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2:10 PM ET, February 22, 2008


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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 …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Hole in McCain's Defense?  —  An apparent contradiction in his response to lobbyist story.  —  A sworn deposition that Sen. John McCain gave in a lawsuit more than five years ago appears to contradict one part of a sweeping denial that his campaign issued this week to rebut a New York Times story …
The Big Blog:
Why we didn't run the McCain story  —  I chose not to run the New York Times story on John McCain in Thursday's P-I, even though it was available to us on the New York Times News Service.  I thought I'd take a shot at explaining why.  —  To me, the story had serious flaws.
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 …
CNN:   Ex-McCain aide: Times report ‘implausible’
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Fact, Fiction, Fickleness, and Fanaticism
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Congressman Charged in Land Deal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Rick Renzi has been indicted for extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges related to a land deal in Arizona.  —  A 26-page federal indictment unsealed in Arizona accuses Renzi and two former business partners …
Arizona GOP lawmaker indicted  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted Friday on multiple federal charges, law enforcement sources tell CNN.  —  In a 35-count indictment handed up by a grand jury in Arizona, Renzi is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering extortion and insurance fraud.
Discussion: Macsmind
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Congressman charged in land deal
Atrios / Eschaton:
Oh My  —  Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) indicted.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and War and Piece
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.
Clinton faces claims of borrowed language
Discussion: The Daily Dish and KnoxViews
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
If Obama Went 0-for-10 . . .
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Stuart Koehl / Weekly Standard:
Obama Heard Wrong  —  There is a lot about Obama's story that makes no sense.  Let us start with the opening line: … Well, captains command companies, not rifle platoons.  A rifle platoon is normally commanded by a 2nd lieutenant, sometimes (if short handed) by a senior sergeant.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama once visited '60s radicals  —  In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district's influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
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.”
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
Huckabee: A Deadlocked Convention is My Goal  —  Insurgent Republican giving up dream of winning in primaries  —  In an interview with 1200 WOAI news during his swing through Texas, longshot Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee outlined a strategy which has him not winning …
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Obama: is America ready for this dangerous leftwinger?  —  Listen to the rhetoric of Barack Obama ...  For most ordinary Americans, those not encumbered with an expensive education or infected by prolonged exposure to cosmopolitan heterodoxy, patriotism is a consequence of birth.
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 …
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Reuters' Sadr Story Vanishes  —  Reuters, the news agency with a policy forbidding the word “terrorist” from their stories and a penchant for printing doctored photos as evidence of Israeli aggression, has done it again.  —  Yesterday, Reuters posted a story entitled “Sadr Expected to End Truce” …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Reuters
White House:
Press Gaggle by Scott Stanzel  —  MR. STANZEL: Good morning, everyone.  I was going to say, for those of you who have been traveling, welcome back — but I'm not sure if we have anyone — you're all well rested.  —  I'll go through the President's schedule today and then take your questions, and I can do the week ahead at the end.
Discussion: First Draft
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Ben Fox / Associated Press:
Ex-Prosecutor at Gitmo to Aid Defense
Discussion: Harper's and The Newshoggers
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LAST WEEK I argued that no one actually thinks their own taxes are too low.
Discussion: 11D, The RBC and Crooked Timber
Matthew Yglesias:
Free Market Iceland
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
Hillary: Seat Michigan, Florida Delegates
Karl / protein wisdom:
Rick Ellensburg and all of his socks upset over House GOP video
Discussion: Redstate
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Fidel Castro: I'm ready for a vacation
Matthew Yglesias:
The Party of Terror  —  This little GOP web video about …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Is Nader planning a Sunday announcement?
Discussion: Salon and Flopping Aces
 Earlier Items: 
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Schuyler Dixon / Associated Press:
Police officer escorting Clinton dies
Daniel Barbarisi / Providence Journal:
Clinton campaign tells Cicilline to stay away when she's in R.I.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
CBS News:
GOP Operative: Rove Sought To Smear Dem
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Democrats Dug In For Retreat
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Markus Becker / Spiegel Online:
Iran Could Have Enough Uranium for a Bomb by Year's End

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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Sources: NBC has demanded Donald Trump's campaign remove a video with audio deceptively edited to seem like it's from an NBC reporter after the third GOP debate

Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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