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8:50 PM ET, January 9, 2008


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Co-Chair Questions Hillary's Tears  —  The Tears are now officially an issue in Campaign 2008.  —  Obama's national campaign co-chair, Jesse Jackson, Jr., just went on MSNBC and appeared to question Hillary's tears, which he called “tears that melted the Granite State,” adding that those tears “moved voters.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
MoDo On Clinton  —  She gets the core narcissism at the heart of the Clinton machine: … My fear is that if you merely wound her candidacy, you are in danger.  The Clinton machine is now poised to pull every partisan lever and deploy every cheap tactic: the gender card, the elderly card …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?  —  DERRY, N.H.  —  When I walked into the office Monday, people were clustering around a computer to watch what they thought they would never see: Hillary Clinton with the unmistakable look of tears in her eyes.  —  A woman gazing at the screen was grimacing, saying it was bad.
Woman Who Made Clinton Cry Voted for Obama  —  The New Hampshire Woman Who Sparked Clinton's Emotional Moment Voted for Obama  —  The woman whose empathetic question — “how do you do it?"  — sparked uncharacteristic emotion Monday from Sen. Hillary Clinton ended up voting for Sen. Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary.
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
New Hampshire's Polling Fiasco
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Richardson Ends Bid  —  MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals' star power.
Richardson campaign denies withdrawal report  —  AP reports N.M. governor is pulling out of Democratic presidential race  —  MERRIMACK, N.H. - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency after twin fourth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
CIA whistle-blower Philip Agee dies in Cuba  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Philip Agee, a former CIA spy who exposed its undercover operations in Latin America in a 1975 book, died in Havana, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Wednesday.  —  Agee, 72, died on Monday night …
Hooman Majd / The Huffington Post:
It's a Fake  —  The Pentagon's version of the encounter in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning, involving U.S. Navy warships and Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boats is, at the very least highly suspicious.  On Tuesday, the Navy released video footage and an audiotape to back its claims …
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Accuses U.S. of Faking Persian Gulf Video
Discussion: Emptywheel
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney drops TV ads in key states  —  Mitt Romney hasn't extended his television presence into next week in South Carolina and Florida, an aide confirms.  —  Romney has been on TV for months in both, owning the airwaves long before his GOP rivals purchased their first spots.
Marc Ambinder:
Romney Goes Dark In FL, South Carolina
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain shreds Romney's plan, is likely nominee
Discussion: Eunomia
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: The partisan elephant unnoticed in the room  —  The Supreme Court, studiously avoiding almost all mention that it was examining a thoroughly partisan political battle, spent a spirited hour on Wednesday looking for ways either to scuttle a major test case over voters' rights or to find a way …
Bill Mears / CNN:   Supreme Court appears likely to back voter ID law
White House:
President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert Participate in Joint Press Availability  —  PRIME MINISTER OLMERT: Good evening.  I am proud and delighted to welcome President Bush to the Prime Minister's home in Jerusalem.  We spent more than two and a half hours talking privately and with the delegations …
Washington Post:
Bush, Olmert Hold a News Conference in Jerusalem
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
One Day After Saying He'll “Never Underestimate Hillary Clinton Again,” Chris Matthews Says She's Only A Presidential Candidate Because Bill “Messed Around"  —  January 9, 2008 — 9:36 AM EST // link //  —  Normally Chris Matthews isn't worth the bother, because he serves up so much non-stop clowning …
John Zogby / Zogby:
Polling the New Hampshire Primaries: What Happened?  —  President and CEO  —  Zogby International  —  There was no shortage of polls going into the New Hampshire primary in 2008 and it looks like we all missed the mark on the Democratic side.  This will require a lot of scrutiny …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Blow It Again
The Corner:
Sarkozy, Too Cozy  —  So, Sarkozy wins election as prime minister …
Associated Press:
Study: 151,000 Iraqis died in 3 years after U.S. invasion
Nick Beaudrot / Cogitamus:
2008 New Hampshire Primary Results Map
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Open Left
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Domino's Pizza founder delivers to Romney's door
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Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
Thank You, Joe and Chris
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Why not a North American Union?
Discussion: Lonewacko
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Craig fights to have plea withdrawn
Discussion: The Corner
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh, for frack's sake...
Joan Barron /
Some question Romney ‘victory’
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
GOP officials urging embattled Calif. Rep. Doolittle not to seek reele
Lauren Effron / Political Radar:
Obama Endorsed by Culinary Workers Union
Mahjoun / Drunkard's Lamppost:
Diebold and New Hampshire