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5:55 PM ET, January 11, 2008

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Human Events:
HUMAN EVENTS Endorses Fred Thompson  —  The 2008 presidential election is the most unusual and most important in many years.  It's been more than five decades since such a race didn't feature an incumbent President or Vice President.  Since World War II, America has not had a presidential election …
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough: ‘Pathetic Lapdog Freddie Boy, Hatchet Man for McCain’  —  See updates for Huckabee, Thompson responses to this story at bottom.  —  Scratch Joe Scarborough from the list of those praising the performance of Fred Thompson at last night's South Carolina debate hosted by Fox News.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Bringing in Pinkerton, Huck builds a policy shop
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
A Big Night For Huckabee
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Crunchy Con
Kos / Daily Kos:
Let's have some fun in Michigan  —  In 1972, Republican voters in Michigan decided to make a little mischief, crossing over to vote in the open Democratic primary and voting for segregationist Democrat George Wallace, seriously embarrassing the state's Democrats.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: New Hampshire win rockets McCain to front-runner status  —  Steinhauser is CNN's 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 …
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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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: HILLARY MEETS THE PRESS
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
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.”
Discussion: Commentary
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE AD MS. DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE  —  The American Jewish Congress submitted this understated advertisement about the status of women in Israel to Ms. Magazine.  Underneath the attractive photographs of Israel's foreign minister (Tzipi Livni), Supreme Court president (Dorit Beinish) …
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
LAS VEGAS STOP: Clinton pitch hits home  —  Democratic hopeful goes door to door  —  People in the Las Vegas neighborhood saw all the cameras and trucks and buses and police on the streets Thursday, and they began to trickle out of their houses to find out what was going on.
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CNN:
Top Giuliani staffers to go without pay  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — CNN has learned that top staff members of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign were asked to work without pay for the month of January, and perhaps longer, so that campaign resources could be focused on the Florida Republican presidential primary.
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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.”
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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.
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?
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
TALKING....Walter Russell Mead on why the “incident” …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Early Warning
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
“We're all fascists now”  —  Jonah Goldberg is not a popular man among liberals.  The son of Lucianne Goldberg, the literary agent who played a pivotal role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he already had that as a strike against him when he began his career as a conservative political commentator in the late 1990s.
Agence France Presse:
Judge nixes hearing on destroyed CIA tapes  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — A federal judge Thursday rejected a request by war-on-terror detainees in Guantanamo who sought a hearing on the destruction of videotapes showing CIA interrogations of terror suspects, a court source said.
Discussion: The Corner
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:   Appeals court rules against ex-detainees
Reuters:
Snow falls on Baghdad for first time in memory  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace.  —  “It is the first time we've seen snow in Baghdad,” said 60-year-old Hassan Zahar.  “We've seen sleet before, but never snow.
Michelle Malkin:
Romney chokes up again  —  I seriously think we need to start sending all the presidential candidates little bottles of Johnson and Johnson's baby shampoo.  Because if there are any more tears on the campaign trail, Election 2008 is going to turn into Lifetime Television.
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Discussion: QandO, Yahoo! News and Firedoglake
 
 
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Mark R. Levin / National Review:
The Real McCain Record
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
D.L.C. Leaders Cut Edwards Out
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and TPMCafe blogs
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems offer olive branch on econ package
Discussion: The Swamp
MSNBC:
Roseanne debates candidates, slams Oprah
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Who's Tired of Pink?
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
More On Choosing A Vice-President: Seek Reinforcement, Not Balance
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Menino decries clinics in retailers
Wall Street Journal:
Wiretap Politics  —  Senator Chris Dodd's Presidential campaign died …
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Yeas & Nays:
MoveOn.org peels editor off of satirical Onion paper
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Bush: US should have acted on Auschwitz
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Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Massive US Air Attack South of Baghdad
 

 
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