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11:55 AM ET, January 13, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney leads McCain in Michigan poll  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who badly needs to win Tuesday's Michgian primary, has an eight-point lead over Sen. John McCain of Arizona in a McClatchy-MSNBC poll of Michigan voters to be released Sunday.  —  Romney had a narrower lead …
Andante Higgins / CBS News:
McCain Cheered - and Jeered - in Michigan
Discussion: Macsmind
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Romney is top choice for GOP in Tuesday primary, poll shows
Discussion: MyDD
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
Romney, McCain duel for lead in Michigan GOP primary race
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A CASE STUDY IN RESISTANCE  —  In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville famously concludes with a warning of the kind of despotism to which democratic are especially susceptible.  Tocqueville warns that the passion for equality will give rise to a certain kind of degradation in which citizens …
Discussion: The Corner and Ezra Levant
Caitlin Flanagan / New York Times:
Sex and the Teenage Girl  —  THE movie “Juno” is a fairy tale about a pregnant teenager who decides to have her baby, place it for adoption and then get on with her life.  For the most part, the tone of the movie is comedic and jolly, but there is a moment when Juno tells her father about her condition …
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
The Media Does It Again  —  Today, the NY Times has the first part of a special series - War Torn:Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles.  It appears that the troops are coming home and becoming murderers. … And we're presented with a litany of tragedy.
Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCaskill to endorse Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Claire McCaskill will endorse Barack Obama's presidential bid Sunday, a boost that comes as the Democratic presidential showdown intensifies in Missouri and the raft of other states set to vote on Feb. 5th.  —  McCaskill had intended …
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
AP: Sen. McCaskill to endorse Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will endorse Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president, The Associated Press has learned.  —  McCaskill, the state's top Democrat, plans to announce her support for the Illinois senator during a conference call Sunday …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Durbin warns Bill Clinton  —  Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking party leader in the Senate, says President Bill Clinton's comments about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are getting “too personal” and called on the former president to refrain from attacking Obama's integrity.
Jonah Goldberg / Washington Post:
Cloudy Fortunes for Conservatism  —  Well, this wasn't the plan.  —  As pretty much everyone has noticed, the Republican race hasn't exactly followed any of the scripts laid out for it.  Mitt Romney has been hacked apart like the Black Knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
Ross Douthat:
Liberal Fascism And Its Critics  —  Here is some free advice for liberals who don't care much for Jonah Goldberg or his (bestselling) new volume: Either confine yourself to dismissive snark, of the sort perfected by my colleague Matt, or buckle down and actually read the damn thing.
Discussion: Liberal Fascism and TPMCafe blogs
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Scotland Yard believes Al-Qaeda assassinated Benazir Bhutto  —  BRITISH officials have revealed that evidence amassed by Scotland Yard detectives points towards Al-Qaeda militants being responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.  —  Five experts in video evidence and forensic science …
Washington Post:
Huckabee: Evangelical Christians Now Have a Chance to Lead GOP  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee touted his candidacy Saturday as a chance for evangelical Christians to lead the Republican Party rather than just support its candidates.  —  “I don't presume that you automatically support …
Discussion: The Corner and The Caucus
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
So We Thought.  But Then Again . . .  HARRY S TRUMAN once said he wanted to talk to a one-armed economist, “so that the guy could never make a statement and then say: ‘on the other hand.’ ” Yet economic knowledge continues to progress in unexpected ways.  Here are a few of the things we learned in the last 12 months:
Washington Post:
Iraq Passes Bill on Baathists  —  Plan Would Ease Limits on Former Hussein Followers  —  The Iraqi parliament passed a bill Saturday intended to make it easier for former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to return to government jobs and collect their pensions, a significant achievement …
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
White House Secrecy Starts to Give  —  As Congress Intensifies Efforts for Openness, Administration Accedes  —  After years of hammering on the walls of secrecy surrounding the Bush White House, activists and Congress have begun, slowly, to open some cracks.
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Knowledge is Power
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Associated Press:
Intelligence Chief Couches Reference to Waterboarding as ‘Torture’
Discussion: toohotfortnr
Lorrie Moore / New York Times:
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Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Church Doctrines of Pope Ron Paul
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Army Seeks “Professional Celebrity Rock Music Band”
Discussion: toohotfortnr and Boing Boing
Post / Washington Post:
‘Huckabee’ Plan Forgot Something: Attribution
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White House:
President Bush Visits Military Personnel and Coalition Forces
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Newsweek
Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Barack Obama Townhall In Las Vegas
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
The Moral Instinct
Discussion: The Mahablog and Vox Popoli
Ben Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Car-Pooling — An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Organs to be taken without consent
New York Times:
Clinton Accuses Obama Camp of Distorting Her Words