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7:10 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 …
Transcript: Howard Dean On John McCain And The Republican ‘Culture Of Corruption’  —  Q: I want to welcome Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  Welcome, Chairman Dean. … Q: So there is big news about John McCain — the story that is in 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 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 …
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 …
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.
The Politico:
McCain raising money off NYT story
Discussion: Think Progress
The Story Is the Drive-By Media Turning on Its Favorite Maverick
Discussion: Salon
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Liberal blogs skeptical of Times' McCain story
Glenn Hurowitz / The Huffington Post:
Stakes Soar After McCain Denial
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
About Bill Keller's Defense Of McCain Story
Discussion: Washington Monthly, MSNBC and TalkLeft
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 …
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: Weekly Standard and Megan McArdle
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TX 2/20 - Pre-debate  —  Ran a poll Feb 20 using a new turnout model.  Anyone who claims to know what Democratic turnout will be is lying, but analysis of earlier contests indicates many new primary voters resulting in higher proportions of women, African-American and younger voters.
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Clinton, Obama set for Texas showdown
Discussion: TalkLeft, Reason Magazine and Wonkette
Matthew Yglesias:
A Real Story  —  Mark Kleiman points out that the AP's version …
Discussion: OxBlog and TalkLeft
Megan McArdle:
Ise, Ise baby . . .  Mark Kleiman links to the AP story on John McCain …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Slobodan Lekic / Associated Press:
Belgrade's US Embassy set on fire  —  BELGRADE, Serbia - Serb rioters broke into the U.S. Embassy and set fire to an office Thursday, and police clashed with protesters outside after a large demonstration against Kosovo's declaration of independence.  —  The embassy said a charred body was found in the embassy after the attack.
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
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.
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 …
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on polling conducted Feb. 18-20, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are now tied in national Democratic presidential preferences, based on Feb. 18-20 Gallup Poll Daily tracking.  —  The latest three-day average finds Clinton favored …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama lawyer warns of “reckoning” for Clinton 527 donors and staff  —  Obama lawyer Bob Bauer reiterated the charges made in a memo yesterday (after the jump) that the new pro-Clinton 527, the American Leadership, is breaking the law and warned that donors and aides to the group …
Discussion: The Swamp
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The Campaign Spot:
Michelle Obama: ‘Every Woman That I Know... Is Struggling to Keep Her Head Above Water.’
Corrie MacLaggan / Austin American-Statesman:
UT, CNN prepare for presidential debate in Austin
Discussion: MSNBC
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Obama, Dem Disaster?
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
It's Not Over Till It's Over...  Peter Robinson and I still …
Noel Sheppard /
Inconvenient Fact: Times Sex Scandal Writer's Left-wing Connection
San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP lobbyist had no work permit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A pro-Hillary online effort
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Consultant spending saps Clinton campaign
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TEFLON JOHN  —  (ed.note: The first draft of this post was written …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland, Daily Kos and MyDD
Senators' emergency landing in Afghanistan
Marc Ambinder:
A Scenario Develops: Blame Weaver
Discussion: The Corner
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Union group: Clinton may need to exit soon
Boston Globe:
Romney spent $42.3m of own money
Marc Ambinder:
“Associates” = “Lobbyists”?  —  Here is the most explosive graph from the Times story:
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HOW WE LIVE NOW.  —  a great essay on the need to think about …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years
Discussion: Wake up America and Don Surber