Morning Buzz: Feb. 21, 2008

John McCain is denying a New York Times report this morning that said he had a romantic relationship with a female telecommunications lobbyist. The likely GOP presidential nominee called the woman in question a friend. "I'm very disappointed in the article," McCain said, standing alongside wife Cindy at a press conference to address the allegations. "It's not true."

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John McCain is denying a New York Times report this morning that said he had a romantic relationship with a female telecommunications lobbyist. The likely GOP presidential nominee called the woman in question a friend. "I'm very disappointed in the article," McCain said, standing alongside wife Cindy at a press conference to address the allegations. "It's not true."

A Navy cruiser fired a missile Wednesday at a malfunctioning spy satellite in the Earth's orbit. Officials say they are "80 to 90 percent confident" that the strike was successful in destroying the most worrisome component of the satellite, a hydrazine fuel tank. They are now monitoring the debris that is descending from the atmosphere.

It's an uphill battle for Hillary Clinton as the former first lady must win 57 percent of the remaining primary and caucus delegates to erase Barack Obama's lead, the Associated Press is reporting this morning. It could be tough, as Obama is expected to handily win at least one primary—Mississippi's—because the demographic breakdown is similar to other southern states the Illinois senator won easily.