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11:30 AM ET, February 23, 2008


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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Gathers Support and Donations in Aftermath of Article in The Times  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Senator John McCain declared the battle over on Friday morning, but by then his lieutenants believed he had already won the war.  —  Conservative radio talk show hosts who had long reviled Mr. McCain …
Washington Post:
McCain Disputed On 1999 Meeting  —  Broadcaster Lowell “Bud” Paxson yesterday contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson's behalf.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
McCain's Cronies: Ya Gotta Have Friends
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Hold Fast
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
McConnell/Mukasey: Eavesdropping outside of FISA is “illegal”  —  The White House yesterday escalated its most brazen, Orwellian campaign of the last eight years — shrilly accusing House Democrats of jeopardizing the nation's security by allowing the Protect America Act to expire even though it's …
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Spy Law Lapse Blamed for Lost Information  —  Some Telecom Firms Not Cooperating for Fear of Liability, U.S. Says  —  The Bush administration said yesterday that the government “lost intelligence information” because House Democrats allowed a surveillance law to expire last week …
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dems' FISA Thriller: 3, .. 2, .. 1 .. The Constitution Is Saved!
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bang the Drum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BUSH PENTAGON  —  It would appear that we have another case where the Bush Pentagon, particularly the Office of Public Affairs is forcefully inserting itself into the civilian election process.  Earlier today I referenced Barack Obama's anecdote from Thursday night's Democratic debate …
Cristi Allen / Decision Analyst:
Obama leading Clinton in Texas, according to Feb. 20 and 21 statewide survey by Decision Analyst  —  Arlington, Texas (Feb 21, 2008)— Barack Obama has a double digit lead over Hillary Clinton in Texas, according to a statewide survey of 678 registered voters planning to vote in the March 4 Democratic Primary.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
No Longer in Race, Richardson Is a Man Pursued  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Lots of people are calling Gov. Bill Richardson these days, “just to check in.”  —  Barack Obama calls every three days or so.  He called on Friday of last week, but Mr. Richardson was tied up with the Legislature …
Discussion: Althouse
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Homeowners Losing Equity Lines  —  As House Values Fall, Some Banks Withdraw Credit  —  In one brief phone call, Nancy Corazzi's lender yanked away what was left of the $95,000 home equity line of credit that she and her husband took out five months ago.  —  The lender informed …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
John Nichols / The Nation:
FEINGOLD: “I VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA”...  Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, a progressive icon who briefly considered seeking the Democratic presidential nomination himself, said he voted in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary for Barack Obama.  —  Asked directly about his choice, Feingold answered directly.
Sean Callebs / CNN:
Obama takes heat for skipping State of the Black Union  —  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — The annual State of the Black Union forum boasts a number of famous names as it gets under way in New Orleans, but this year's event is getting much more attention for who won't be there.
Associated Press:
Rice says no interest in veep spot  —  WASHINGTON - Condoleezza Rice's name on the Republican ticket is a dream to some, but not a reality she can see happening.  —  The secretary of State told reporters Friday she will not be a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming election.
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The False and the Absurd  —  As if the liberal establishment media isn't already embarrassed enough by the bizarrely thin New York Times hatchet job against John McCain, now 60 Minutes comes along to run with an even less documented, and frankly far less believable hatchet job against Karl Rove — without even asking Rove to respond!
Paul Krugman:
Demon ethanol  —  I'm almost never censored at the Times.  However, I was told that I couldn't use the lede I originally wrote for my column following the 2007 State of the Union address, in which Bush made ethanol the centerpiece of his energy strategy: “Before the State of the Union address …
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Ethanol Demand in U.S. Adds to Food, Fertilizer Costs
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Colin Brown / The Independent:
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Dalton Conley / New York Times:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
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