barack
Discussion: MSNBC and Blue Crab Boulevard
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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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hope-A-Dope?  —  Barack Obama has made an incredible run …
Discussion: QandO
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: Firedoglake and Gateway Pundit
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NPR Blogs
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 …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blanking on Obama's record
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Nir Boms / Weekly Standard:
Gaza's New Residents
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Will Of The People: Caucuses Vs. Primaries
Discussion: The Ruckus
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Tab in Scam At Tax Office In D.C. Nears $50 Million
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
McCain's Rise May Upset Democrats' Western Strategy
Discussion: TIME and Newsweek Blogs
Jay Cost / RealClearPolitics:
RealClearPolitics HorseRaceBlog  —  How Obama Won Wisconsin
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Speech  —  Unlike most everyone else, I thought Obama's speech …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Their Deepest, Darkest Discovery
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Law Blog
New York Sun:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The RBC
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Reporter Held in Contempt in Anthrax Case
Juan Cole:
Musharraf's Party Roundly Defeated; Fundamentalist Coalition Collapses …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Big News from Baghdad
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Angelica Martinez / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wilkes sentenced to 12 years in prison
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton fingerprints on plagiarism flap