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1:15 AM ET, January 10, 2008


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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 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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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 and Power Line
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Accuses U.S. of Faking Persian Gulf Video
Discussion: Emptywheel and TIME
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.”
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.
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.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Indicate They May Uphold Voter ID Rules
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
Marc Ambinder:
Romney Goes Dark In FL, South Carolina  —  Up on television in Florida and South Carolina through yesterday, Mitt Romney is not running any television ads in those states now, according to a Republican with knowledge of the traffic purchases in the state.  —  Romney's campaign hasn't booked any television time in those states, either.
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and BizzyBlog
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain shreds Romney's plan, is likely nominee
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.
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