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3:25 AM ET, February 22, 2008


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Washington Post:
Clinton Has Edge in Ohio; Race in Texas Deadlocked  —  AUSTIN, Feb. 21 — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, facing a pair of big Democratic primary tests on March 4 that could determine the fate of her presidential candidacy, is deadlocked with Sen. Barack Obama here in Texas and holds a slender lead …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: Clinton Up in Ohio, Dead Heat in Texas  —  Obama Leads in Electability in Primaries Critical to Democratic Race  —  Trailing in perceived electability, Hillary Clinton is running in a dead heat with Barack Obama in the Texas Democratic primary and holds a single-digit lead in Ohio …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
An Actual Debate!  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.  —  Just when it looked like the debate between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton would go quietly, the issue of plagiarism brought the two candidates out of their slumber.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, MSNBC and I Am TRex
Clinton, Obama agree to disagree  —  AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton, needing a win in Texas to derail Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, sought Thursday to contrast her opponent's rhetorical skills with what she called her superior ability to govern.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Xerox Candidate  —  I'm not watching the Democratic debate, but I've followed the commentary at The Corner and at The Fix with Chris Cillizza.  I hadn't anticipated putting up any commentary until after the transcript got published by CNN, but one point at The Fix made me laugh out loud.
Associated Press:
Past Texas party chair, superdelegate Slagle opts for Clinton
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the Texas Showdown
Discussion: The Fix
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.
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain denial was believable, says focus group
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:   Ex-McCain aide says he's still loyal
The CNN Democratic presidential debate in Texas  —  This is the transcript of the debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on February 21, 2008 at the University of Texas in Austin.  —  CNN's CAMPBELL BROWN: And the candidates have taken their seats.
Marc Ambinder:
First Take: The Debate Belongs To Obama, But The Best (And) Last Moment Belongs To Hillary  —  Talk about a final answer. … Almost wistful ... acknowledging reality... but forcefully asserting her humanity ... extremely, seemingly, genuine.  —  And at the right time... at the end …
Taylor Marsh:
Clinton Owns Debate Close
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An echo from Hillary  —  Several readers, and Obama's staff, heard an echo in Clinton's closing line, that the candidates on stage would be “fine.”  —  Clinton Tonight: ? … Edwards the December 13 debate: … Some borrowing is fairly normal.  What's been striking about the two Obama moments is that they were almost verbatim.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT LINE  —  I mentioned at the end of my debate blog that the pivot of Hillary's powerful concluding remarks came from Bill Clinton's 92 campaign.  Clinton had various permutations to it back then.  But TPM Reader CG found one example in this November 1992 article by Anna Quindlen ...
Jack Douglas Jr / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Police concerned about order to stop screening  —  DALLAS — Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.
New York Times:
Spending by Clinton Campaign Worries Supporters  —  Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly.  Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000.
Discussion: RADAMISTO and Blue Crab Boulevard
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Consultant spending saps Clinton campaign
Discussion: MyDD and protein wisdom
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Defining Victory Downward  —  Why was President Bush's decision more than a year ago to send another 30,000 troops to Iraq called “the surge”?  I don't know who invented this label, but the word “surge” evokes images of the sea: a wave that sweeps in, and then sweeps back out again.
Marc Ambinder:
A Final Thought On Tonight's Debate  —  This was the night where we all learned that Hillary Clinton understands the moment in history we are in, and that she is smart enough and gracious enough to realize that her party is more important than personal vanity, that there are things she just cannot …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Fix
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
When backing Barack feels like joining a cult  —  I'm an Obama girl and my man throttled Hillary Clinton, again, Tuesday night.  —  Suddenly, the impossible is real.  —  Suddenly, I'm nervous.  Very nervous, actually.  —  I'm nervous because an otherwise normal grownup told …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama once visited '60s ‘Terrorists’
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Never mind Iraq. Just end the ‘war on terror.’
Washington Post:
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Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Debate Once More, and Does It Matter?
Discussion: The Politico
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Rescues for Homeowners in Debt Weighed
Michelle Malkin:
Illegal alien van driver arrested in Minnesota schoolbus tragedy
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Joshua Molina / CNN:
Utah students hide guns, head to class
Discussion: MoJoBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!
Discussion: Althouse
Megan McArdle:
Liveblogging the debate  —  8:08 Hillary is looking chipper and trim …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Liveblogging: The Democratic debate
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GOP politics in a nutshell
The Campaign Spot:
Michelle Obama: ‘Every Woman That I Know... Is Struggling to Keep Her Head Above Water.’
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Obama, Dem Disaster?
Discussion: alicublog and Sadly, No!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama lawyer warns of “reckoning” for Clinton 527 donors and staff
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