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6:40 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 and MyDD
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 …
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
Discussion: The Ruckus
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly: “I don't want to go on a lynching party against …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   O'Reilly's “Lynching Party” and Michelle Obama
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama camp slams Clinton ‘lunacy’  —  Obama campaign manager David Plouffe argued to reporters Wednesday that the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign has virtually no hope of moving ahead in the delegate count after the climactic Texan and Ohio primaries two weeks from now.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
McCain Blasts Obama for Bush's Attacks in Pakistan:Updated with video
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
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  —  On a conference call, top strategist Mark Penn just told reporters that in the next two weeks Hillary Clinton will go after Barack Obama on the issue of who is better qualified to be commander-in-chief — and Penn suggested that Clinton …
Discussion: The Caucus, Commentary and Hot Air
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama dangerously slow on counterattacks  —  It may be too little too late, but Hillary Clinton may have been onto 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.”
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
INVISIBILITY....When I first read this I thought it sounded very cool:
Discussion: Unfogged
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
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 and TIME
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Hillarymandias  —  We continue our coverage of Hillary's Wisconsin Wipeout: … Many thanks to BumperStickerist, who is writing for the ages.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
Thomas W. /
TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Texas May Be Hillary's Last Chance
Bill Clinton: Texas Could Be Hillary's Last Stand
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Radar
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Air Force Continues to Make My Case
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Change To Win Considers Obama Endorsement
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Obamamania verges on obsession
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Stop The ACLU
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
STRAIGHT TALK.  —  So McCain is now promising “no new taxes.”
Cecilia M. Vega / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mayor's climate aide gets $160,000 a year
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008
Discussion: Gothamist
Historical Standards / The Daily Dish:
Environmentalism, The Politics Of Fear, And The Search For Meaning
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mosque threatened, Muslim group says
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Obama Delusion  —  It's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama.