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6:15 PM ET, January 13, 2008


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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
BET Founder Slams Obama in South Carolina  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who is campaigning today in South Carolina with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, just raised the specter of Barack Obama's past drug use.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backer appears to raise Obama's drug use  —  (CNN) - BET founder and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson said Sunday he is ‘insulted’ with the Obama campaign's latest criticisms of Clinton, and appeared to take aim at the Illinois senator for his admitted drug use as a young man.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Slams Clinton's ‘Meet’ Appearance  —  Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) dismissed an appearance made by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) on “Meet the Press” this morning as “political point scoring,” condemning his main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination for seeking to recast the events of the last several years.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: Clinton rewrites history  —  Obama, during his endorsement from Claire McCaskill, accused Hillary of distorting her words and his and of trying to change her story on Iraq.  —  Here's the whole thing: … The Clinton campaign backed up Hillary's comments here.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Clinton Surrogate Makes Veiled Reference to Obama's Drug Use  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Speaking in Columbia, S.C., BET founder Bob Johnson was introducing Clinton and made a veiled swipe at Barack Obama's past drug use.  The last surrogate to talk about Obama and drugs …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Another Sign Edwards Will Throw Support to Obama
Discussion: PoliGazette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Clinton justifies war vote, hits Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Phillip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton blames Obama camp over remark
Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCaskill endorses Obama
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Deplorable Campaigning  —  Mike Huckabee: “Many of us who have been Republicans out of conviction . . . the social conservatives,” he told reporters, “were welcomed in the party as long as we sort of kept our place, but Lord help us if we ever stood forward and said we would actually like to lead the party.”
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 …
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Thompson keeps up Huckabee criticism
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.
Tom Hilton / If I Ran the Zoo:
Not-Much Shorter Jonah: “Tom Wolfe Likes It!”
Discussion: Orcinus and Sadly, No!
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 …
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.”
The Corner:
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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:
Camilla Tominey / Daily Express:
PLOT TO KILL QUEEN FOILED  —  AL Qaeda terrorists posing as TV crews planned to blow up the Queen by smuggling explosives into last year's Commonwealth summit.  —  Two huge outside broadcast vans belonging to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation were seized after a tip-off from intelligence agents.
Discussion: The Corner
Steven Thomma /
Romney leads McCain in Michigan, poll shows  —  Mitt Romney leads John McCain days before a potentially pivotal Republican primary in Michigan, according to a new McClatchy-MSNBC poll.  —  The rise of the economy as an issue and Romney's new strength after two losses underscored how volatile …
Discussion: Redstate
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Snow Shrugs Off Post-War Failures: 'Everybody Gets It Wrong …
Discussion: Bill Maher
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Regrets & Waterboarding
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A GOP Numbers Crunch
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
Juan Cole:
New Iraqi Law on Baath Worries Ex-Baathists
John Farmer / New York Times:
A Terror Threat in the Courts
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Haven't We Heard This Voice Before?  —  SHE had me at “Well, that hurts my feelings.”
Discussion: The Heretik
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Unwarranted Pinocchios  —  Michael Dobbs, in his “fact checker” …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
“Government Sponsored” Antisemitism Grows Under Chavez
Richard Elias / Scotsman:
Al-Qaeda's white army of terror
Selwyn Duke / American Thinker:
The Race for the American Mind
Discussion: Cold Fury
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Scotland Yard believes Al-Qaeda assassinated Benazir Bhutto