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I am Al Pacino. Elizabeth Caputo is Meryl Streep. She is top political talent. So am I. She could be president, I am going to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I am also going to list my company on Nasdaq.

Granted there is this thing called feeling uncomfortable, but I did not think she was uncomfortable at the last event I saw her which, by the way, was not a DL21C event. Neither of us had to be there. Resolved, the uncomfortable thing is over.

You always have to be careful about Jewish people. You don't want to end up facing the question, so what up, you don't like Jewish people? But no one is going to out Third World me, I don't care if you are Jewish or what.

I still officially don't know if this Berger dude is Jewish, although I have two strong reasons to believe he is. One, there is that er. Two, he grew a beard over the Holidays like my man Friday Adam who is also Jewish. This guy works for a top name in Congress, Charlie Rangel. So he has to be technically competent. He is not exactly Rudy Shenk, who was Obama 08's New York state director. But he belongs in that camp of people who acquire technical knowledge on the details, not my personal specialty. He has his skill set, something I will never acquire.

Jesus was a Jew. Buddha was a Madhesi. We Madhesis have shut down all of Nepal's south for the ninth day in a row now. We are fighting for liberation. Berger and I might have more common ground than he realizes. What's up with these dudes like Jesus and Buddha? They come and go, and their peoples end up bearing the brunt for centuries.

So I have decided to show up for this DL21C event, the Texas debate watch party. The best that could happen is Elizabeth and I could end up having our first ever conversation. The worst that could happen is I could get kicked out third time in a row. At least I might then know never to show up again, since third time is the charm.

I show up early, like perhaps 7:25. If I get kicked out, I take a cab to the Obama debate watch party 30 streets down. I might take a cab. I think I am going to carry a hundred dollar bill if only to fluster the cab driver.

I am not much of a cab guy. I am a train guy. The subway is the most New York City thing about New York City. Trains are better and cheaper. But today I am going to be a cab guy if I have to be.

What the heck.

Thursday, February 21
7:30 pm
DL21C Texas Debate Watch Party! (This is an open event. Anyone can join and invite others to join.)
Connolly's Pub
121 W. 45th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
(Ten-gallon hats, cowboy boots and yellow roses optional...)

Let's make some noise for Barack!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Village Pourhouse
64 3rd Ave
New York, NY
Please join Generation Obama, Young Lawyers for Obama, and ObamaNYC for the Texas CNN and Univision Debate at the Village Poorhouse.
This debate could be huge for Barack and OUR movement, so let's celebrate together!
Village Pourhouse
3rd Ave and 12th St.
**Drink Specials all night**

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In The News

Barack Obama keeps winning form BBC News
Obama, Clinton trade punches ahead of debate Houston Chronicle
Hillary's in trouble, Clinton admits Sydney Morning Herald Perhaps Mr Clinton is just enjoying himself too much on the campaign trail. ..... the snipers on the rooftops and the Texas national guardsmen, wearing flak-jackets, helmets and armed with semi-automatic weapons ..... Texas and Ohio have become Senator Clinton's last frontiers. ..... For the first time her usually optimistic husband admitted that if she does not win Texas and Ohio on March 4, she most likely will not win the nomination. .... the final Democratic contest in Puerto Rico on June 7
Obama wins Democrats Abroad global primary, over 60 per cent in Canada The Canadian Press
Clinton begins to cast Obama as hopeless dreamer Canada.com
A Clinton Strategy? New York Times
Clinton camp splits on message
Los Angeles Times Bill Clinton, who suggested that his wife could not survive a loss in either of the next two major contests, in Texas and Ohio on March 4. ..... she did not heed calls to limit the overarching power Penn wielded within the brain trust as both its pollster and message- maker.
Bill Clinton says Texas, Ohio could be make-or-break for Hillary Dallas Morning News Obama on Wednesday held a rally for 17,000 supporters at Dallas' Reunion Arena, following a rally the night before at the Toyota Center arena in Houston before more than 16,500 supporters ...... "The biggest personality to come through Victoria in the last 50 years was John Wayne, so this is big," Stephen Jabbour, the county Democratic Party chairman, told the Victoria Advocate about Clinton's visit. ..... Clinton condensed his basic campaign speech Wednesday, which was running an hour or more last week during appearances in the state.

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Talks on to end Nepal blockade AFP

Nepal Extends Terai Curfews; Madhesi Groups to Boycott Election Bloomberg Police fired tear gas to break up protesters in Janakpur yesterday as authorities maintained curfews in Nepalgunj and Biratnagar
Political Memo Clinton Aides Split on How to Take On Obama New York Times what could be her last stands, in Ohio and Texas on March 4. ..... intense frustration among Mrs. Clinton’s advisers ..... Mrs. Clinton woke up Wednesday to the realization that she had lost nearly every advantage she once could claim over Mr. Obama: money, momentum, a lead in national polls and an edge in delegates.
President Clinton: Texas and Ohio Are Must Wins FOXNews Bill Clinton said that March 4th is do or die for his wife making Ohio and Texas “must-wins” for her struggling campaign. ..... over 200,00 Americans gave Hillary 17 million dollars over the Internet in small contributions in the last 17 days
Powerful Teamsters Union Endorses Obama The Associated Press

Obama's Strategy to Avoid a Convention Fight Washington Post the idea is to win so many delegates that the Democratic leadership presses Clinton to concede ...... even after eight consecutive victories, Team Obama's ears were ringing with the warnings bells of New Hampshire. ..... it's like boxing: When you're the challenger, you don't win on points
Hawaiians Flood Polls for Obama U.S. News & World Report
Obama wins Hawaii in a landslide USA Today Obama had 28,347 votes, or 76%, to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's 8,835 votes, or 24% .... 20 of the state's 29 delegates .... "I think Hawai'i is going to count this year," she said. "Before, we didn't matter."
Obama campaign insists that Clinton concede Guardian Unlimited The argument from the Obama camp appears designed to paint Clinton as a nuisance candidate -- much like Mike Huckabee ........ Obama and McCain increasingly are taking swipes at one another on the stump ...... "It is time to get real, to get real about how we actually win this election and get real about the challenges facing America," she said in her speech. "I am not running for president to put Band-Aids on our problems. I am running to solve them." ....... Clinton is being deserted by even her most ardent supporters: the working class voters she had been banking on in Ohio and even middle-aged white women. ....... The Clinton campaign also appears to have miscalculated with a last-minute burst of negative advertisements in Wisconsin. ...... Clinton also continues to face a cash crisis. Obama outspent her four to one in Wisconsin ..... Obama took 58% of the vote in Wisconsin against 41% for Clinton. He did even better in Hawaii, the state where he was born, carrying 76% of the vote. ..... Obama 1,336 delegates against 1,251 for Clinton
Obama Camp: Clinton Tactics 'Damaging to the Party' Washington Post the two sides are battling over the ground rules going forward.

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