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8:55 AM ET, January 12, 2008


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New York Times:
Clintons Move to Tamp Down Criticism From Blacks About Recent Comments  —  WASHINGTON — The Clinton campaign moved Friday to try to quell a potentially damaging reaction to recent comments by Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton that have drawn criticism from African-Americans …
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The Road Ahead  —  This could go on for a while.  —  That was the overriding message from the dramatic comeback victories in the New Hampshire primary by Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  Combined with the outcomes of the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire results leave …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Racial tensions roil Democratic race  —  A series of comments from Senator Hillary Clinton, her husband, and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.
SC's Republican governor praises Obama candidacy  —  (CNN) - The Republican governor of South Carolina wrote an op-ed in the state's largest paper Friday in which he spoke admiringly of Democratic candidate Barack Obama's candidacy, and urged voters to think about the significance …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Bill Clinton: Obama's Candidacy Isn't The “Fairy Tale” — But His War Opposition Is
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Blue Mass. Group
Navy Times:
‘Filipino Monkey’ may be behind radio threats, ship drivers say  —  The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey.”
In From the Cold:
What Happened in the Strait of Hormuz, Revisited  —  If you want to see the latest example of Bush Derangement Syndrome (DRS), look at the comments on today's Washington Post article that offers more details last weekend's naval encounter between U.S. and Iranian forces.
Discussion: Macsmind
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: McCain gets 21-point bump after victory  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.  —  The senator from Arizona is the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Clinton Aide: Obama Is For People Who Want “Imaginary Hip Black Friend”  —  An anonymous Clinton adviser made an interesting comment to The Guardian, explaining the difference between Hillary supporters and Obama supporters.  —  “If you have a social need, you're with Hillary,” the aide said.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to Review ‘Millionaires’ Amendment'  —  The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will review the constitutionality of the so-called Millionaires' Amendment, which allows opponents of some self-funded congressional candidates to raise more money than federal law normally allows.
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Up in the air  —  America wants change; it just can't work out what sort of change  —  IF A week is famously a long time in British politics, five days can be an eternity in America.  On January 3rd Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton by roughly 17,000 votes, out of around 220,000 cast …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and Times of London
Daniel Gross / Newsweek:
Mitt vs. Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air and
Media Matters for America:
Does Chris Matthews have a problem with women?  —  Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “she devil” and compared her to a “strip-teaser."  He has called her “witchy” and likened her voice to “fingernails on a blackboard.”
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Mysterious crowd suddenly stopped Bhutto's car, officer says  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two new reports on the assassination last month of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto suggest that the killing may have been an ambitious plot rather than an isolated act of violence and that the government …
Discussion: At-Largely
Washington Post:
Fears About Economy Increase  —  Debt Crisis Grows; Top Mortgage Firm Sold at a Bargain  —  Major banks and mortgage companies yesterday sharply accelerated an industry consolidation that is set to change the landscape of American lending, while a convergence of events exposed fresh worries about the U.S. economy.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
China blogger beaten to death  —  (CNN) — Authorities have fired an official in central China after city inspectors beat to death a man who filmed their confrontation with villagers, China's Xinhua news agency reports.  —  The killing has sparked outrage in China, with thousands expressing outrage …
John Solomon / Washington Post:
FBI Picks Terrorism Expert to Lead Agency's National Security Sector  —  The FBI named a career-long expert in terrorism to its top national security job yesterday as one of its own agents went public with allegations that the bureau still lacks the experience and skills needed to effectively combat terrorists.
Fran Bardsley / Oxford Mail:
Bishop backs Muslim prayer call  —  The Bishop of Oxford has rejected another senior clergyman's fears that broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer in East Oxford could create a “no-go area” for non-Muslims.  —  The Rt Rev John Pritchard backed plans for the call to prayer in Oxford …
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