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1:15 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.
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Huckabee sows seeds to steal Michigan from Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
GOP Candidates Debate in South Carolina, but Look Ahead
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
A Big Night For Huckabee
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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.
Agence France Presse:
First snow for 100 years falls on Baghdad
Discussion: The Lede and NewsBusters.org
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
“Old News"?  “Rehashed for Over a Decade"?  —  In Ron Paul's statement responding to The New Republic's story about his old newsletters, he said the following: … Has Paul really disassociated himself from, and “taken moral responsibility” for, these “Ron Paul” newsletters “for over a decade"?
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The Corner:
Paul the Peter
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
In 1996, Paul Wasn't Issuing Denials
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
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
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 …
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
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) …
Wall Street Journal:
The Right ‘Stimulus’  —  We've been saying for some time that the economy could use another tax cut, so perhaps we should be pleased that Washington is suddenly talking about a fiscal “stimulus."  The challenge now is getting politicians to distinguish between policies that actually “stimulate” …
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
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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The State:
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MSNBC:
Bush: I would run as ‘change’ agent
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Detainees barred from challenging torture, abuse
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's South Carolina Pro-Life Mailer
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The grave Iranian threat to world peace
Kirsten Danis / NY Daily News:
2 from Prez reform group quit to draft Mike
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards and Organ Transplants
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Young Feminists Split: Does Gender Matter?
FactCheck.org:
Sliming Obama  —  Dueling chain e-mails claim he's a radical Muslim …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Kucinich Wants What?  —  Maybe Dennis Kucinich just wants …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Bringing Obama Back to Earth
 

 
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Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Daphne Keller / @daphnehk:
[Thread] Texas' and Florida's online speech rules for platforms cannot be justified, as less restrictive tools that give users control over online content exist

Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Dave Robb, a longtime investigative reporter and author on the Hollywood labor beat who most recently worked for Deadline, died on December 8 at 74

 
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