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7:35 PM ET, January 20, 2007


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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Announces Step Toward '08 Bid  —  Six years after making history by winning a United States Senate seat as first lady, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton announced this morning that she was taking the first formal step to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 …
Hillary Clinton launches White House bid: 'I'm in' … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton jumped into the fray as a 2008 presidential candidate with the words "I'm in" posted on her Web site.  —  "And I'm in to win," she added in a statement, announcing she has set up an exploratory committee …
Discussion: Redstate and the talking dog
New York Times:
Clinton Joins '08 Field, Fueling Race for Money  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped into the 2008 presidential race yesterday, immediately squaring off against Senator Barack Obama and the rest of the Democratic field in what is effectively the party's first primary, the competition for campaign donations.
Discussion: Political Insider
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT?....So Hillary's in.  John Podhoretz must be breaking out in a cold sweat right about now.  Her decision to make the announcement on her website on a Saturday, rather than at a traditional press event on a weekday, was interesting, wasn't it?
Associated Press:
Clinton launches 2008 White House bid  —  NEW YORK - Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House on Saturday, a former first lady intent on becoming the first female president.  "I'm in and I'm in to win," she said on her Web site.
Cillizzac / The Fix:
Post-ABC Poll: Clinton, Giuliani Lead Primary Fields  —  On the day that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton officially entered the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey shows her with a wide lead over her potential Democratic rivals.  —  Clinton took 41 percent …
Political Insider:
Clinton Campaign Memo  —  Pollster Mark Penn released a memo showing how his client, Sen. Hillary Clinton, can win the 2008 presidential race.  —  People are always asking, can Hillary Clinton win the presidency?  —  Of course she can.  In many of the polls out today, she is already winning.
Discussion: The American Street
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Sen. Clinton Launches 2008 Campaign  —  New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) today announced she will establish a presidential exploratory committee, launching a 2008 campaign that could make her the first female president in history and the only former first lady to succeed her husband in the White House.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hillary's in  —  On a Saturday morning?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Donklephant
MSNBC:   Clinton: 'I'm in and I'm in to win'
Hotline On Call:   HRC: Raising Money For Primary AND General
Nedra Pickler / ABCNEWS:
Richardson to Launch Presidential Bid
Discussion: Time and State of the Day
Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
Dirge for a 'Surge'  —  In the latest NEWSWEEK poll Bush's approval rating remains at its all-time low as his plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is met with widespread disapproval.  Looking to '08, declared candidate Hillary Clinton is in a statistical dead heat with other potential nominees.
George W. Bush / White House:
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2007  —  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America  —  America was founded on the principle that we are all endowed by our Creator with the right to life and that every individual has dignity and worth.
Bob Geiger:
It's True: Bush Proclaims Sunday "National Sanctity of Human Life Day"  —  I swear, I'm not making this up.  —  In a formal White House proclamation issued Friday, George W. Bush declared January 21 National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2007.  —  "America was founded on the principle …
Nahal Toosi / Associated Press:
Former FEMA head in NYC: party politics played role in Katrina response  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Political storm clouds gathered again over the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina as former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said party politics influenced decisions …
Discussion: MyDD
Scott W. Johnson / Weekly Standard:
How Arafat Got Away with Murder  —  The State Department covered up his responsibility for the 1973 slaughter of two American diplomats.  —  Twenty years before he joined Bill Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin in Washington for that famous handshake—and proceeded to become Clinton's …
Discussion: Power Line
Little Green Footballs:
Media Blackout: "I Shot the Non-Muslim"  —  The assassination of Turkish-Armenian writer Hrant Dink is being universally portrayed as ethnic strife, a political act by Turkish nationalists against an Armenian critic.  —  Call me Mr. Suspicious, but when I see the entire media monolith pushing …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Unbowed  —  Joe Lieberman: "It is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity to win."  —  WASHINGTON—The war in Iraq brings to Joe Lieberman's mind an old Mark Twain story.  "When a cat jumps on a hot stove, the cat never jumps on the stove again because the cat always assumes the stove is hot …
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Benjamin Hufbauer / New York Times:
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David Litterick / Telegraph:
Democrat backlash against US oil industry
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Larry Wheeler / Associated Press:
Republicans elect Martinez to party's top post
New York Times:
Tell the Troops  —  It is bad enough for troops in Iraq to learn …