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1:50 AM ET, January 12, 2008


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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.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Bill Clinton: Obama's Candidacy Isn't The “Fairy Tale” — But His War Opposition Is  —  Bill Clinton just appeared on Al Sharpton's radio show, and was asked about his statements in New Hampshire that the media was pushing a “fairy tale” about Obama's candidacy.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Blue Mass. Group
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: To Live and Die by Identity Politics
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 …
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.”
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court Accepts Case on Provision Of McCain-Feingold  —  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
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
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
D.L.C. Leaders Cut Edwards Out  —  As would be expected, the two gentlemen from the Democratic Leadership Council on a conference call today told reporters they're very confident in their party's chances of reclaiming the White House, they're happy that substantive issues are being discussed ...
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE AD MS. MAGAZINE REFUSED TO RUN:  —  The message, I take it, is pretty clear — “Feminists should like the way women are treated in Israeli life,” coupled with the pretty strong implication of “... and look how favorably it compares on this score to Israel's enemies.”
Matt / Think Progress:
Ricks: Baghdad Only Seems ‘Peaceful’ Because 2006 Was ‘Pure Hell’  —  Discussing the one-year anniversary of President Bush's call for the “surge” on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, Washington Post Pentagon reporter Thomas Ricks said that, “judged on the terms …
Mark R. Levin / National Review:
The Real McCain Record  —  There's a reason some conservatives who support John McCain are rarely willing to discuss the bulk of his record.  They want to discuss his personal story, his position on the surge, and his supposed electability.  And when questions are raised about McCain's broader record …
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.
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Daniel Gross / Newsweek:
Mitt vs. Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air and
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Syria Rebuilds on Site Destroyed by Israeli Bombs
Deacon / Power Line:
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING NEWS: American Journalist Nicholas Schmidle Deported From Pakistan
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
“Occupation"?  —  In Ramallah yesterday President Bush declared there …
“We're all fascists now"  —  Along those lines, you write …
Discussion: Think Progress
Katie / Blogging Faith:
Observant Jews Effectively Barred from Nevada Caucuses
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Are We All Democrats Now?  —  Peace and prosperity are age-old winning campaign issues.
Discussion: RADAMISTO and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
Poll Positions  —  Michigan pollster Steve Mitchell …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Bush: If I ran for President, I'd be an ‘agent of change.’
Discussion: Wonkette
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: 'Listen'  —  Her new spot, airing in South Carolina …
Michelle Malkin:
Romney chokes up again
Discussion: The Corner and UNCoRRELATED
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Who's Tired of Pink?
Stephen Smith / Boston Globe:
Menino decries clinics in retailers