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9:30 AM ET, January 11, 2008


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New York Times:
Exchanges in Latest Debate Highlight a New Dynamic in the Republican Field  —  Fred D. Thompson tried to salvage his faltering presidential campaign at a debate Thursday night with a barrage of sharp attacks on the “liberal” policies of Mike Huckabee, the fellow Southerner whom he clearly sees as a rival in the South Carolina primary.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the G.O.P. Debate  —  Preaching to the Choir Katon Dawson, chairman of the S.C. Republican party, looks inappropriately cheerful as he welcomes the audience.  And yow,we're suddenly in the midst of a musical opening!  First time we've had the national anthem open a debate.  —  Welcome!
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:   Tonight's Debate  —  UPDATE: John McCain with Sean Hannity immediately …
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 …
The Campaign Spot:
Tonight, Fred Reminded Me of Roy Hobbs.  —  Winner: Thompson.  This performance was so commanding, I wanted his last answer to echo back to the lights in the back of the auditorium, blow out all the lamps and spotlights, for the theme to “the Natural” to play, and for him to trot around …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
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.
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Key Huckabee Backer in Michigan Is Obama Man
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hot Air
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Civil Rights Tone Prompts Talk of an Endorsement  —  WASHINGTON — Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, said he was rethinking his neutral stance in his state's presidential primary out of disappointment at comments by Bill …
Stephen Frothingham / Associated Press:
Kucinich Seeks NH Dem Vote Recount  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who won less than 2 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, said Thursday he wants a recount to ensure that all ballots in his party's contest were counted.  The Ohio congressman cited …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Debate Highlights: Fred takes Huck to the woodshed; Update: Fred on “virgins"; Update: Stalking horse?  —  Who wants some piping hot Fred?  Here he is taking Mike Huckabee to task for his campaign manager suggesting that the Reagan coalition is dead.  Fred then goes on to hammer Huckabee's liberal tendencies.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Comeback Continent  —  Today I'd like to talk about a much-derided contender making a surprising comeback, a comeback that calls into question much of the conventional wisdom of American politics.  No, I'm not talking about a politician.  I'm talking about an economy — specifically …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Group News Blog
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Todd / CNN:
Ron Paul: ‘No idea’ who wrote racist articles  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A series of newsletters in the name of GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul contain several racist remarks — including one that says order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went “to pick up their welfare checks.”
Ray Lilley / Associated Press:
Edmund Hillary, first atop Everest, dies  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday.  He was 88.
Robert D. McFadden / Associated Press:
Edmund Hillary, First on Everest, Dies at 88
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Bringing Obama Back to Earth  —  WASHINGTON — Was it the tears in the New Hampshire coffee shop?  Whenever there is a political upset, everyone looks for the unscripted incident, the I-paid-for-this-microphone moment that can account for it.  Hillary Clinton's improbable victory in New Hampshire …
USA Today:
Strict immigration law rattles Okla. businesses  —  PARK HILL, Okla. — Autumn had arrived in eastern Oklahoma, and workers at the sprawling Greenleaf Nursery were prepping for deadly frosts.  They needed to ship plants, erect greenhouses and bunch trees together to protect them against the cold.
Free exchange:
The miseducation of Amélie and Klaus  —  THE DELIGHTFUL article linked below explaining how transactions costs account for the existence of firms is an outstanding example of simple yet truly illuminating economics eduation.  I often fantasise about how much nicer the world might …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Crooked Timber
Steven E. Landsburg / Slate:
Huckabee's Tax Plan Is Brilliant  —  SO WHY IS IT GETTING TRASHED?  —  Mike Huckabee is not my favorite candidate, though I relish the irony of an evolution-denier whose basic appeal is to voters' most apelike instincts.  But I do give him credit for one thing: an innovative tax plan that's …
Discussion: The Plank and The RBC
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
General: Anbar Ready for Handover  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Iraq's western province of Anbar, hotbed of the Sunni Arab insurgency for the first four years of the war, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday.  —  In a telephone interview from Iraq …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Gateway Pundit
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