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2:30 PM ET, February 23, 2008


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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 …
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Clinton Slams Obama Tactics  —  CINCINNATI - Accusing the Obama campaign of using tactics “that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook,” Senator Hillary Clinton angrily denounced Senator Barack Obama on Saturday for sending flyers to Ohio voters that she called misleading and false.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and PoliGazette
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama untested, just like Bush was  —  CINCINNATI — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton lashed out at rival Barack Obama today for using a strategy out of “Karl Rove's playbook” by making grandiose speeches of hope while sending Ohioans what she called …
Discussion: The Politico and Too Sense
Washington Wire:   Clinton Draws Bush, Obama Comparisons
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
New York Times vs.  —  John McCain  —  All the rumors fit to print.  —  Shortly after sundown on Wednesday night, the New York Times posted on its website a long story about John McCain, a female lobbyist, and the relationship—professional and perhaps personal—between the two.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
McCain's Favors for Iseman Involved Helping Far Right-Wing Families to Sustain their Shell Companies  —  When I noted that John McCain's lobbyist gal had represented the two networks that would, in 2004, show the anti-Kerry propaganda piece, Stolen Honor, I admitted I didn't know precisely whether …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Files and McCain Letter Show Effort to Keep Loophole
Discussion: Commentary and Needlenose
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health Net ordered to pay $9 million after canceling cancer patient's policy  —  The punitive damage award is the first of its kind and has prompted the giant medical insurer to scrap practices that have recently come under fire.  —  One of California's largest for-profit insurers stopped …
Discussion: Eschaton and On Deadline
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
Insurer that cut client's care fined $9M
Discussion: Wizbang and Mercury Rising
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: Redstate and
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.
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama: Analyzing his stump speeches  —  Yes they are filled with platitudes, but they discuss policy as much as his opponents' speeches do  —  SAN ANTONIO — As Barack Obama's town hall meeting stretched into its second hour, it was clear the candidate wasn't anywhere close to finishing.
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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 …
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Small Vendors Feel Pinch of Clinton's Money Troubles
Discussion: Power Line
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why doesn't negative campaigning work like it used to?
Graham Keeley / Telegraph:
Freed dissidents expose Castro's brutal regime
Michael J. Totten:
The Arabs and Obama  —  (Editor's note: While I'm filling …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Solomonia
David Charter / Times of London:
Piggy banks are given the chop as bank tries to attract young Muslims
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
FOXNews Poll: Who Does Bin Laden Want To Win White House?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Is Huck still running for '08 bid, or '12?
Discussion: The Caucus
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Texas' Perry has Harsh Words for Huckabee
Discussion: Poll Dancing
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
$1.2B B-2 stealth bomber crashes in Guam
Temple Stark /
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 …
Associated Press:
Rice says no interest in veep spot
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
Cristi Allen / Decision Analyst:
Obama leading Clinton in Texas, according to Feb. 20 and 21 …