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3:35 PM ET, January 24, 2007

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Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry won't run for president in '08  —  WASHINGTON —Senator John F. Kerry plans to announce today that he will not run in the 2008 presidential race, and will instead remain in Congress and seek reelection to his Senate seat next year, according to senior Democratic officials.
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CNN:
Source: Kerry decides against 2008 presidential run … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, won't make a second bid for the White House, sources familiar with Kerry's thinking said Wednesday.  —  A source close to Kerry …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
2008: Kerry Not Running
Discussion: Wonkette
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White House:
President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address  —  Washington, D.C.  —  State of the Union 2007  —  State of the Union 2007 Policy Initiatives  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  And tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first President to begin …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Knee-Jerk Opposition  —  If George W. Bush proposes something, it must be bad.  Such is the knee-jerk state of partisan suspiciousness that when the president actually endorses a tax increase — a tax increase that would primarily hit the well-off, no less — Democrats still howl.
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Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
Former Duke Prosecutor Faces New Ethics Charges  —  Nifong Accused of Withholding DNA Evidence From Defense, Making Misrepresentations to Judge  —  ABC Law & Justice Unit  —  Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has been charged with new ethics violations for his conduct on the Duke lacrosse sex assault case.
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Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
New ethics charges for Duke prosecutor
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Fox News:
FORMER DUKE LACROSSE 'RAPE' DA CHARGED WITH WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE, MISLEADING COURT
Discussion: A Blog For All
Raleigh News & Observer:
Ethics of Nifong's detective at issue
Discussion: Right Voices
Michael J. Gerson / Newsweek:
Exceeding Expectations  —  Bush's former speechwriter on what the president did right—and on Jim Webb's wobbly wordcraft.  —  All the commentary leading up to the State of the Union noted the president's historically low poll ratings and unpopular Iraq strategy.
Discussion: TIME
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Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
A Powerful Response  —  Jim Webb tore up his party's playbook …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE NEW YORK MONEY PEOPLE:  —  I've admired Wes Clark for a long time.  But his comments to Ariana Huffington about wealthy Jews pushing the country toward war with Iran strike me as nutty and disturbing.  Either I seriously misjudged the man, or his comments were misquoted or taken wildly out of context.
KSTP-TV:
MN congresswoman can't keep her hand off President  —  Newly-elected Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann got quite a bit of face time with President Bush after his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night.  —  While the President was signing autographs for members of Congress after the speech …
Discussion: Wonkette and Norwegianity
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Getting a Read On the Speech Makes for Quite A Snapshot  —  George W. Bush flirted with eloquence only at the end of his so-so, nuts-and-bolts State of the Union speech last night: "The state of our union is strong," he said, "our cause in the world is right, and tonight that cause goes on."
Benny Morris / New York Sun:
The Second Holocaust  —  The second Holocaust will not be like the first.  The Nazis, of course, industrialized mass murder.  But still, the perpetrators had one-on-one contact with the victims.  They may have dehumanized them, over months and years of appalling debasement and in their minds, before the actual killing.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senators eye rejection of Bush war plan  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats took the first step toward a wartime repudiation of President Bush on Wednesday, convening a Senate committee to endorse legislation declaring that the deployment of additional troops to Iraq is "not in the national interest."
Kelly McCormack / The Hill:
Obama beats Clinton — in website traffic  —  If website hits were votes for the 2008 presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) would be the clear winner.  —  Twelve percent of Internet surfers who visit www.senate.gov click to the freshman senator's homepage, according to rankings on Alexa.com, which tracks website traffic.
Hardball / Hardblogger:
SOTU: MCCAIN — LACK OF SELF-CONTROL?  AN EXPRESSION OF CONTEMPT?  EMBARRASSING IN ANY CASE.  —  By Tucker Carlson  —  "We advance our own interests by helping reformers and advocates for democracy"?  That was Bush's position on the Middle East immediately after 9-11 and, remarkably, it remains his position.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Rivals CNN and Fox News Spar Over Obama Report  —  A disputed report on the Web site of a conservative magazine about Senator Barack Obama's childhood schooling kicked off a pointed exchange this week between the rival cable news networks CNN and Fox News, when CNN seemed to make an overt effort …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq Parliament Finds a Quorum Hard to Come By  —  Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the speaker of Parliament, read a roll call of the 275 elected members with a goal of shaming the no-shows.  —  Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister?  Absent, living in Amman and London.  Adnan Pachachi, the octogenarian statesman?
dailynews.com:
Officials net 761 illegal immigrants  —  About 450 caught in sweep have already been deported  —  Federal officials fanned out across Southern California over the past week in one of the biggest sweeps of its kind, arresting 761 illegal immigrants ranging from murder suspects to visa violators.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and PoliPundit.com
 
 
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Transcript: CNN Interview with Cheney
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Dodd Bill Fails To Get Out of Commitee
Discussion: The Caucus and Firedoglake
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Tax breaks sidetrack minimum wage bill
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Hagel: "There Is No Plan"  —  Here's Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
The Raw Story:
Text of President Bush's State of the Union speech
Media Bloggers Association:
Associated Press To Carry Bloggers' Coverage of Libby Trial
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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Sticking to his guns  —  President Bush defiantly defends his Iraq stance
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TBogg
Doug Gross / Associated Press:
White Atlanta suburbs push for secession
Forbes:
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Joel Topcik / Broadcasting & Cable:
Watching the SOTU Speech on ABC