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9:20 AM ET, January 10, 2008


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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Richardson Drops Out of Democratic Race  —  Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is pulling out of the presidential race, after coming in fourth in both the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses.  —  Mr. Richardson made the decision after returning to New Mexico yesterday and meeting with his top advisers.
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.
New York Times:   Michigan Next, G.O.P. Rivals Turn to the Economy
David Espo / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama dig in for long fight
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Women's Support for Clinton Rises in Wake of Perceived Sexism  —  If the race wasn't about gender already, it certainly is now.  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been running for president for nearly a year.  But in the past week, women in Iowa mostly rejected her, a few days before women in New Hampshire embraced her.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and American Street
The Politico:
Dem front-runners face urgent choices
Discussion: New York Times
Patrick Ruffini / TownHall Blog:   HRC's Sexism Factor
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary without tears
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
New Estimate of Violent Deaths Among Iraqis Is Lower  —  A new survey estimates that 151,000 Iraqis died from violence in the three years following the U.S.-led invasion of the country.  Roughly 9 out of 10 of those deaths were a consequence of U.S. military operations, insurgent attacks and sectarian warfare.
Violence-Related Mortality in Iraq from 2002 to 2006
Discussion: FP Passport and Harry's Place
Associated Press:
Study: 151,000 Iraqis died in 3 years after U.S. invasion
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robert Morris /
Six candidates to appear at GOP debate  —  Following the New Hampshire primary, six Republican candidates will attend Thursday night's debate in Myrtle Beach, state party officials said today.  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: My Man
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain shreds Romney's plan, is likely nominee
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.
CBS News:
Clinton On Her Win, Rivals' “Buddy System”  —  Hours After Her N.H. Win, Comeback Clinton Raps Her Opponents … CLINTON: On Tuesday morning when I got up before the sun was up, and was out helping to deliver coffee to everybody who was working for me, I felt really good by the time I came in around early afternoon.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against The “Buddy System”
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakespeare's Sister
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter  —  For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.  —  But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
Wall Street Journal:
The Surge Worked  —  It was exactly one year ago tonight, in a televised address to the nation, that President George W. Bush announced his fateful decision to change course in Iraq, and to send five additional U.S. combat brigades there as part of a new counterinsurgency strategy and under the command of a new general, David Petraeus.
Discussion: Matt Zeitlin and Bookworm Room
Goldman Sachs sees recession in 2008  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs on Wednesday said it expects the U.S. economy to drop into recession this year, prompting the Federal Reserve to slash benchmark lending rates to 2.5 percent by the third quarter.  —  In a note to clients …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Hillary's Free Pass  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.  —  Whatever your politics, people, you have to admit this is one great presidential race.  What next?  Fred Thompson takes Florida on a sympathy vote from retirees?  (They like a leader who's really, really rested.)  John Edwards finds a new emotion for South Carolina?
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Why Hillary Won  —  What would Shakespeare's Jack Cade say after the New Hampshire Democratic primary?  Maybe the demagogue in “Henry VI” would call for the pollsters to be killed first, not the lawyers.  —  The opinion researchers find themselves in a difficult place after most predicted a big Obama sweep.
Discussion: TigerHawk
James Risen / New York Times:
2005 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions  —  WASHINGTON — The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel.  —  Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas …
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Romney's Fishy Delegate Claim  —  Why is the former Massachusetts governor telling folks that he leads in delegates?  —  In Boston today, Romney told supporters, “we have more delegates than any other Republican candidate running for president."  —  Here's the ABC News GOP Delegate Estimate:
Discussion: Redstate and Riehl World View
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
Johnson backs Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
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