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9:50 AM ET, January 11, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
The Campaign Spot:
Some Heavy-Duty Horse Race Speculation...
Discussion: Hot Air and Los Angeles Times
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The South Carolina Debate
Discussion: The Corner, Crunchy Con and Eunomia
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.
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 …
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
KUCINICH CALLS FOR ‘RECOUNT’ OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BALLOTS  —  From a Kucinich for President press release just out...  Kucinich asks for New Hampshire recount in the interest of election integrity  —  DETROIT, MI - Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the most outspoken advocate …
Stephen Frothingham / Associated Press:
Kucinich Seeks NH Dem Vote Recount
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Kucinich Wants What?  —  Maybe Dennis Kucinich just wants …
Business Wire:
Kucinich Asks for New Hampshire Recount in the Interest of Election Integrity
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: The Caucus and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Economy Slumps To the Top of the Campaign Agenda  —  As the presidential campaign got underway a year ago, the candidates faced a volatile political environment dominated by the Iraq war, illegal immigration and terrorism.  A year later, the campaigns are rewriting their scripts as it appears …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Clinton to Seek Package to Lift Confidence in Economy
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.”
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
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Courts Hispanics For Crucial Super Tuesday  —  Growing Voter Bloc  —  Could Help Swing  —  Results in Key States  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With Super Tuesday looming as a potential make-or-break day for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, strategists for Mrs. Clinton are reinforcing efforts …
Discussion: MSNBC
Sliming Obama  —  Dueling chain e-mails claim he's a radical Muslim or a ‘racist’ Christian.  Both can't be right.  We find both are false.  —  If these two nasty e-mail messages are any indication, the 2008 presidential campaign is becoming a very dirty one.
Discussion: Political Machine and News Hounds
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Crying Now?  —  One way to see what happened Tuesday …
Josh Patashnik / The Plank:
Giuliani's Fiscal Insanity: Not Just a Charade
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
Doing The Tapegate Dance
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A New Clinton, Going Door to Door in Nevada, Asks for Help
Discussion: MSNBC and TalkLeft
Jimmy Carter / The Onion:
I Got What America Needs Right Here
New York Times:
Giant Write-Down Is Seen for Merrill
Steven E. Landsburg / Slate:
Huckabee's Tax Plan Is Brilliant
Discussion: The Plank and The RBC
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
General: Anbar Ready for Handover
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Our Clinton Problem - And Mine
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
Horses Spared in U.S. FaceDeath Across the Border
The Corner:
Fred Thompson, Riled
Discussion: Hot Air and
Atrios / Eschaton:
Discussion: Dyre Portents and Whiskey Fire
Ray Lilley / Associated Press:
Edmund Hillary, first atop Everest, dies