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9:40 PM ET, January 4, 2008


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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Andy Olmsted  —  Andrew Olmsted, who also posted here as G'Kar, was killed yesterday in Iraq.  Andy gave me a post to publish in the event of his death; the last revisions to it were made in July.  —  Andy was a wonderful person: decent, honorable, generous, principled, courageous, sweet, and very funny.
Andrew Olmsted:
Final Post  —  “I am leaving this message for you because it appears I must leave sooner than I intended.  I would have preferred to say this in person, but since I cannot, let me say it here."  —  G'Kar, Babylon 5  —  “Only the dead have seen the end of war."  —  Plato*
Karl / protein wisdom:
Godspeed, Andrew Olmsted [Karl] - updated by Jeff  —  Via Memeorandum, some sad news from hilzoy at Obsidian Wings: … My heartfelt condolences go out to them as well.  I also thank him for his service to our country.  —  Incidentally, our esteemed host is mentioned in Olmsted's posthumous post …
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
GODSPEED MAJOR ANDREW OLMSTED  —  Just a month ago, I was interviewed by Chicago Magazine where the reporter asked me what blogs I read - I gave her Mudville, Mike Yon, Acute Politics and Andrew Olmsted.  —  I just found out that, yesterday, Andrew Olmsted's unit was ambushed.  Andrew was killed.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton takes a swipe at media  —  Bill Clinton voiced his abiding anger at the media's coverage of him and his wife in Durham, N.H., today, and suggested that media bias will force Clinton to go negative on Barack Obama.  —  He also expressed his frustration that his wife is perceived …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton reaches for the right argument  —  Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton listen to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally this morning in Nashua, N.H.  —  By Marcella Bombardieri, Globe Staff  —  NASHUA, N.H. — The 9/11 card.  The legacy card.  The trial-by-fire card.
Discussion: Wonkette and QandO
Joe Klein / Time:
Obama's Historic Victory  —  Barack Obama's first words after winning the Iowa caucus were intended for history and they were gorgeous: “They said this day would never come."  Perhaps he was thinking small.  Perhaps he was thinking about the long days in July and August and September …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Trust Me  —  In all my dealings with Obama people, as well as the man himself, there's always been this sense that they're constantly telling people, “Trust us.  We've thought this through.  We know what we're doing.  It'll work.  Yes we understand that you're uncomfortable with this …
Charles Peters / Washington Post:
Judge Him by His Laws  —  People who complain that Barack Obama lacks experience must be unaware of his legislative achievements.  One reason these accomplishments are unfamiliar is that the media have not devoted enough attention to Obama's bills and the effort required to pass them …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Two Earthquakes  —  I've been through election nights …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Exit Polls: Democrats Crush Republicans Across the Board  —  Is Iowa still a swing state?  After the big Democratic wave there in 2006, I had my doubts.  After looking into the exit polls, and adjusting for turnout numbers on both sides (239,000 in the Democratic caucus, 122,500 in the Republican caucus) …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Democratic Voters to Nutroots: Take a Long Virtual Walk Off a Short Virtual Pier
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
Matt Stoller / Open Left:   Turnout Thoughts  —  I am still gathering my thoughts on Obama's win.
Associated Press:
Fundraiser Hsu headed to prison  —  Democratic rainmaker also faces fraud charges in New York  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A judge on Friday sentenced disgraced political donor Norman Hsu to three years in state prison after rejecting the one-time Democratic rainmaker's bid to throw out a 16-year-old fraud conviction.
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
Hsu Ordered to Prison
The Corner:
Admit it  —  Let's say last night really did indicate that Hillary's negatives will keep her off the ticket.  (Or keep her from winning if she's on it.)  You know what?  Deep in my psyche, in the place that kind of misses the toothache I've been prodding at with my tongue, I am having a tiny little pang of missing Hillary.
Discussion: Cogitamus
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Worthless chatter  —  I love when this happens.  It's a reminder that the political prattle that spews forth from group-think media stars without end and which consumes our political dialogue for a full year is based on absolutely nothing.  Also, most predictive “analysis” …
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Feel the Love  —  Remember those heady days after the 2004 presidential elections when liberals were chided as coastal elites who were being punished by the electorate for mocking the heartland and its treasured traditional values?  Remember when those folksy Christian Midwesterners …
Economics Blog:
Economists React: ‘Looking for a Bunker to Hide in’  —  Economists and others weigh in on the weaker-than-expected gain in payrolls and the rise in the unemployment rate.  —  The sharp jump in the unemployment rate — from 4.7% to 5.0% — may be the most alarming feature of this report.
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Obama Makes a Clinton-Campaign Joke  —  Inside an old airplane hangar at what used to be Pease Airforce Base in Portsmouth, Barack Obama made his first New Hampshire appearance since his Iowa victory.  —  He recited his standard stump speech, but there was a confident, almost giddy …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
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Jason George / The Swamp:
Huckabee shifts the stump
Discussion: The Politico
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Ready, Set, New Hampshire Debate!
Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
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Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Wizbang
The Corner:
Heavens Above  —  The American Prospect's Ezra Klein:
The Corner:
Subject: Huckabee  —  Hi, Mr. Lowry:  —  Regarding SC and FL …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney drops tough immigration mail in N.H.
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Who's Afraid of Bill Kristol?
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
What I think I am nearly certain about
LowerManhattanite / Group News Blog:
Pride and Palpitations  —  Obama Iowa Victory photo via CBS News
Josephine Hearn / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Seabiscuit!  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - In a dawn appearance …
Discussion: The Swamp, The Seminal and MSNBC
The Corner:
Huckabee  —  Just looking at his pre-Iowa numbers in South Carolina …
Discussion: Macsmind
Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Giuliani stays positive despite weak campaign