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5:15 PM ET, January 6, 2008


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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PACK....Ezra Klein watches pack journalism at work, 2008 style, and it's not pretty.  Nickel version: If some other reporter says Hillary Clinton melted down because she displayed a flash of emotion in last night's debate, then she melted down.  After all, who are you going to believe, the spin room or your own lyin' eyes?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY TAKE ON THE DEM DEBATE  —  So, a few observations about the Democratic debate.  —  First, a few months ago, I said that I didn't get what Barack Obama thought he was doing in one of the debates, that he was doing a very good job debating as the frontrunner, when in fact he was falling further and further behind Hillary Clinton.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE PRESS CORPS.  —  Read Chris Hayes on the psychology of the press corps here.  I'd add that it's a bit astonishing to watch the real-time narrative construction that went on at last night's debate.  I must have heard the term “meltdown” in reference to Hillary 65 times.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Hindrocket / Power Line:
LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE: A POST-MORTEM  —  I wasn't able to watch the Republican debate last night, so I viewed it this morning here.  I haven't read any newspaper coverage of the debate yet, but have briefly scanned 30 or 40 emails from the campaigns, from which it appears that, as usual, all of the candidates are claiming victory.
Hugh Hewitt /
Romney's Weekend  —  Mitt Romney had an excellent exchange with Chris Wallace this morning on the network conservatives watch, the sort of confident showing that brings voters over, even as John McCain was deep in the immigration swamp on Meet The Press and the Manchester Union Leader led …
Discussion: The Corner and Oliver Willis
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Candidates show love, hate on shows
Discussion: The Swamp
John McCain / The Page:
GOP Debate: Halperin's Report Cards
Michael Scherer / TIME: Swampland:
The GOP's High School Debate: The cool kid vs. the valedictorian
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:   Iowa Victories Scramble the Money Game, Too
George McGovern / Washington Post:
Why I Believe Bush Must Go  —  Nixon Was Bad.  These Guys Are Worse.  —  As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims  —  Islamic extremists have created “no-go” areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.  —  The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:   The men without a country
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
He Came, and He Saw, but Did He Moderate?  —  The first debates after the Iowa caucuses were a crucible for the candidates, but they were also a test of the Gibson Doctrine.  ABC's anchor, Charles Gibson, began the evening with a policy statement: “The less of a moderator, the better.”
Discussion: TVNewser and Blog
Mark Finkelstein /
Fred to MSM: ‘I Owe You Nothing’  —  Fred Thompson today blasted the media for propagating a false rumor about his impending withdrawal, while reinforcing the role he has created for himself as the candidate in this race who does not suffer unwelcome questions gladly.
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets  —  A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets.  —  Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI …
Madeleine Sauer / ABCNEWS:
American Al Qaeda Leader To Bush: ‘We Will Be Waiting For You’  —  Native Californian Al Qaeda Leader Makes Threats Against Bush Middle East Visit  —  American Al Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn told his followers to welcome Bush “with bombs and traps” upon his upcoming visit to the Middle East this week.
Washington Wire:
ClintonÂ's Message on Change Goes Unchanged  —  Brody Mullins reports from Nashua, N.H., on the presidential race:  —  At Sen. Hillary Clinton's first public appearance since last night's ABC News debate, she continued unabated with her message that her opponents are only talking about change …
Discussion: Open Left
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly crashes Obama's NH speech and asks to interview him!  Don't do it!  —  After Bill O'Reilly had an altercation with Marvin Nicholson, Obama's National Trip Director—he crashes and asks Obama if he'll come on The Factor.  —  Download (1995) |  Play (3337) Download (1026) |
Discussion: Open Left
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Obama catches Clinton, McCain on top in New Hampshire
The Corner:
McCain and the Debate
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