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5:30 PM ET, January 7, 2008

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Drudge Report:
TALK OF HILLARY EXIT ENGULFS CAMPAIGNS  —  Facing a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Does she get out of the race?  And when?!
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton fights back tears: 'It's not easy'  —  Exhausted and facing the prospect of losing the second test of her primary campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton fought back tears as her voice broke at the close of a sedate event in a Portsmouth coffee shop.  —  She expressed the sheer difficulty …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Gets Emotional on Campaign Trail  —  ABC News' Kate Snow Reports: Campaigning in New Hampshire one day before the first-in-the-nation primary, Senator Hillary Clinton got emotional and had tears in her eyes as she spoke with voters about how hard it is to balance a busy campaign life and her passion for the country's future.
Robert Shrum / NY Daily News:
Sen. Clinton's massive mistake - and the final chance to fix it  —  Be Our Guest  —  If (although I strongly suspect the right word is “when") Hillary Clinton loses tomorrow's New Hampshire primary, there will be a few proto-obituaries for her campaign and many more stories about how it will be “shaken up” or “relaunched.”
Michael Elmore / Political Radar:
Rivals Reacts to Teary Clinton  —  ABC News' David Muir, Raelyn Johnson and Sunlen Miller Report: Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., on the tail end of his 36-hour campaigning marathon in New Hampshire on day before the primary vote, reacted to rival Sen. Hillary Clinton's emotional moment Monday.
Discussion: Too Sense, Feministing and Macsmind
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Can Clinton's Emotions Get the Best of Her?  —  N.Y. Senator's Recent Displays of Emotion Have Political Analysts Buzzing  —  How voters interpret Sen. Hillary Clinton's composure — emotional, cold or just plain tough — could be a deciding factor in her campaign for the presidency, political analysts told ABCNEWS.com.
Discussion: Cogitamus and Making Light
CNN:
Clinton gets emotional at New Hampshire stop  —  PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) — Hillary Clinton became visibly emotional at a New Hampshire campaign event today after a friendly question from a voter.  —  At the close of a Portsmouth campaign stop, Marianne Pernold-Young, 64, asked Clinton: “How do you do it?
WSJ.com:
Emotional Moment for Clinton in N.H.  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential campaign from Portsmouth, N.H.  —  Speaking to an intimate group of undecided voters this morning at a cafe in Portsmouth, N.H., Sen. Hillary Clinton showed a rare emotional side.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
EMOTION ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
The Anchoress:
Will 2008 finish what 1968 began?
Discussion: Associated Press
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Clinton choked up at NH roundtable
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Media Blog
The Politico:
Romney dials down expectations hard  —  Mitt Romney, a dominant favorite in New Hampshire just weeks ago, said Sunday that a “close second” to Arizona Sen. John McCain would be a significant feat on Tuesday.  —  The almost frantic downsizing of expectations for the former Massachusetts governor came …
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Conservative Victims  —  From Red State.  This is pretty hilarious even for them. … There's more, but you get the idea.  It's the fault of liberals that they can't run their website because... hell I don't know.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
RedState Tells Readers Scoop Developers Are All Liberals, So Fork Over $25 Grand  —  I realize that there's one born every minute, but in a letter to RedState readers, Erick Erickson says that their readers need to raise $25,000 in order to keep them from being overrun by a liberal plot:
Michael O'Hanlon / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Iraq  —  One of Sen. Barack Obama's many strengths is his ability to inspire beyond party lines.  Because he lacks the baggage of the past, and because his melodic message of hope speaks to many, he garnered much more support from independents in Iowa than either Hillary Clinton or John Edwards.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Whoopsie!  Kristol's First New York Times Column Attributes Quote To Wrong Author  —  So those critics who argued against the appointment of Bill Kristol as a New York Times columnist because of the quality of his work — rather than merely because of ideology — will now have yet more proof that they were on to something.
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William Kristol / New York Times:
President Mike Huckabee?
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Ron Paul Supporters Confront Frank Luntz  —  It's always great when Fox News calls for civility.  After excluding Ron Paul (who is, per some polls, in a statistical tie for third in the GOP New Hampshire primary) from the debate last night, Fox's official pollster Frank Luntz's feathers …
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Melissa Bailey / New Haven Independent:
“You are ignoring America's savior!”
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Cameron's Corner
New York Times:
U.S. Describes Confrontation With Iranian Boats  —  WASHINGTON — In a brief confrontation in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, five armed Iranian fast boats took aggressive actions on Sunday around three United States Navy warships in international waters, according to a Pentagon spokesman …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Huckabee Steps Back Into the Pulpit at Evangelical Church in N.H.  —  A pastor from Texas was scheduled to deliver the sermon Sunday at a church here called the Crossing.  —  But instead this small evangelical congregation heard from a different special guest: Baptist minister …
Mark R. Levin / Human Events:
Man of the Year: Rush Limbaugh  —  Rush Limbaugh's detractors never learn.  They've tried everything to come between Rush and his more than 20 million listeners, intending to destroy his appeal and impact.  But it's a hopeless, almost laughable endeavor.  They led boycotts against his advertisers …
Discussion: The Corner, Think Progress and Redstate
 
 
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