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3:35 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.
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.”
Mark R. Levin / National Review:
The Real McCain Record  —  There's a reason some conservatives who support John McCain are rarely willing to discuss the bulk of his record.  They want to discuss his personal story, his position on the surge, and his supposed electability.  And when questions are raised about McCain's broader record …
Michael Winter / On Deadline:
80 arrested in Guantanamo protest at Supreme Court  —  Police arrested 80 protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court today during a protest marking the sixth anniversary of the first terror suspects imprisoned at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay.  Similar protests were held in Australia, Europe and Africa.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   High Court Accepts Case on Provision Of McCain-Feingold
Jen Nessel /
Judges Dismiss Suit Seeking Damages for Guantanamo Torture
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TAKING A DEEP BREATH  —  It is remarkable, or perhaps it's not so remarkable, how rapidly this punching match over race has escalated between the Clinton and Obama camps.  Even calling it that is perhaps controversial in itself.  —  I'm discussing this with you because it's quickly become …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Clinton Aide: Obama Is For People Who Want “Imaginary Hip Black Friend”  —  An anonymous Clinton adviser made an interesting comment to The Guardian, explaining the difference between Hillary supporters and Obama supporters.  —  “If you have a social need, you're with Hillary,” the aide said.
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.
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 …
Discussion: At-Largely
Up in the air  —  America wants change; it just can't work out what sort of change  —  IF A week is famously a long time in British politics, five days can be an eternity in America.  On January 3rd Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton by roughly 17,000 votes, out of around 220,000 cast …
Discussion: Times of London and BAGnewsNotes
Daniel Gross / Newsweek:
Mitt vs. Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air and
Ronald Brownstein /
The Road Ahead  —  This could go on for a while.  —  That was the overriding message from the dramatic comeback victories in the New Hampshire primary by Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  Combined with the outcomes of the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire results leave …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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 ...
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
Executive hailed in China as he flees UK
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats See Enthusiasm Gap in Their Favor
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
Bloomberg Is Deposed in Guns Case
Anthony D. Romero / Salon:
Our shameful Guantanamo anniversary
Discussion: Think Progress
John Solomon / Washington Post:
FBI Picks Terrorism Expert to Lead Agency's National Security Sector
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BREAKING NEWS: American Journalist Nicholas Schmidle Deported From Pakistan
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
“Occupation"?  —  In Ramallah yesterday President Bush declared there …
“We're all fascists now"  —  Along those lines, you write …
Discussion: Think Progress
Katie / Blogging Faith:
Observant Jews Effectively Barred from Nevada Caucuses
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Are We All Democrats Now?  —  Peace and prosperity are age-old winning campaign issues.
Discussion: RADAMISTO and New York Times
Michelle Malkin:
Romney chokes up again
Discussion: The Corner and UNCoRRELATED
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Who's Tired of Pink?