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12:50 AM ET, January 12, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Racial tensions roil Democratic race  —  A series of comments from Senator Hillary Clinton, her husband, and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Bill Clinton: Obama's Candidacy Isn't The “Fairy Tale” — But His War Opposition Is  —  Bill Clinton just appeared on Al Sharpton's radio show, and was asked about his statements in New Hampshire that the media was pushing a “fairy tale” about Obama's candidacy.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Blue Mass. Group
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Clinton Aide: Obama Is For People Who Want “Imaginary Hip Black Friend”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TAKING A DEEP BREATH
Discussion: Democrats.com and Open Left
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: McCain gets 21-point bump after victory  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.  —  The senator from Arizona is the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination …
Marc Ambinder:
The Daily Five: Giuliani Loses His National Finance Chair  —  1. It's not a good sign that Giuliani's senior staff have decided to work without paychecks, and there is no way to spin it otherwise.  The amount of money that's involved is miniscule: about $50,000 per month.
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Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
Shut Up, Larry  —  When I read Lawrence O'Donnell's post calling John Edwards a “loser” and threatening a lifetime of infamy if he doesn't get out of the race, I immediately went to O'Donnell's bio to see his party affiliation.  I was sure it would say “R” — but it didn't.  It didn't say anything.
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Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
John Edwards is a loser.  He has won exactly two elections in his life and lost 31.  Only one of his wins and all of his losses were in presidential primaries and caucuses.  He remains perfectly positioned to continue to lose with a Kucinich-like consistency.  Nothing but egomania keeps Edwards in the race now.
Media Matters for America:
Does Chris Matthews have a problem with women?  —  Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “she devil” and compared her to a “strip-teaser."  He has called her “witchy” and likened her voice to “fingernails on a blackboard.”
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE AD MS. MAGAZINE REFUSED TO RUN:  —  The message, I take it, is pretty clear — “Feminists should like the way women are treated in Israeli life,” coupled with the pretty strong implication of “... and look how favorably it compares on this score to Israel's enemies.”
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
D.L.C. Leaders Cut Edwards Out  —  As would be expected, the two gentlemen from the Democratic Leadership Council on a conference call today told reporters they're very confident in their party's chances of reclaiming the White House, they're happy that substantive issues are being discussed ...
Salon:
“We're all fascists now”  —  Along those lines, you write, “What is fascist is the notion that in an organic national community, the individual has no right not to be healthy; and the state therefore has the obligation to force us to be healthy for our own good.”
Discussion: Think Progress
Matt / Think Progress:
Ricks: Baghdad Only Seems ‘Peaceful’ Because 2006 Was ‘Pure Hell’  —  Discussing the one-year anniversary of President Bush's call for the “surge” on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, Washington Post Pentagon reporter Thomas Ricks said that, “judged on the terms …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Mysterious crowd suddenly stopped Bhutto's car, officer says  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two new reports on the assassination last month of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto suggest that the killing may have been an ambitious plot rather than an isolated act of violence and that the government …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
HOW TO PREVENT A NAVAL WAR WITH IRAN.  —  Just how serious was the half-hour standoff Sunday morning between three American warships and five Iranian speed boats in the Strait of Hormuz?  Did we come close to war?  Was there any provocation?  Was the Pentagon's version of events, as the Iranians claim, a fake?
Katie / Blogging Faith:
Observant Jews Effectively Barred from Nevada Caucuses  —  We've been drawing attention this week to the fact that the media-sponsored exit polls in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary only asked Republicans if they are evangelicals - effectively rendering Democratic evangelical primary voters invisible.
 
 
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
“Occupation"?  —  In Ramallah yesterday President Bush declared there …
Margot Roosevelt / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. denial of California emissions waiver criticized
Felicity Barringer / International Herald Tribune:
California wants to control home thermostats
Discussion: Flopping Aces
The Raw Story:
Accused of misogyny, Matthews hits back at ‘View’ hosts
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
BREAKING NEWS: SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CASE THIS TERM
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Are We All Democrats Now?  —  Peace and prosperity are age-old winning campaign issues.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Controversial Voting Section Deps Get Demoted
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The durability of the chain (email) gang
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
Poll Positions  —  Michigan pollster Steve Mitchell …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Eunomia
Satyam / Think Progress:
Bush: If I ran for President, I'd be an ‘agent of change.’
Discussion: Wonkette
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: 'Listen'  —  Her new spot, airing in South Carolina …
Michelle Malkin:
Romney chokes up again
Discussion: The Corner and UNCoRRELATED
Mark R. Levin / National Review:
The Real McCain Record
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Who's Tired of Pink?
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
“We're all fascists now"  —  Jonah Goldberg is not a popular man among liberals.