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11:55 PM ET, January 14, 2008


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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Damps Down Racial Controversy  —  ABC News' David Wright, Andy Fies, and Sunlen Miller Report: Sen. Barack Obama told ABC News Monday there is nothing in Sen. Hillary Clinton's record that would give him any cause for concern about her in terms of racial politics.
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
The Clintons and History  —  WASHINGTON — There's an old joke people here in the capital like to tell about Charles E. Schumer, the New York senator, and over the years I'm sure it's been used to describe other politicians, as well: The most dangerous place to stand in Washington …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama, putting out the fire  —  Carrie Budoff Brown has some key quotes from an Obama avail this afternoon in Reno, where he tried to put to rest the racially-charged name-calling. … His surrogates and a spokeswoman have, it's worth noting, participated in the recent round of criticism of the Clintons …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Clinton booed at MLK rally in New York  —  NEW YORK, N.Y. — Dogged by continuing racial tensions around her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton drew a smattering of boos on Monday when she spoke at a religiously tinged Martin Luther King Jr. rally put together by a union organizing predominantly black security workers.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Tries to Stop the ‘Silliness’  —  (Photo: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)  —  RENO, Nev. - As he campaigned in northern Nevada on Monday, Senator Barack Obama said he was concerned that a heated discussion of racial issues in the presidential campaign could divide the Democratic Party.
Bill Clinton compiles ‘list’ of Obama attacks  —  (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came out swinging Monday against the latest complaints from her rival, with former President Clinton announcing he has “a list of 80 attacks on Hillary” by Senator Barack Obama's campaign.
Scott Ott / ScrappleFace:
Obama: It Took Men to Give Women the Vote
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Needs a History Lesson about Hillary and King
Discussion: PoliGazette and Too Sense
Michael Duffy / Time:
Race Spells Trouble for the Dems
Discussion: Lance Mannion
Anjeanette Damon / Inside Nevada Politics:
New Poll: Democratic race in Nevada a dead heat  —  A new poll by the Reno Gazette-Journal shows a neck-and-neck three-way race among Democrats for Saturday's caucus.  On the Republican side, U.S. Sen. John McCain has taken his first lead in Nevada of the election season, and Mitt Romney …
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
The Polls You Won't Hear Much About
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Judge To NBC: You Can't Control Your Own Content  —  A solution in search of a problem found a judge in search of some understanding of the concept of private property and free speech.  Both converged in Las Vegas through the efforts of Dennis Kucinich to force his way into the NBC Democratic debate.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Judge says MSNBC must include Kucinich
Discussion: Eschaton
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Kucinich sues NBC over Nevada debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, MyDD and TVNewser
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Bothersome Intel on Iran  —  In public, President Bush has been careful to reassure Israel and other allies that he still sees Iran as a threat, while not disavowing his administration's recent National Intelligence Estimate.  That NIE, made public Dec. 3, embarrassed the administration …
Spengler / Asia Times:
Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code  —  Islam watchers blogged all weekend about news that a secret archive of ancient Islamic texts had surfaced after 60 years of suppression.  Andrew Higgins' Wall Street Journal report that the photographic record of Koranic manuscripts …
Michelle Malkin:
McCain booed in Michigan...twice; Update: Video added  —  Update: Here's the vid of the booing at the Americans for Prosperity Summit event...  Mr. Shamnesty-Short Fuse almost walked off the stage during a campaign event with the AFL-CIO in Michigan.  Audience members didn't like his soft-on-illegal immigration blather.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Trust Huck into Mich, zinging Mitt
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ROMNEY IN MICHIGAN....Kos is still pushing Democrats to cross …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Caucus
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Case Against Hillary Clinton  —  WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE CHOOSE TO PUT THE CLINTON FAMILY DRAMA AT THE CENTER OF OUR POLITICS AGAIN.  —  Seeing the name Hillary in a headline last week—a headline about a life that had involved real achievement—I felt a mouse stirring in the attic of my memory.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Iraq Defense Minister Sees Need for U.S. Security Help Until 2018  —  FORT MONROE, Va. — The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq's borders from external threat until at least 2018.
Discussion: Greatscat!
Tim B. / Tim Blair:
A VISIT TO THE INFIRMARY  —  Feeling poorly for some time.  Saw a doctor a few weeks ago, who sent me to a specialist, who booked me into hospital for tests.  —  It's cancer.  —  Major abdominal surgery next week.  If all goes well, the remaining non-cancerous section of me will be home by early-mid February.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Nightmare For Financial Advisers  —  Which spectre haunts financial advisers the most?  Terrorism?  Global unrest?  Not even close.  According to a survey of over 200 financial advisers taken in December, their biggest worry is that Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election in November:
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Nancy Kalish / New York Times:
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Thomas de Zengotita / The Huffington Post:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain faces little incoming fire
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Dispatches from the Palmetto State
San Francisco Chronicle:
Green Party holds presidential debate in San Francisco
Discussion: Wonkette and Don Surber
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Fred Thompson: Liftoff?
Pete Hegseth / National Review:
Death Blow to Defeatists
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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Radio ham blamed in US-Iran row
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Raise Your Hand If You're Sick of the Presidentials
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Precinct Captain's Mailer Urges Republicans To Switch Parties To Stop Hillary
Discussion: Salon, Corrente and TalkLeft
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Father of Marine killed in Iraq to run against Patrick Murphy
Joshua Robinson / New York Times:
Amputee Ineligible for Olympic Events
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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