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4:10 PM ET, January 10, 2008


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Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary without tears  —  Why it's time to close the book on the Clintons — and herald the Obamas!  Plus: Iran war hawks, Russian drag queens and the genius of Zeppelin.  —  As her husband has dragged his numerous female play objects before her and has humiliated her on the public stage year after year …
Karen Brooks / Dallas Morning News:
Bloggers form theory New Hampshire vote was rigged  —  Posts question polls' inaccuracy, point to documentary on fraud  —  —  AUSTIN - The results weren't even in when the blogosphere started to hum with a theory that sharply divided Democrats online …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
John Kerry to endorse Obama  —  Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the Democratic Party's 2004 presidential nominee, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president in South Carolina today, Democratic sources told Politico.  —  Kerry is flying to South Carolina for an event to be held shortly …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kerry's Endorsement of Obama: Assessing the Impact
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
BLOGBURST FOR FRED: MAN THE OARS AND START PULLING  —  Fred Thompson's campaign is once again at a critical juncture and again I am showing my support for the candidate of my choice by organizing a Blogburst in hopes that we can raise the funds necessary for Fred's campaign to be competitive.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Fred Thompson Blogger Call  —  Fred Thompson held his first extensive blogger conference this afternoon, and he emphasized his individualism and his authenticity as his greatest assets in the race.  He's touring South Carolina and seeing a lot of support — and also a lot more people …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
The Corner:
McLead in SC  —  Rasmussen has McCain jumping ahead of Huckabee for the Jan. 19 South Carolina primary...  Romney is at 16 percent, Thompson at 12, Giuliani at 6, Paul at 5.  If Romney drops out after Michigan, does that suddenly make Thompson viable?  Does it give Huckabee or McCain a boost?
Rich Lowry / The Corner:   Skipping SC?  —  Let's say, Romney doesn't win Michigan.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: McCain Takes the Lead in South Carolina GOP Primary
Rick Karlin / Albany Times Union:
And Cuomo Too  —  I suppose there could be lots of tea leaf reading in this one, but now its AG Andrew Cuomo on Talk 1300, minutes after the governor came on.  Cuomo, to be fair, has been on the radio show a few times, if memory serves me, but his take on Hillary's win in NH …
The Politico:
Dept. of word choice  —  A prominent New York Clinton supporter, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, on Iowa and New Hampshire: … UPDATE: Though the report I link refers specifically to New Hampshire, Cuomo called to play the tape of the interview, in which he says nice things about Obama …
U.S.: Voices on Recording May Not Have Been From Iranian Speedboats  —  Chilling Threat Could Have Come From the Shore or Another Ship, Navy Says  —  Just two days after the U.S. Navy released the eerie video of Iranian speedboats swarming around American warships, which featured a chilling threat …
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
FBI Wiretaps Dropped Due to Unpaid Bills  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Telephone companies cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time, according to a Justice Department audit released Thursday.
Michelle Malkin:
Homeland insecurity watch: FBI wiretaps dropped due to unpaid phone bills
Discussion: and On Deadline
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 …
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.
Dallas Morning News:
Lewisville cab driver had been investigated for previous abuse  —  Sarah Said's final phone call rang into the Irving police dispatcher about 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Day: “I'm dying, I'm dying, I'm dying ..."  —  About an hour later, a man walked up to an orange cab parked at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving.
Michelle Malkin:
“My dad found out abt mina and is goin to kill us.”
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
An Old Democratic Fault Line  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — All 50 states hold elections, but only New Hampshire raises the dead.  John McCain and Hillary Clinton, like Bill before her, have now been saved from political extinction by Granite State voters, who have managed in the process to set …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ross Douthat:
Two Houses Divided  —  Piggybacking on columns by Harold Meyerson …
Discussion: Eunomia
Michael Medved /
TIME TO APOLOGIZE, HUGH  —  On the day of the New Hampshire Primary, I spent a good deal of time on the radio with my friend and Townhall colleague Hugh Hewitt, debating issues and candidates both on his show and my own.  —  Hugh's a great guy, and one of the best political commentators in the country …
Discussion: James Wolcott's Blog
Race At A Glance Total Primary Votes: Romney  —  McCain  —  Huckabee  —  Giuliani  —  Thompson  —  Iowa  —  29,494  —  15,559  —  40,841  —  4,097  —  15,904  —  New Hampshire  —  75,202  —  88,447  —  26,760  —  20,387  —  2,884  —  Total  —  104,696  —  104,006
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Michelle Malkin:
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Yale and the Terrorist  —  John Yoo can be forgiven …
Rebecca Traister / Salon:
The witch ain't dead, and Chris Matthews is a ding-dong
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Romney's Fishy Delegate Claim
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