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9:30 AM ET, February 22, 2008


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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.
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 ...
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 …
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Hillary Plays Texas Hold-Em— Obama Gets Nutty (Video)
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Argghhh!
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
An Actual Debate!  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and I Am TRex
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Xerox Candidate  —  I'm not watching the Democratic debate …
New York Times:
The McCain Article  —  A recent New York Times article examined a number of decisions by Senator John McCain that raised questions about his judgment over potential conflicts of interest.  The article included reporting on Mr. McCain's relationship with a female lobbyist whose clients often …
Washington Post:
FEC Warns McCain on Campaign Spending  —  The nation's top federal election official told Sen. John McCain yesterday that he cannot immediately withdraw from the presidential public financing system as he had requested, a decision that threatens to dramatically restrict his spending until …
The Politico:
McCain turns tables on Times
Discussion: Washington Post, MSNBC and Pat Dollard
David Brooks / New York Times:
The McCain World Rift
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Transcript: Howard Dean On John McCain And The Republican ‘Culture Of Corruption’
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain denial was believable, says focus group
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Try a Little Tenderness  —  Barack Obama's biggest draw is not his eloquence.  When you watch an Obama speech, you lean forward and listen and think, That's good.  He's compelling, I like the way he speaks.  And afterward all the commentators call him “impossibly eloquent” and say “he gave me thrills and chills.”
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Yahoo! News:
Exclusive: U.S. urges Pakistanis to keep Musharraf, despite election defeat  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _The Bush administration is pressing the opposition leaders who defeated Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to allow the former general to retain his position, a move that Western diplomats …
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 …
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
Media Start Falling Out of Love With Obama: Margaret Carlson
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
Democratic Debate in Austin, Tex.  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic debate in Austin, Tex., sponsored by CNN and Univision, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:  —  CAMPBELL BROWN, CNN  —  JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION
Markus Becker / Spiegel Online:
Iran Could Have Enough Uranium for a Bomb by Year's End  —  New simulations carried out by European Union experts come to an alarming conclusion: Iran could have enough highly enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb by the end of this year.  —  Could Iran be building an atomic bomb?
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Hot Air
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
OBAMA SHOOTING HIMSELF IN THE FOOT WITH ANTI-GUN STANCE  —  Barack Obama will have a big problem attracting the blue-collar white voters he needs to win the presidency, writes Bob Owens: they like guns and he wants to take their guns away.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Never mind Iraq.  Just end the ‘war on terror.’  —  Using bold rhetoric that often makes his followers rapturous, Barack Obama has declared over and over that he will be the president of “change.”  But is Obama brave enough to bring about a really radical change?
New York Times:
Clinton Donors Worried by Campaign's Spending  —  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.
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Report: Rove Wanted Dirt on Alabama Gov.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Republican campaign worker claims that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, asked her to find evidence that the Democratic governor of Alabama at the time was cheating on his wife, according to an upcoming broadcast of “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Harper's and Think Progress
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Axelrod on Afghanistan  —  In the spin room after the debate …
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Kosovo and the Rise of the Humanitarian Hawks
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Obama once visited '60s ‘terrorists’
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Defining Victory Downward
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Past Texas party chair, superdelegate Slagle opts for Clinton
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Marc Ambinder:
A Final Thought On Tonight's Debate
New York Times:
Rescues for Homeowners in Debt Weighed
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Joshua Molina / CNN:
Utah students hide guns, head to class
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GOP politics in a nutshell