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3:20 PM ET, January 11, 2008

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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.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Democrats for Romney  —  Given that there's no Democratic primary …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Huckabee hopes to steal win in Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:   A Big Night For Huckabee
New York Times:
Exchanges in Latest Debate Highlight a New Dynamic in the Republican Field
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.
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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL, WHO'S THE BIGGEST PANDERER OF ALL?....Mike Huckabee currently has the loopiest tax proposal on the table, a 30% national sales tax that he supports because he read a book about it once and thought it sounded kinda neat.  It's unworkable, hugely regressive …
CNN:
Giuliani pledges largest tax cut in U.S. history
Discussion: Firedoglake and MSNBC
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:
Snow day in the sands of Baghdad
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.
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: The Daily Dish, Hot Air and Vox Popoli
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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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Agence France Presse:
Judge nixes hearing on destroyed CIA tapes
Discussion: The Corner
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) …
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Meryl Yourish / Yourish.com:
Ms. Magazine refuses to publish ad about Israel's most powerful women
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: HILLARY MEETS THE PRESS
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Wall Street Journal:
Wiretap Politics  —  Senator Chris Dodd's Presidential campaign died with a whimper in Iowa.  But he still seems to be dictating national security policy to fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill, and unless the Bush Administration is willing to fight, perhaps to the next President too.
Discussion: Open Left, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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?
Stephen Smith / Boston Globe:
Menino decries clinics in retailers  —  Urges health council to bar infirmaries from opening in city  —  Mayor Thomas M. Menino embarked on a highly public campaign yesterday to block CVS Corp. and other retailers from opening medical clinics inside their stores, an effort that exposed …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Amanda Terkel / American Prospect:
The Fraud of Voter ID Laws  —  Voting irregularities?  There may be ballot box stuffing, electronic voter machine hacking, and list manipulation.  Voter ID laws, however, don't address these problems.  —  Everything was supposed to change after Bush v. Gore.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Lands Arizona Gov.'s Endorsement  —  UPDATE, 11:45 am: The Post's Dan Balz and Shailagh Murray scored an interview with Napolitano in which she confirmed her endorsement.  “I think we need fresh voices and fresh messages of unity and coming together,” Napolitano told the duo.
Discussion: Open Left
 
 
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MSNBC:
Bush: I would run as ‘change’ agent
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Mozilo could reap $115 million
Casey Woods / MiamiHerald.com:
Journalist: There is a new fear among Jews in Venezuela
Yeas & Nays:
MoveOn.org peels editor off of satirical Onion paper
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's South Carolina Pro-Life Mailer
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz
Discussion: Wonkette and BuzzFlash.org
 Earlier Items: 
Kirsten Danis / NY Daily News:
2 from Prez reform group quit to draft Mike
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards and Organ Transplants
Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Massive US Air Attack South of Baghdad
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Crying Now?  —  One way to see what happened Tuesday …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Bringing Obama Back to Earth
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Comeback Continent
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Agonist