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1:30 PM ET, February 23, 2008


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Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Lying Problem  —  It's weird to think of something so random as a ten year-old purchase of a television station in Pittsburgh as posing a major political problem for John McCain, but much more so than other politicians he's made the myth of some kind of preternatural powers of honestness central to his persona.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and D-Day
Emptywheel:   McCain's Favors for Iseman Involved Helping Far Right-Wing Families …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Files and McCain Letter Show Effort to Keep Loophole
Discussion: Needlenose
Washington Post:
McCain Disputed On 1999 Meeting
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
McConnell/Mukasey: Eavesdropping outside of FISA is “illegal”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dems' FISA Thriller: 3, .. 2, .. 1 .. The Constitution Is Saved!
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bang the Drum
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 and RobertEmmet
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Michael Moore says insurance industry would love Clinton's healthcare plan  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) proposal to mandate that all people purchase health insurance would be a boon to the industry, filmmaker Michael Moore said Friday.  —  “Can you imagine, every time Sen. Clinton …
Discussion: and Redstate
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.
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
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.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
In Aftermath of Article, McCain Gathers Donations  —  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 …
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.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
FOXNews Poll: Who Does Bin Laden Want To Win White House? … Of course, it makes perfect sense that bin Laden would want a Muslim to be the next President of the United States of America.  Of course the results of this poll are suspect because al Qaeda already called Obama to congratulate him earlier this week! /snark off
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Charter / Times of London:
Piggy banks are given the chop as bank tries to attract young Muslims  —  Knorbert the piglet has been dropped as the mascot of Fortis Bank after it decided to stop giving piggy banks to children for fear of offending Muslims.  —  The decision has been viewed in the Netherlands …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
Clinton Soldiers On Despite Setbacks  —  » NO VALEDICTORY |  COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 22 — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted Friday that she had not meant to signal surrender when she shook hands with Sen. Barack Obama during their Democratic presidential debate in Austin the night before.
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Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama: Analyzing his stump speeches
Discussion: The Swamp
Graham Keeley / Telegraph:
Freed dissidents expose Castro's brutal regime
John Affleck / Associated Press:
Rocket or mortars hit Baghdad Green Zone
Michael J. Totten:
The Arabs and Obama  —  (Editor's note: While I'm filling …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Solomonia
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Is Huck still running for '08 bid, or '12?
Discussion: The Caucus
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health Net ordered to pay $9 million after canceling cancer patient's policy
Discussion: Eschaton
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Texas' Perry has Harsh Words for Huckabee
Discussion: Poll Dancing
Associated Press:
$1.2B B-2 stealth bomber crashes in Guam
 Earlier Items: 
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2008 Austin Clinton-Obama Democratic debate (TRANSCRIPT)
Did Adolf Hitler draw Disney characters?
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The False and the Absurd  —  As if the liberal establishment media …
Earthquakes are caused by gays - MP
Discussion: The Corner and Gates of Vienna
Colin Brown / The Independent:
Official apology after CIA ‘torture’ jets used UK base
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Arizona's Rep. Renzi Is Indicted In Land Deal
Paul Krugman:
Demon ethanol  —  I'm almost never censored at the Times.