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10:35 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Colin Brown / The Independent:
Official apology after CIA ‘torture’ jets used UK base  —  David Miliband told MPs that two CIA flights landed at the RAF air base on Diego Garcia (above)  —  A British territory in the Indian Ocean was used for American “torture” flights, despite categorical denials of Britain's involvement …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Guardian
Earthquakes are caused by gays - MP  —  AN Israeli politician has blamed a spate of recent earthquakes in the Middle East on gays  —  Shlomo Benizri of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party said the only way to prevent the earthquakes was for parliament to stop liberalising laws concerning homosexuals, AP reported.
Discussion: The Corner and Gates of Vienna
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.”
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Arizona's Rep. Renzi Is Indicted In Land Deal  —  Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) used his position in Congress to influence a federal land-exchange deal, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in payoffs, according to an indictment released yesterday.  —  The 35-count indictment handed …
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
GOP leader presses indicted congressman to resign
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dems' FISA Thriller: 3, .. 2, .. 1 .. The Constitution Is Saved!
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Bang the Drum
Dalton Conley / New York Times:
Go on a Savings Spree  —  CONGRESS has passed and President Bush …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Amanda / Think Progress:
HBO Agrees To Air ‘Taxi To The Dark Side’ …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama once visited '60s radicals
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