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5:10 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.
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
David Espo / Associated Press:
Kerry Will Not Seek White House in 2008
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Kerry Bows Out of 2008 Race
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Espo / Associated Press:
Kerry bows out of '08 presidential race
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
IT'S THE POLICY, STUPID....Ruth Marcus on the Bush health plan: … Now, Marcus concedes that Bush has no one but himself to blame for this state of affairs.  But at the same time, she also seems flatly unwilling to believe that opposition to Bush's plan might actually be based …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President's Portrayal of 'The Enemy' Often Flawed  —  In his State of the Union address last night, President Bush presented an arguably misleading and often flawed description of "the enemy" that the United States faces overseas, lumping together disparate groups with opposing ideologies …
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: Chicago Boyz, The RBC and TIME
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
A Powerful Response  —  Jim Webb tore up his party's playbook …
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Transcript: CNN Interview with Cheney  —  We've just received the transcript for Vice President Cheney's interview with Wolf Blitzer this morning.  It's posted in full below the fold.  —  Q And joining us now, the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney.  Mr. Vice President, thanks very much for doing this.
Doug Gross / Associated Press:
White Atlanta suburbs push for secession  —  ATLANTA - A potentially explosive dispute in the City Too Busy to Hate is taking shape over a proposal to break Fulton County in two and split off Atlanta's predominantly white, affluent suburbs to the north from some of the metropolitan area's poorest, black neighborhoods.
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."
Rick Perlstein / Salon:
Why Democrats can stop the war  —  Pundits say if the party gets too tough with Bush, it will be blamed for "losing" Iraq.  But the real political risk is going too easy on Bush, and losing the trust of war-weary voters.  —  Clockwise from top left: Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, a Vietnam War protest and Richard Nixon
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
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 …
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."
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Discussion: TVNewser
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Inside the MTTs in Anbar
Discussion: The Belmont Club and BLACKFIVE
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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) …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The David Shuster Follies (Act Five)
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
The Politico:
Failed 2000 N.Y. Campaign Casts Shadow Over Giuliani's 2008 Ambition
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq Parliament Finds a Quorum Hard to Come By
Joel Topcik / Broadcasting & Cable:
Watching the SOTU Speech on ABC
Benny Morris / New York Sun:
The Second Holocaust
New York Times:
The State of the Union  —  The White House spin ahead …