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8:45 PM ET, February 22, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Obama's Army Anecdote  —  At last night's debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told an anecdote about an Army captain that is causing a lot of chatter in the political world.  —  Obama was making a point about what he called “the single …
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Associated Press:
Fact check: Obama's platoon story  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama says the war in Iraq, which he opposes, has pulled troops away from Afghanistan and left soldiers there without proper equipment.  —  He underscored his point in the Democratic debate Thursday by telling a story …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and protein wisdom
Matthew Yglesias:
Platoon  —  Conservatives have been all over Barack Obama (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here) for telling the following anecdote during last night's debate: … Basically, as you can see if you check the conservative blogs above …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and You Decide 08!
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama's Captain Speaks  —  Although his identity is withheld.  —  Jake Tapper spoke to the guy, and he claims to find him credible.  He re-tells Obama's tale.  —  Still sounds like bulls**t, but here's what the guy's saying. … This continues sounding like pure bulls**t …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Warner Questions Obama's Story  —  Senator John Warner sent a letter to Barack Obama this afternoon regarding his comments during last night's debate alleging ammunition and other equipment shortages in Afghanistan.  Warner refers to Obama's comments as “a disturbing framework of factual allegations.”
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and Political Punch
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
ABC interviews Obama's Army source for last night's ammo shortage …
Phillip Carter / intel-dump.com:
Obama And The 39-Man Rifle Platoon
Discussion: New York Times
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:   “Sent to Iraq”  —  I've received tons of e-mail about Obama's …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
US Troops Scavenging Weapons?
Discussion: QandO
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OOPS ...  I was wondering when we'd hear from Isikoff on this McCain business.  (Remember, he was one of the other reporters in the hunt, one or more of whom seems to have prompted the Times to pull the trigger.)  It seems that one of McCain's sweeping denials from that presser yesterday morning …
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.
Matthew Philips / Newsweek:
McCain's ‘Free Ride’
New York Times:
The McCain Article  —  A recent New York Times article examined …
Stephen Singer / Associated Press:
Lieberman defends McCain from suggestion of improper relationship
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and DownWithTyranny!
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide  —  Michelle Obama's senior year thesis at Princeton University, obtained exclusively from the campaign by Politico, shows a document written by a young woman grappling with a society in which a black Princeton alumnus might only be allowed to remain “on the periphery.”
Matt / Think Progress:
Coburn: ‘I Think It Was Probably A Mistake Going To Iraq’  —  During a town hall meeting in Muskogee, Oklahoma this past weekend, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) admitted that it was “a mistake” for the United States to invade Iraq in 2003.  “I will tell you personally that I think it was probably …
Discussion: Hold Fast and The Seminal
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Tulsa World:   Coburn declines to elaborate on Iraq War statement
Jack Douglas Jr / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Secret Service defends security at Obama rally in Dallas  —  JLD@STAR-TELEGRAM.COM … FORT WORTH — The U.S. Secret Service on Friday defended its handling of security during a massive rally in downtown Dallas for Barack Obama, saying there was no “lapse” in its “comprehensive and layered security plan …
Discussion: Pandagon, Wonkette and Preemptive Karma
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UPI:   Secret Service says Obama rally was secure
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.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: The Obamas Are Unpatriotic Liberal Snobs
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Nuclear Agency Confronts Iran With Evidence on Weapons  —  WASHINGTON — The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that it had confronted Iran for the first time with evidence supplied by the United States and other countries that strongly suggested the country had experimented …
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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 …
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
Hillary: Seat Michigan, Florida Delegates  —  I just finished a thirty-minute interview with Hillary Clinton — it will air statewide next week, just before the Texas primary, on “Texas Monthly Talks” — and among the topics we discussed was the controversy over whether the Michigan …
CNN:
Clinton faces claims of borrowed language  —  (CNN) - Hillary Clinton - whose campaign has spent the past several days pointing to instances of borrowed language in the speeches of rival Barack Obama - is being accused of lifting words from one very familiar politician: her own husband, former President Bill Clinton.
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Megan McArdle:
Crooked Timber » » McMuddled  —  Henry Farrell fires back with the delightfully titled McMuddled: … We seem to be talking at cross purposes.  Henry seems to be treating tax revenue, rather than the things it purchases, as the collective action problem.
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Debate Points  —  I thought the debate was quite good last night.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush admin: U.S. has ‘lost intelligence’
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Jason Szep / Reuters:
McCain hopes Castro to “meet Marx soon”
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Nader to discuss election plans
Los Angeles Times:
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Daily Texan:
Endorsement: Time to clean house
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Ray Robison / American Thinker:
Speaker Pelosi and the New York Times' Blind Eye
Matthew Yglesias:
The Party of Terror  —  This little GOP web video about …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Reuters' Sadr Story Vanishes
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CBS News:
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