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1:40 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   If It's An Election, There Must Be A Conspiracy
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Report: Kerry Endorsing Obama  —  John Kerry will endorse Barack Obama, the Associated Press is reporting, quoting an unnamed source.  —  Late Update: Kerry and Obama will be making an appearance together today in Charleston, South Carolina, MSNBC reports. —gs
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.
Washington Post:
For U.S., The Goal Is Now ‘Iraqi Solutions’  —  Approach Acknowledges Benchmarks Aren't Met  —  In the year since President Bush announced he was changing course in Iraq with a troop “surge” and a new strategy, U.S. military and diplomatic officials have begun their own quiet policy shift.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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.”
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.
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
The Clinton Style & the Road Ahead
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michelle Malkin:
Homeland insecurity watch: FBI wiretaps dropped due to unpaid phone bills  —  Incompetence, as we have seen time again over the course of the Bush administration's botched handling of border security, immigration enforcement, and TSA policies, knows no partisan bounds.  And it isn't limited to DHS or TSA.
Discussion: Threat Level and On Deadline
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
FBI Wiretaps Dropped Due to Unpaid Bills
Discussion: Wonkette
Elizabeth Benjamin / New York Daily News Blogs:
Unity08 To Jump On Bloomberg Bandwagon?  —  A source familiar with the Bloomberg for president movement says the bipartisan Unity08 effort is poised to shut down its Web site, reconstitute as a Draft Bloomberg site and launch its own 50-state signature-gathering operation on behalf …
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: Punditry
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?
Andrew Kohut / New York Times:
Getting It Wrong  —  THE failure of the New Hampshire pre-election surveys to mirror the outcome of the Democratic race is one of the most significant miscues in modern polling history.  All the published polls, including those that surveyed through Monday, had Senator Barack Obama comfortably ahead …
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 …
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:
Dave Barry / Seattle Times:
The only change to fear is fear of change itself  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The voters of New Hampshire have made their decision, and the big winner is: Change.  Here's the final vote tally:  —  Change — 43 percent;  —  Hope — 28 percent;  —  Hope For Change — 17 percent;  —  Hair — 9 percent;
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Chris Matthews: Raw EXIT POLL Data ‘Indicated Significant Victory’ for Obama in NH  — NOTE: This item set to 'Stay-on-Top'.  Scroll down for latest items!  Chris Matthews: Raw EXIT POLL Data ‘Indicated Significant Victory’ for Obama in NH  —  ‘Was Ahead an Average of 8 Points, Even in Our Own Exit Polls’
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.
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?
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Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Degrees of Confidence on U.S.-Iran Naval Incident
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Matthew Yglesias:
Obama and Anger  —  Mark Kleiman posts an email from a friend …
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George Miller endorses Obama
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Wall Street Journal:
Yale and the Terrorist  —  John Yoo can be forgiven …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Getting Out the Barack Vote: Did Race Cost Obama Win in New Hampshire?
Pajamas Media:
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Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
Dems push ‘uncommitted’ option
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Rebecca Traister / Salon:
The witch ain't dead, and Chris Matthews is a ding-dong