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4:20 PM ET, February 21, 2008


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Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
The Long Run-Up  —  Behind the Bombshell in ‘The New York Times.’  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  'Charlie's Horse,' by S.V. Date (2/6/08)  —  Last night, around dinnertime, The New York Times posted on its website a 3,000-word investigation detailing Senator John McCain's connections to a telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman.
The Politico:
Rush, right rally to McCain  —  Rush Limbaugh, who has been critical of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), embraced him today now that they have a common enemy: The New York Times.  —  Limbaugh and other conservative commentators rushed to defend McCain on Thursday against a potentially damaging article …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
John Weaver Speaks  —  John Weaver, a former senior aide to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the man in the middle of maelstrom surrounding the Arizona senator's relationship (or lack thereof) with lobbyist Vicki Iseman, just spoke to The Fix in an attempt to clarify his role in all of this.
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Romney Camp Laments  —  ABC News' John Berman Reports: The remnants of the Romney campaign are shaking their heads this morning.  —  For months they were whispering about a New York Times investigation into John McCain's ties to a certain lobbyist.  —  They would poke and prod reporters …
Matthew Yglesias:
A Real Story  —  Mark Kleiman points out that the AP's version of the of the Vicky Iseman story has less innuendo, but a clearer explanation of actual misconduct: … Basically, in exchange for money and freebies, McCain sought to intervene in a federal regulatory process in favor of a company …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The RBC and
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
About That Times Story On McCain's Relationship  —  Let's try a little experiment.  Let's take the meat of the big New York Times story and substitute the words “Dem Presidential Hopeful” for “John McCain”: … If these words had appeared on the front page of The New York Times …
THE ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ AND THE JOHN MCCAIN SEX SCANDAL STORY  —  The New York Times began reporting its story about John McCain's relationship with Vicki Iseman after two sources told its reporters that McCain had had an affair with the lobbyist for many months, and that McCain's wife had become aware of the relationship.
Greg Mitchell / Pressing Issues:
‘NYT’ Editor Keller defends story — and its timing  —  In the wake of denials by Sen. John McCain of certain claims in The New York Times' bombshell story on his links to a female lobbyist, the paper's Executive Editor Bill Keller released this statement today received by E&P: “On the substance, we think the story speaks for itself.
McCain uses Times article to fundraise
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Adviser: Iseman's Claims Were “Alarming”
Discussion: Hot Air
Megan McArdle:
Ise, Ise baby . . .  Mark Kleiman links to the AP story on John McCain …
Discussion: The Page and The RBC
The Politico:
Right rallies to McCain's side
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Horses Mouth and The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder:
A Scenario Develops: Blame Weaver
Discussion: TIME
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Denies Aides' Statements About Lobbyist
Discussion: The Politico and Firedoglake
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Primary  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama won the Democrats Abroad global primary in results announced Thursday, giving him 11 straight victories in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The Illinois senator won the primary in which Democrats living …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama wins Democrats Abroad contest
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 …
Slobodan Lekic / Associated Press:
Belgrade's US Embassy set on fire  —  BELGRADE, Serbia - Serb rioters set fire to an office inside the U.S. Embassy Thursday and police clashed with protesters outside other embassy buildings after a large demonstration against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HOW WE LIVE NOW.  —  a great essay on the need to think about the impacts of driving far beyond the simple fact of tailpipe exhaust.  I was particularly struck by this: … And denser areas are also more livable.  They're more walkable, which is shown to make people healthier, and more social, which is shown to make them happier.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and UrbanGrounds
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Has Slim Edge Over McCain, Half Would Never Vote for Clinton  —  If American voters were casting their ballot today, Democrat Barack Obama would have a slight advantage over Republican John McCain in the race for the White House, while McCain would narrowly edge out Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Huckabee's wife takes a breather at a Vegas fight, rests at Hooters  —  What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas - especially if you're the wife of a presidential candidate.  Just ask Janet Huckabee, who attended a middleweight prize fight this past weekend in Las Vegas - where she stayed at the Hooters Casino Hotel.
Discussion: You Decide 08!
Senators' emergency landing in Afghanistan  —  Kerry, Biden, Hagel all safe; snowstorm forced unscheduled stop  —  WASHINGTON - Helicopters carrying three senior U.S. senators made emergency landings Thursday in the mountains of Afghanistan because of a snowstorm.
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
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Boston Globe:
Romney spent $42.3m of own money
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 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
“Associates” = “Lobbyists”?  —  Here is the most explosive graph from the Times story:
San Francisco Chronicle:
NOTE TO READERS  —  Beginning next week, the paper …
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Paul reactivates GOP candidacy, vows to fight this year and beyond
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Discussion: The Belmont Club and Fox News
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
More Americans Are Giving Up Golf
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Lessig wants to build a “creative commons in Congress”
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years
Discussion: Don Surber and Wake up America
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
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