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The Obama Machine Rolls On – Right Over Hillary

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Barack Obama has won ten primary contests in a row. Rick Moran looks at the demographics and concludes, "There isn't a ray of sunshine for the Hillary camp to be found in either the Gallup Poll that sampled national Democratic attitudes or the Wisconsin exit polls."

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Ready, Aim, Fire: The Shoot-Down of Satellite NROL-21

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - by Richard Fernandez

A key cog of the U.S. missile defense system will be tested soon -- perhaps even today -- in an effort to prevent an uncontrolled crash of the satellite and to ensure that its classified components are buried safely in Davy Jones' locker, writes Richard Fernandez.

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McCain, Obama Win Wisconsin, Washington, Hawaii To Obama

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Hillary Clinton suffered another defeat tonight, as Barack Obama won Wisconsin, his 9th straight win in a row. John McCain also took the state, along with Washington. PJM has been compiling the best in news and analysis from across the internet...

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What’s Really Behind the Latest Riots in Denmark?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

PajamasXpress blogger Michael Ledeen reports from an Iraqi reconciliation conference taking place in Copenhagen and uncovers an interesting tidbit: the new round of riots have less to do with the Mohammed cartoons than with the arrest of drug dealers.

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A Day of Reckoning For Pakistan – and Musharraf

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - by Ghalia Aymen

PJM Islamabad: President Pervez Musharraf may hang onto his office after his parties' resounding defeat at the polls on Monday, but he will not be able to operate with his previously unchecked level of power. Ghalia Aymen reports on a dramatic -- and surprisingly incident-free election -- in which the people's message of disgust with their leadership was unmistakable.

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PJM Special Coverage: Wisconsin & Hawaii

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

PJM's Bill Bradley has got all Tuesday's big battles in Wisconsin, Washington, and Hawaii covered, with news, analysis and reports from correspondents on the ground. Latest: Hawaii Final: Obama Wins By More Than 3 To 1...

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Raising Kids to be Rich

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to Troy Dunn, the author of %%AMAZON=0785221859 Young Bucks: How to Raise a Future Millionaire,%% about why parents should want their kids to be entrepreneurial, how to encourage them to strike out on their own, and what the Presidential candidates are missing when they talk about economics.

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Mama, We’re All RINOs Now

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - by Elizabeth Scalia

The Great Conservative Purge of the Impure is in full swing, writes The Anchoress. Too bad the purist "true conservatives" are blind to the many ironies of their action.

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The Castro Dictatorship After Fidel: Now New and Improved!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - by Henry Gomez

What does Fidel Castro's resignation mean for the future of Cuba? Henry Louis Gomez says Cubans will still experience the same amount of repression, but now with 10% less bluster.

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Rules for Radicals 101

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I read with amusement a href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/02/18/politics/fromtheroad/entry3842857.shtml”this little piece over at CBS News /aon Hillary Clinton’s hunting history:br /br /blockquoteAt a campaign stop this afternoon, Hillary Clinton’s focus was on the economy and health care but some in the crowd had other things on their minds. Clinton was asked to discuss gun control which prompted Clinton to talk about her days holding a rifle in the cold, shallow waters in backwoods Arkansas./blockquotebr /br /So instead of talking directly about her policy on gun control and her crappy second amendment record (a href=”http://www.nrapublications.org/first%20freedom/Hillary.asp”an F rating on gun rights,/a Clinton was one of 16 Senators who voted against the 2006 a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitter_Amendment”Vitter Amendment/a), Hillary instead tells a little story about being with some men in a swamp and how she shot a duck–to show how aligned she is with gun owners. Then she a href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/02/18/politics/fromtheroad/entry3842857.shtml”takes a pot shot /aat Dick Cheney to promote her a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Hillary_Rodham_Clinton#Gun_control”"sensible” gun control/a legislation:br /br /blockquoteClinton continued, “Once he (Cheney) is out of office, the Secret Service is not around to protect people from him. We better be careful about where he goes hunting. Safety protocol would be useful, don’t’ you think?”/blockquote br /br /Her responses to questions about gun control indicate that perhaps she has just fallen back on the old tired techniques of Saul Alinsky, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679721134?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0679721134″ span style=”font-style:italic;”Rules for Radicals,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0679721134″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / on whom she a href=”http://gopublius.com/hillary-clintons-wellesley-thesis/”wrote her senior thesis./a br /br /In emRules for Radicals,/em Alinsky opens with a Prologue in which he describes some elementary techniques for those who want to change the world. Communication is key, and one should communicate with the experiences of the audience, and “give full respect to the others value.” By telling a story about herself hunting, Clinton has aligned herself with the a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/16/guns.poll/”nearly two-thirds of Americans /awho say they believe the Constitution guarantees each person the right to own a gun. Next, by making fun of Cheney, Clinton uses another level of communication described by Alinsky: br /br /blockquote…humor is essential, for through humor much is accepted that would have been rejected if presented seriously. /blockquotebr /br /By poking fun at Cheney, Clinton could laugh with the audience, but notice the emtwist/em, “Safety protocol would be useful, don’t you think?” She is now shifting to Alinsky’s chapter on “Communication.” Here is one of Alinksy’s maxims:br /br /blockquoteAnother maxim in effective communication is that peple have to make their own decisions. It isn’t just that Moses couldn’t tell God what God should do; no organizer can tell a community, either, what to do. Much of the time, though, the organizer will have a pretty good idea of what the communtity should be doing, and he will want to suggest, maneuver, and persuade the community toward that action. He will not ever seem to tell the community what to do; instead, he will use loaded questions. For example, in a meeting on tactics where the organizer is convinced that tactic Z is the thing to do:br /br /Organizer: What do you think we should do now?/blockquote br /Okay, so this interchange goes on until everyone has decided that tactic Z, as the organizer suggested is the thing to do. This is generally reached through manipulation on the part of the organizer but the community feels that they have made the decision themselves. But they didn’t. They were manipulated. br /br /Will Americans fall for Clinton’s manipulative tactics, especially in the area of gun control? It’s possible, but then again, many Americans know when they are being fed a big pile of bull. Or at least, I hope they do.

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Drunkblogging WI, WA, HI

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

Vodkapundit's Stephen Green once again offered his alcohol-laced musings on the contests in WI, WA, and HI as they unfolded. This time it was wine and cheese -- Wisconsin cheese, that is.

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Could Ron Paul Lose His Congressional Seat?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - by Roger L Simon

Despite millions of dollars and devoted online support, Ron Paul's idiosyncratic campaign for the Republican presidential candidacy never caught fire. Now, polls show Dr. Paul falling behind relatively unknown challenger Chris Peden in his 14th Texas District endangering his congressional seat in the Texas primary. Roger L. Simon interviewed challenger Peden exclusively for PJ Media. (podcast and transcript also available)

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New British Tax Exiles Aren’t Even British

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - by Andrew Ian Dodge

The British government is imposing a new massive yearly tax on "non-doms" -- foreigners who live and work in the country but have claimed a non-domicile status as a resident for more than seven years. The result is likely to be a mass exodus - a blow, not a boon, to the British economy, writes Andrew Ian Dodge.

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In Focus: The End of the Obama Honeymoon?

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

Barack Obama has glided along from long-shot to heir apparent with nary a scratch on him, writes Michael Weiss. All that is likely to change if and when he's the Democratic nominee. Here are five random Obama follies to watch out for.

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Monday, February 18th, 2008

PJM has an interesting article on a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2008/02/beware_of_the_ecomoms.php”Desperate (Green) Housewives:/abr /br /blockquoteThe New York Times has turned environmentally conscious mothers into their latest target of derision. Unfair, says Laura McKenna. If you’re going to mock, why not make fun of the whole green movement?/blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2008/02/beware_of_the_ecomoms.php”Read the whole thing./a

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Mughniyeh’s Death: Keystone Kops in Damascus

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by Youssef M. Ibrahim

There is something deeply satisfying about the flawlessly executed assassination of Islamofascist terror master Imad Mughniyeh, writes Youssef Ibrahim. "Sometimes a single bullet, or mini-bomb, blazes a path to clarity."

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Desperate (Green) Housewives

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

The New York Times has turned environmentally conscious mothers into their latest target of derision. Unfair, says Laura McKenna. If you're going to mock, why not make fun of the whole green movement?

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For the Candidates, Every Day is President’s Day

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by Bill Bradley

There's no long weekend for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But as Obamamentum calmly chugs along, the Clinton campaign is spinning as fast as it can, observes Bill Bradley. Meanwhile, the elder George Bush is about to endorse John McCain.

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Hold the Fireworks: Kosovo Not Really Independent

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by John Rosenthal

With much fanfare, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has declared Kosovo to be independent. But John Rosenthal reads the fine print of the declaration and writes that it would be more accurate to label it a "Declaration of Dependence."

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Highlights of the Power Line ‘Book of the Year’ Ceremony

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Influential blog Power Line recently hosted its first annual book award, honoring Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism.

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Always Apologize, Always Explain: Why Intellectuals Love Genocide

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Australian PM Kevin Rudd officially apologized to the Aborigines in order to remove “a great stain from the nation’s soul.” Roger Kimball, after reading up on his history, doesn’t understand why the country has embraced the “myth” of a European genocide of the native Australian population.

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Week 57 in Progress

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Over 190,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL.

NEW DEAL: PJ Media editors have noted that the number of weekly votes in our poll has diminished drastically from the tens of thousands cast at the outset. For months now, many readers have been complaining to us about the increasing inutility of the poll because of vote-swarming by second tier candidates. Many voters have lost interest and are not participating. Websites that had run our widget were no longer doing so.

Something needed to change.

Therefore, especially since the campaign itself appears to be narrowing its focus to front-running candidates, henceforth the PJ Media Poll will be restricted to those first tier candidates listed on the front poll page of the leading online poll aggregator Real Clear Politics. As of now, that is two candidates on the Democratic side and four on the Republican. We will change our lineup on the Sunday after RCP does, if it does.

DON’T FORGET: You can put the poll on your website or blog with our free voting widget and become a precinct in the PJ Media Straw Poll. Learn how the readers of your site are voting and compare it the the total.

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Pessimistic Pakistanis Prepare to Vote

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 - by Ghalia Aymen

PJM Islamabad: With the government changing laws, reassigning public servants, shuffling the judiciary, and muffling the media, is it any surprise that nobody in Pakistan expects Monday's elections to be clean and fair? Ghalia Aymen reports on a gloomy campaign season.

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Steven Spielberg and the Beijing Olympics of Doom

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 - by GZ Expat

PJM Guangzhou: If Steven Spielberg had hoped his decision to withdraw as artistic director of the Beijing Olympics over Darfur would resonate with the Chinese people as a brave moral stand -- he was utterly wrong, writes GZ Expat.

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The Clintons’ Unforgivable Crime

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 - by Andrew Walden

What is ending Democrats' 16-year love affair with Bill and Hillary Clinton? Andrew Walden believes the former president's racially tinged attacks on Barack Obama risk "setting black America free from the Democrat Party" -- and Dems are choosing survival over the Clintons.

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