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3:24 AM ET, February 8, 2008

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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Romney's Speech Withdrawing From the Race  —  Governor Romney's Address to the Conservative Political Action Committee - February 7, 2008  —  I want to begin by saying thank you.  It's great to be with you again.  And I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future.
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Airs Unhinged Anti-Romney Skit  —  ‘KILLING RAMPAGE’  —  Rhodes Skit Says Romney Supporters Will Kill Innocent People  —  *** EXCLUSIVE To The Radio Equalizer ***  —  Apparently unable to learn from past mistakes, or just too unhinged to know better, Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes …
Krooney / The Page:
Romney Quits Race  —  Says time of war is not the right time to continue GOP fight: “I feel I have to stand aside.”  —  Read full remarks from CPAC conference here. … AP: Decision effectively cedes nomination to McCain.  —  Obama, kicking Romney as he heads out the door, criticizes him for saying Democrats are soft on terror.
John King / CNN:
GOP sources: Romney to suspend campaign
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey won't investigate ‘waterboarding’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey told lawmakers Thursday he will not open a criminal investigation into the CIA's acknowledged use of “waterboarding” on terror suspects.  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers …
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Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Huckabee to Get Evangelical Leader's Nod  —  James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, is about to endorse former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, The Associated Press has learned.  —  Dobson, founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Focus on the Family …
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Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
AP: Evangelical leader endorses Huckabee  —  James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, backed Mike Huckabee's presidential bid Thursday night, giving the former Arkansas governor a long-sought endorsement as the Republican field narrowed to a two-man race.
Discussion: Political Machine
Peter Baker / The Trail:
Bush Signals Support for McCain  —  President Bush plans to give an implicit endorsement of onetime rival John McCain's conservative bona fides tomorrow as the Arizona senator seeks to consolidate the party behind his candidacy.  —  In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in the morning …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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This Is London:
BROWN SLAPS DOWN ARCHBISHOP'S CALL FOR ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW TO OPERATE IN BRITAIN  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury caused consternation yesterday by calling for Islamic law to be recognised in Britain.  —  He declared that sharia and Parliamentary law should be given equal legal status …
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Johnathan Pearce / Samizdata.net:
The Archbishop of Canterbury is an ass  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is the head of the Church of England and as such, is still - amazingly - considered to be a person of some eminence.  Unfortunately, he does not lend weight to that institution.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hillary's Women  —  Let's put the Obama activist and donor numbers in perspective - 650,000 donors is a lot, but John Kerry had around 2 million donors, and George Bush had roughly as many.  Richard Viguerie and Roger Craver, direct mail gurus, have frequently noted that there are roughly …
Discussion: Corrente
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
OBAMA DOWNLOADS $7.9 MILLION FROM MOVEON AND WEB DONORS...
Discussion: Open Left and Salon
Hotline On Call:
Obama On Romney: An “Ineffective Candidate”  —  OMAHA, NE — Barack Obama called Mitt Romney's candidacy “ineffective” on the day that the former MA governor exited the presidential race.  —  Romney, who dropped out of the race for president today in Washington, said in his exit speech …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Shailagh Murray / The Trail:
Obama Agrees to Debates with Clinton
Jay Weaver / MiamiHerald.com:
Top lawyer faces money-laundering charges  —  Ben Kuehne, a widely respected Miami lawyer whose clients have included former Vice President Al Gore and other major politicians, surrendered Thursday on federal criminal charges for his behind-the-scenes role in a complex international drug-trafficking case.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
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The Huffington Post:
Whoopi Switches From Obama To Hillary  —  Yesterday on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg switched her endorsement from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton.  Whoopi cited Clinton's statement that she would end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.  Whoopi previously believed that Obama …
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain booed at CPAC.  —  Speaking to a right-wing crowd at CPAC today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was loudly booed when he mentioned his push for comprehensive immigration reform last year.  (A position he has since given up.) … Watch it:  —  This morning, Politico reported that CPAC organizers …
Craig Offman / NPL Sports:
Jail politicians who ignore climate science: Suzuki  —  Didn't mean it literally says scientist's spokesperson  —  David Suzuki has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change.  —  At a Montreal conference last Thursday, the prominent scientist …
Real Clear Politics:
John McCain's CPAC Speech  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the following remarks by John McCain as prepared for delivery: Thank you.  Thank you for inviting me.  It's been a little while since I've had the honor of addressing you, and I appreciate very much your courtesy to me today.
Michael Duffy / Time:
TIME Poll: Clinton More Beatable than Obama  —  Though the real election is nine months away, Sen. Barack Obama would fare slightly better than Sen. Hillary Clinton in a head to head match-up with Sen. John McCain if the general election were held today, a new TIME poll reveals.
Discussion: Liberal Values
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Where the money went  —  Hillary Clinton spent more than $77 million …
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Joe Conason / Salon:
Why McCain provokes paranoia on the right
CNN:
Congress sends stimulus bill to Bush
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It Needs to Be Said  —  This McCain speech would not have been …
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Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Obama agrees to debate Clinton in Ohio
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
The Vanishing Point  —  CREDIT Hedi Slimane or blame him.
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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Campaign Staffers Not Going Without Pay
Steven Aftergood / NiemanWatchdog.org:
The next president should open up the Bush Administration's record
Nadia Schadlow / Wall Street Journal:
From the Jaws of Victory  —  The U.S. just dodged a bullet in Iraq.