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6:05 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 …
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
Romney, McCain duel for lead in Michigan GOP primary race  —  With just two days left before the primary, Michigan's volatile Republican presidential race is going down to the wire for frontrunners John McCain and Mitt Romney.  —  And Mike Huckabee is still a factor.
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Romney is top choice for GOP in Tuesday primary, poll shows  —  McCain close second, but much rests on undecided voters  —  Republican primary voters whose greatest concern is the economy could give Bloomfield Hills native Mitt Romney his first major state victory in Tuesday's Michigan presidential primary …
Discussion: MyDD
The State:
John McCain clearly the best in GOP primary  —  FOR SOUTH CAROLINA, and to some extent for the nation, the choice among Republican candidates for president has come down to two men.  —  First Rudy Giuliani, then Mitt Romney looked at political realities and fled the Palmetto State, deciding their priorities lay elsewhere.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Huckabee Splits Young Evangelicals and Old Guard
Discussion: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
Little Green Footballs:
Outrage of the Week: Canadian Publisher Persecuted for Mindcrime  —  An excellent opening statement by Ezra Levant, at his Canadian Human Rights Commission “hearing” for publishing the Danish cartoons of blasphemy.  This hearing is an outrage, and Levant is brilliant here.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
“The last house of worship torched in Edmonton was my synagogue”  —  I've been in the wilds away from the Internet all day, but I wanted to draw attention to this - yesterday's interrogation of my old boss Ezra Levant by one of Canada's many “human rights commissions” for publishing the Danish cartoons.
White House:
President Bush Visits Military Personnel and Coalition Forces
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Gateway Pundit:
VICTORY!... In Kuwait Bush Claims Surge a Huge Success! (Video)
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Brendan Montague / Times of London:
Anti-war Soros funded Iraq study  —  A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros.  —  Soros, 77, provided almost half the £50,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Knowledge is Power
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Barack Obama Townhall In Las Vegas  —  Yesterday I drove from LA to Vegas and due to a car fire on the 15, I arrived at Obama's townhall meeting an hour and a half after doors were scheduled to open.  I knew I wasn't late, though, when I saw the enormous lines of people waiting to get in …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:   Unions Pouring Resources Into Nevada Caucus Fight
New York Times:
Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles  —  Late one night in the summer of 2005, Matthew Sepi, a 20-year-old Iraq combat veteran, headed out to a 7-Eleven in the seedy Las Vegas neighborhood where he had settled after leaving the Army.  —  This particular 7-Eleven sits in the shadow …
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 …
New York Times:
Clinton Accuses Obama Camp of Distorting Her Words  —  RENO, Nev. — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday accused Senator Barack Obama's campaign of distorting remarks she made to suggest that she had cast aspersions on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Organs to be taken without consent  —  Gordon Brown has thrown his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to take organs from dead patients without explicit consent.  —  Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says that such a facility would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year.
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.
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Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Wood / Phi Beta Cons:
Schwarzenegger vs. Spitzer on State Funding for Higher Ed
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
Discussion: GINA COBB
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
In Texas, Weighing Life With a Border Fence
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Why the “Hillary hacked NH?” story is important (Updated)
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Huckabee And The Murderer: The Mother Of A Victim Speaks.
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Stephanie Hooper /
Clinton adviser arrested in Nashua
Discussion: BitsBlog and TalkLeft
Joan Z. Shore / The Huffington Post:
They're Driving Us Crazy (or, A Couple More Reasons Why I Love France)
Discussion: Don Surber
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Women vs. Oprah
New York Times:
Inquiry Looks at Withholding of Loan Data
Discussion: Calculated Risk and RADAMISTO
Washington Post:
Objects From Iranian Boats Posed No Threat, Navy Says
Washington Post:
U.S. Political Drama Compels — and Baffles
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissent Of The Day  —  A reader writes:
Discussion: Althouse and The RBC
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Newt: Hillary shows courage, integrity