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11:30 AM ET, February 21, 2008


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New York Times:
For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk  —  WASHINGTON — Early in Senator John McCain's first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.  —  A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client's corporate jet.
Washington Post:
McCain's Ties To Lobbyist Worried Aides  —  Aides to Sen. John McCain confronted a telecommunications lobbyist in late 1999 and asked her to distance herself from the senator during the presidential campaign he was about to launch, according to one of McCain's longest-serving political strategists.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE MCCAIN STORY  —  This afternoon, before the Times story came out, I was working on a post about national political reporters' tendency not to give much of any scrutiny to various McCain flipflops, contradictions and bamboozlements.  Obviously, the terrain has changed a bit since …
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain and Iseman  —  Well, The New York Times's article on John McCain's relationship with Vicky Iseman sure did make Mark Salter mad.  It's often unclear at times, however, what exactly Salter is trying to say.  The Times story is a bit odd and innuendo-y, hinting at a sexual relationship between McCain …
Discussion: Eschaton
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Slimes At The Times  —  The New York Times launches its long-awaited smear of John McCain today, and the most impressive aspect of the smear is just how baseless it is.  They basically emulate Page Six at the Post, but add in a rehash of a well-known scandal from twenty years ago to pad it out and make it look more impressive.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Bonus TNR Angle on the McCain Story
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
First-Blush Reaction
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
What's the Quickest Way to Rally Conservatives 'Round McCain?
Discussion: The Swamp and Jules Crittenden
CNN:   McCain denies close relationship with lobbyist
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton camp splits on message  —  A strategist who favors emphasizing strength and experience prevails over advisors who think she should show warmth and empathy.  —  WASHINGTON — Before the Iowa caucuses, senior aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fell into a heated argument during …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Aides Split on How to Take On Obama
Discussion: BBC NEWS and MSNBC
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   It's Not Messaging  —  The Hillary Clinton campaign has cracks …
Washington Post:
As Crucial Tests Loom, Clinton Hits Harder
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Clinton urged to concede to Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Economist
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Missile Defense Works  —  The fruits of missile defense: … This is a major success for the Missile Defense Agency, the successor to Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, and it's going to be a tough pill for the program's critics to swallow.  There have been two recent, successful tests of the missile defense system.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Video of Spy Satellite Getting Shot Down  —  Watch as General Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (and apparently Jack Bauer's older brother) shows how the Aegis missile launches and successfully destroys the rogue spy satellite.  This is a huge success for the Pentagon …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Officials Review Weather to Plan Shooting Down of Satellite
Discussion: Publius Pundit
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's New Vulnerability  —  In campaigns, there are sometimes moments when candidates shift ground, causing the race to change dramatically.  Tuesday night was one of those moments.  —  Hammered for the 10th contest in a row, Hillary Clinton toughened her attacks on Barack Obama …
Byron York / The Corner:
The McCain Counter-Offensive  —  John McCain's lawyer Bob Bennett was on Today this morning and said that the New York Times left significant information out of its story on McCain's dealings with lobbyist Vicki Iseman.  “We provided the New York Times with approximately twelve instances …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Commentary
John McCormick / Baltimore Sun:
Even blowing his nose, Obama gets applause  —  DALLAS - It's probably safe to say that you have arrived as a politician when your audience applauds when you blow your nose.  —  Yes, just a day before a debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama has a head cold.  —  And about a half-hour into a speech here …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years  —  Britain is experiencing the worst “brain drain” of any country as highly qualified professionals settle abroad, an authoritative international study showed yesterday.  —  Record numbers of Britons are leaving - many of them doctors …
Discussion: Don Surber
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Playing the ‘Fair’ Card  —  Judging from complaints by her minions, Hillary Clinton considers it unfair that Barack Obama has been wafted close to the pinnacle of politics by an updraft from the continent-wide swoon of millions of Democrats and much of the media brought on by his Delphic utterances such as “we are the change.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain  —  THE prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty, geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation.  —  Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) …
Discussion: The New Republic
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Lessig wants to build a “creative commons in Congress”  —  Stanford legal theorist Lawrence Lessig isn't throwing his hat into the ring quite yet, but the renowned cyberlawyer has announced that he is seriously considering a run for Congress in response to a fast-growing netroots campaign pushing …
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Ivy League Populism  —  The rhetoric of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton about the sad state of America is reminiscent of the suspect populism of John Edwards, the millionaire lawyer who recently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race.  —  Barack Obama may have gone to exclusive private schools.
Discussion: Power Line
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Rick Stengel / Time:
Should Newspapers Still Be Taking Sides?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
‘What Is There To Debate?’  —  Every time we suggested dropping …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Discussion: Think Progress
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Discussion: Washington Wire
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Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Is John McCain Broke?
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Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
Our Economic Dilemma  —  Although it is too soon to tell whether …
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