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2:45 PM ET, January 23, 2008

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The Onion:
Bill Clinton: 'Screw It, I'm Running For President'  —  CHARLESTON, SC—After spending two months accompanying his wife, Hillary, on the campaign trail, former president Bill Clinton announced Monday that he is joining the 2008 presidential race, saying he “could no longer resist the urge.”
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Clinton Education  —  One of our favorite Bill Clinton anecdotes involves a confrontation he had with Bob Dole in the Oval Office after the 1996 election.  Mr. Dole protested Mr. Clinton's attack ads claiming the Republican wanted to harm Medicare, but the President merely smiled …
Washington Post:
Clinton Now Looking Beyond S.C.  —  Focus on 4 Delegate-Rich States Is Considered Risky  —  The next Democratic presidential nominating contest will take place in South Carolina on Saturday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has already turned her full attention to places such as this …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Now or Never for Obama  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has become a must-win state for Barack Obama.  —  Whatever the outcome of Saturday's Democratic presidential primary here, the Illinois senator has the money and the organization to compete in the nearly two dozen states voting on Feb. 5.
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest  —  Move over, Hatfields and McCoys.  —  That blood feud is looking downright civil compared with the trash talk in the Democratic duel between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, which took on the ring of schoolyard taunts the day after a debate melee in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Discussion: Redstate
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Negative Hillary Ad In South Carolina Hits Obama For Calling GOP …
Times of London:
Exclusive: Hamas ‘spent months cutting through Gaza wall in secret operation’  —  James Hider of The Times at the Rafah border crossing  —  As tens of thousands of Palestinians clambered back and forth between the Gaza strip and Egypt today, details emerged of the audacious operation …
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Haaretz:
UN: Some 350,000 Gazans stream into Egypt as militants blast border wall  —  Some 350,000 Palestinians poured out of Gaza and into Egypt early Wednesday, the United Nations said, after masked gunmen blew dozens of holes in the wall delineating the border.  —  The Gazans rushed to purchase food …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
George Soros Funded Study Says Bush Lied  —  The AP reports, and the New York Times expands, on a new study by a supposedly “independent” organization that claims to have assembled hundred of “false statements” by the Bush administration in the course of the Iraq war.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
ABC News Badly Mischaracterizes Obama's Alleged “Testy Exchange” With Reporter  —  Okay, this is really a bad one.  Late yesterday, ABC News posted a story called: “Is Bill Clinton getting in Obama's head?"  —  The piece reported that Obama had had a “testy exchange” with New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny …
Los Angeles Times:
Longtime patron may be a problem for Obama  —  Alleged slumlord and indicted businessman Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko has long supported the Democratic presidential hopeful, who has returned related donations.  —  CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped the name of Barack Obama's Chicago patron …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Worries That the Good Times Were Mostly a Mirage  —  So, how bad could this get?  —  Until a few months ago, it was accepted wisdom that the American economy functioned far more smoothly than in the past.  Economic expansions lasted longer, and recessions were both shorter and milder.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Capitalism's Enemies Within
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Six Big Lies About John McCain  —  LIE #1: John McCain isn't a loyal Republican.  —  TRUTH: McCain has been a stalwart Reagan Republican since he first entered politics in 1981.  —  He has never backed Democratic candidates for president or lesser posts - other than supporting …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney  —  Have you noticed how all of the Republican candidates can barely conceal their contempt for Governor Mitt Romney?  It goes way beyond the typical good-natured competition that usually is the hallmark of Republican contests.  Senator McCain has snarled …
Discussion: The Corner
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Marc Ambinder:   Thad Cochran Endorses Romney
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Ron Paul continues to best Giuliani  —  Ron Paul, the Texas congressman frequently dismissed as a long shot candidate with no real chance at winning the Republican presidential nomination, has won nearly twice as many total votes to date as Rudy Giuliani, a candidate still widely viewed as a strong contender.
Discussion: Hot Air and Volunteer Voters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None  —  (updated below)  —  Back in July of last year — more than six months ago — the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were investigating the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as part of that investigation, they issued subpoenas …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ECONOCORNER.  —  I'm the type of guy with “favorite economists,” and EPI's Jared Bernstein is one of them.  So I'm glad he's doing a new podcast feature called “EconoCorner."  What few folks know about Jared, however, is that before he was an economist, he was a jazz musician in New York.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE....Ezra Klein has a very good piece …
City Journal:
The Rainbow Coalition Evaporates
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Wall Street Journal:
In South, Democrats' Tactics May Change Political Game
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews: 'Giuliani hasn't been beaten yet.'
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.
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Louisiana Caucus Last Night
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The Tragedy of a Non-Muslim West
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Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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‘Stormin’ Norman' Schwarzkopf goes for McCain
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
How to Stop the Downturn  —  AMERICA'S economy is headed for a major slowdown.
Amir Shah / Associated Press:
Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death
Jennifer Rubin / American Spectator:
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