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10:35 PM ET, January 9, 2008


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Richardson to end presidential run  —  Democratic N.M. governor to announce decision Thursday, sources say  —  MERRIMACK, N.H. - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will announce Thursday that he is ending his campaign for the presidency, sources inside the Richardson campaign confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday.
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.
Sources: Bill Richardson to drop out of '08 race
Discussion: Associated Press and Politics
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:   Breaking News: N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson drops out
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
A New Disgrace at HuffPo  —  They come so frequently, it's hard to get worked up, but there's a dead giveaway this time.  The teaser for the piece reads, “At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the Islamic Republic...” The author is Hooman Majd, who accuses the Pentagon of manufacturing …
Discussion: Hot Air
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Accuses U.S. of Faking Persian Gulf Video
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.”
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.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain shreds Romney's plan, is likely nominee  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — During four final days of campaigning after the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire's Republican primary was one-on-one between Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Eunomia and
Marc Ambinder:
Romney Goes Dark In FL, South Carolina
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:   Domino's Pizza founder delivers to Romney's door
Cindy Bevington /
Voter cited by opponents of Indiana's ID law registered in two states  —  WASHINGTON - On the eve of a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana Voter ID law has become a story with a twist: One of the individuals used by opponents to the law as an example of how the law hurts older Hoosiers is registered to vote in two states.
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 …
Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
Fox News: We Report — Even if We Know It's False  —  I've been dealing with the media and politics for 25 years, but I've never had a more surrealistic day than January 8.  Several times that day Fox News reported that I was joining Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Associated Press:
Study: 151,000 Iraqis died in 3 years after U.S. invasion  —  About 151,000 Iraqis died from violence in the three years after the United States invaded, concludes the best effort yet to count deaths — one that still may not settle the fierce debate over the war's true toll on civilians and others.
Discussion: D-Day
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 …
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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
It's Different for Girls
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Federal Judge Won't Review Destruction Of CIA Videotapes
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
Rep. Barney Frank / The Huffington Post:
Refight the Nineties?
Discussion: Corrente
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Blow It Again
The Corner:
Sarkozy, Too Cozy  —  So, Sarkozy wins election as prime minister …
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