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3:50 PM 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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pro-Hillary 527's first spot  —  “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
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.
Discussion: The Fix, Los Angeles Times and MyDD
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:   Clinton's New 527 Will Backfire. A Drummer Explains Why.
Matthew Yglesias:
Discussion: The New Republic and The Reaction
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Website Set Up By Clinton Campaign To Seek Democratic Convention …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Another Obama supporter can't name anything Obama has actually done
Discussion: Alarming News and Riehl World View
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wow: Hillary already touting Matthews's “name one accomplishment” …
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
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.
Byron York / The Corner:
Penn: Hillary Will Mount a Commander-In-Chief Offensive
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly: “I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels"  —  During the February 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly took a call from a listener who said of Michelle Obama …
Discussion: Salon and D-Day
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly: “I don't want to go on a lynching party against …
Discussion: James Wolcott's Blog
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   O'Reilly's “Lynching Party” and Michelle Obama
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: protein wisdom and Spin Cycle
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton backer: “Yes we can? Give me a break.”
Discussion: NO QUARTER and RealClearPolitics
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.
The Campaign Spot:
“Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual.”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Obama not yet wise to Freak Show
Los Angeles Times:
McCain blasts Obama as ‘naive’  —  Sen. John McCain, here at news conference in Ohio with his wife and former Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine, was asked why he was targeting Obama rather than New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.  He said that he would be happy to run against either Democrat.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
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.
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 Open Left
Cecilia M. Vega / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mayor's climate aide gets $160,000 a year  —  In his quest to make San Francisco the greenest city in the nation, Mayor Gavin Newsom recently created a $160,000-a-year job for a senior aide and gave him the ambitious-sounding title of director of climate protection initiatives.
Discussion: Megan McArdle and
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