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12:40 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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Gloria Steinem / New York Times:
Women Are Never Front-Runners  —  THE woman in question became a lawyer after some years as a community organizer, married a corporate lawyer and is the mother of two little girls, ages 9 and 6.  Herself the daughter of a white American mother and a black African father — in this race-conscious country …
1st votes counted in New Hampshire  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire (CNN) — Candidates vying for their parties' presidential nominations zigzagged across New Hampshire on Tuesday, trying to sway undecided voters before they cast ballots in the first-in-the-nation primary.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Even Conservative Media Chorus Sings Obama's Praises  —  Barack Obama, now the media's odds-on favorite to win the White House, is drawing effusive praise from the chattering classes.  —  “You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this. . . . This is a huge moment,” one commentator wrote.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Steinem: Vote For Hillary Or You're Sexist
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Frank Donatelli / The Hill:   McCain vs. Obama
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Surge of a different kind for Obama
Discussion: The Hill
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Candidacy's Prose and Cons
Discussion: The Newshoggers, The Caucus and Eunomia
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee vows to defy birthright citizenship  —  Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
You Have to Be Kidding Me  —  Now, I know most of the Republican candidates have changed certain of their positions.  But I have to say, when I read this story this morning, I was floored.  —  Heading into South Carolina, where illegal immigration appears to be the biggest issue among Republicans …
Christian Schneider / The Wisconsin Policy …:
The Woman Who Changed the World  —  With Barack Obama's meteoric rise topping the news these days, many people have forgotten the bizarre series of events that paved the way to his stunning ascendance.  It's especially interesting given that some personal and minor details …
James W. Ceaser / Weekly Standard:
Incorrect Change  —  The campaign's new theme.  —  Manchester, NH
Discussion: Power Line
Jose Antonio Vargas / The Trail:
Dartmouth Students Walk Out on Bill  —  HANOVER, N.H. — About thirty minutes into Bill Clinton's nearly two-hour stop here at Dartmouth College, a steady stream of students started walking out of the venue.  —  Moments later, Clinton — his voice hoarse, sometimes cracking …
Mark Blumenthal /
LOOKING FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE EXIT POLLS?  —  Looking for leaked exit poll results from New Hampshire?  Sorry to disappoint, but whatever their merits, we are unlikely to see any such leaked results until moments before the polls close.  —  In past years, the network consortium that conducts …
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
Obama's Surge Deflates Forum and Talk of a Bloomberg Run  —  NORMAN, Okla. — He arrived here for what seemed like it could be a big moment.  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, eyeing a third-party presidential bid, joined Republican and Democratic elders at a forum to denounce the extreme partisanship …
Washington Post:
See No Good  —  AT SATURDAY'S New Hampshire debate, Democratic candidates were confronted with a question that they have been ducking for some time: Can they concede that the “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq has worked?  All of them vehemently opposed the troop increase when President Bush proposed …
James Quinn / Telegraph:
US recession is already here, warns Merrill  —  The US has entered its first full-blown economic recession in 16 years, according to investment bank Merrill Lynch.  —  Merrill, itself one of Wall Street's biggest casualties of the sub-prime crisis, is the first major bank to declare …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Seriously, Is Matt Lauer Serious?  —  This morning, theToday Show host interviewed Mitt Romney with hostility and Hillary Clinton with protective understanding.  He asked Mitt if he's a liar buying the election and he asked Hillary about her emotions, both aired near the top of the show, Romney was live, Hillary was taped.
Pat Grossmith / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Large voter turnout reported  —  MANCHESTER - Long lines of people formed inside some polls this morning minutes after they opened at 6 a.m. for the New Hampshire presidential primary.  —  Louise Gosselin, Ward 6 moderator, said election officials expected about 150 people to vote each hour at St. Pius X on Candia Road.
Fouad Ajami / Opinion Journal:
Bush of Arabia  —  This U.S. president is the most consequential the Middle East has ever seen.  —  It was fated, or “written,” as the Arabs would say, that George W. Bush, reared in Midland, Texas, so far away from the complications of the foreign world, would be the leader to take America so deep into Arab and Islamic affairs.
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Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
President Clinton Sees Post-Iowa ‘Tidal Wave,’ Faults Press for Obama ‘Fairy Tale’
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TAP Talks to Elizabeth Edwards
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Faiz / Think Progress:
Giuliani invokes 9/11 when asked about Hillary's tears.
Washington Post:
Mr. Romney vs. Mr. Romney  —  MITT ROMNEY, struggling to revive …
Discussion: You Decide 08!
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Guy With the Bus Is on a Roll
Mary Katharine Ham /
Update:Ha.  Last night, when Obama was defending himself …
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Major U.S.-Iraqi operation begins
Discussion: Washington Post and The Swamp
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Protesters ask Clinton to iron shirts
David Colker / Bit Player:
CES: Gadget of the day  —  You know what a bother it is to carry …
Discussion: Corrente
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Tears Of A Clinton
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Why It's Suddenly Okay For the World To Feel Good About the U.S. Again
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Obama's Other Life
Christopher Hitchens / Slate: