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2:15 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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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 …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
A Big Night For Huckabee  —  For the third time in six days, the Republican candidates gathered for a presidential debate in South Carolina on Thursday night.  They say the presidential campaign isn't a sprint but a marathon.  This week, it felt like a triathlon.  —  The pre-debate agendas for each candidate were clear.
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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.
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Huckabee sows seeds to steal Michigan from Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Fred Thompson — And The Morning After ...
Discussion: Macsmind
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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Michael James / Political Radar:
Clinton Bashes the Process Ahead of Nev. Caucuses
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.
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, Vox Popoli and Hot Air
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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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CNN:
Giuliani pledges largest tax cut in U.S. history  —  (CNN) — Rudy Giuliani has launched a new ad in which the Republican presidential candidate pledges that his first priority as president will be a proposal for the largest tax cut in U.S. history ­ one which would dwarf successful cuts …
Discussion: Firedoglake and MSNBC
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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The Trail:
Napolitano Cites Need For ‘Fresh Voices’ in Obama Pick
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The grave Iranian threat to world peace  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Iran is a dangerous threat to world peace, a rogue nation, with religious fanatics as leaders who constantly threaten other countries with war:  —  CNN, June 5, 2007: … In other news, Bush yesterday, while in Israel, threatened Iran again.
Discussion: The Stump and Middle Earth Journal
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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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Flopping Aces
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
More Proof That The Surge Is A Success: The Return Of “Shock And Awe”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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) …
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 …
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 …
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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Alex Koppelman / Salon:
“We're all fascists now"  —  Jonah Goldberg is not a popular man among liberals.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Stephen Frothingham / Associated Press:
Kucinich Seeks NH Dem Vote Recount
The State:
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MSNBC:
Bush: I would run as ‘change’ agent
Amanda Terkel / American Prospect:
The Fraud of Voter ID Laws
Kathy M. Kristof / Los Angeles Times:
Mozilo could reap $115 million
Casey Woods / MiamiHerald.com:
Journalist: There is a new fear among Jews in Venezuela
Discussion: Fausta's blog and Atlas Shrugs
Wall Street Journal:
The Right ‘Stimulus’
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Plank
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's South Carolina Pro-Life Mailer
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Kirsten Danis / NY Daily News:
2 from Prez reform group quit to draft Mike
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards and Organ Transplants
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
Steven E. Landsburg / Slate:
Huckabee's Tax Plan Is Brilliant
Discussion: The Plank
 

 
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