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12:25 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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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.
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.
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Fred Thompson — And The Morning After ...
Discussion: Macsmind
Bob / BobKrumm.com:
Who's stalking whom?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Huckabee backers work to steal Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air
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Michael James / Political Radar:
Clinton Bashes the Process Ahead of Nev. Caucuses  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: With the Nevada caucuses approaching on Jan. 19, Sen. Hillary Clinton reflected upon her defeat in the Iowa caucuses at an appearance in Las Vegas' District 11, a lower-income and predominately Hispanic part of town …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Spin Cycle
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.
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Christopher Chester / Associated Press:
A first!  Snow falls in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - After weathering nearly five years of war, Baghdad residents thought they'd pretty much seen it all.  But Friday morning, as muezzins were calling the faithful to prayer, the people here awoke to something certifiably new.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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 …
The Corner:
Paul the Peter  —  Andrew Sullivan: … [Me] Just so.  Furthermore, I doubt Paul has ever been any different.  I had a most interesting email yesterday from a friend in Texas.  My friend's father was a slightly-cranky far-rightist who'd corresponded with Paul in the early 1980s.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Kucinich Wants What?  —  Maybe Dennis Kucinich just wants to confirm that anyone in New Hampshire would be silly enough to vote for him.  The Democratic presidential also-ran has filed a formal request for a recount in the Granite State primary, based on — I'm not kidding — “allegations and rumors":
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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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Massive US Air Attack South of Baghdad  —  ZAMBARANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. warplanes unleashed one of the most intense airstrikes of the Iraq war Thursday, dropping 40,000 pounds of explosives in a thunderous 10-minute onslaught on suspected al-Qaida in Iraq safe havens in Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad.
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Iran Incident: The Backpedaling Begins  —  The backpedaling has begun regarding Pentagon claims that Iranian fast boats swarmed U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday.  —  As I noted here yesterday, my initial reaction was disbelief.  And that the incident was being used as a pretext …
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards and Organ Transplants  —  Campaigning in the primaries, former Sen. John Edwards is leveraging the tragic story of Nataline Sarkisyan — the 17-year-old California woman who recently died awaiting a liver transplant — to press his political attack on insurance companies and argue for European-style, single-payer health care.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Sister Toldjah
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Detainees barred from challenging torture, abuse  —  Ruling in a case of four Britons who formerly were detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the D.C. Circuit Court decided Friday that the prisoners have no right to sue top Pentagon officials and military officers for allegedly torturing …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 
 
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Yeas & Nays:
MoveOn.org peels editor off of satirical Onion paper
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's South Carolina Pro-Life Mailer
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The grave Iranian threat to world peace
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Lands Arizona Gov.'s Endorsement
Kirsten Danis / NY Daily News:
2 from Prez reform group quit to draft Mike
Associated Press:
US army rejects court martial of Abu Ghraib commander
Discussion: The Newshoggers
 Earlier Items: 
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Young Feminists Split: Does Gender Matter?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Musharraf: Don't Tread On Me  —  Plenty of presidential candidates …
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
“Old News"? “Rehashed for Over a Decade"?
FactCheck.org:
Sliming Obama  —  Dueling chain e-mails claim he's a radical Muslim …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Crying Now?  —  One way to see what happened Tuesday …
Free exchange:
The miseducation of Amélie and Klaus
Steven E. Landsburg / Slate:
Huckabee's Tax Plan Is Brilliant
Discussion: Angry Bear, The Plank and The RBC
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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