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12:40 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.
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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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary On Her Last Legs  —  Hillary Clinton took an unexpected beating …
Discussion: The Ruckus
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blanking on Obama's record
Discussion: Commentary
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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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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA GOES 10-0
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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
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Matthew Yglesias:
Superdelegates
Discussion: The New Republic and The Reaction
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   The Day After  —  It looks even worse for Hillary Clinton.
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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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.
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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.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
At a loss on slowing down Barack  —  WASHINGTON - Finally, there's some happy news for Hillary Clinton: The most abysmal stretch of the primary season for her limping candidacy is over.  Unfortunately, the damage may be irreparable.  —  It's not just that Clinton has been on a February losing streak …
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama surges past Clinton in Democratic race
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
McCain: Weak on Terrorism, Strong on Dictators Who Exploit the U.S.  —  Juan Cole unpacks McCain's Pakistan comments from last night over at Informed Comment.  As the kids say, read the whole thing.  But, really, let's get into this: … Obama said that if he had actionable intelligence …
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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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Speech  —  Unlike most everyone else, I thought Obama's speech …
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