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1:50 PM ET, January 14, 2008


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Camp's Memo on Clintons' Politicizing Race  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign has prepared a detailed memo listing various instances in which it perceived Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to have deliberately played the race card in the Democratic primary.  [See the full memo here.]
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
President Clinton Does More Damage Control on Black Radio  —  In an interview Monday, President Clinton mounted a less-than-vigorous defense of comments a prominent supporter of Senator Clinton's presidential bid, Robert Johnson, made which many interpreted as a reference to Senator Obama's admission …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Clinton, Crying Foul — or Craftily Playing the Game?  —  In case anyone doubted that Bill Clinton still harbors considerable resentment toward the press, it bubbled to the surface last week.  —  He was, quite understandably, promoting his wife's candidacy.  His chief mission, therefore, was to rough up Barack Obama.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton camp fires up blacks but not how they hoped
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton Attacks on Iraq  —  To add to what Ezra Klein says about the new round of Iraq-related attacks Hillary Clinton is making on Barack Obama, my issue here is that I don't understand what point her campaign is trying to make.  Has Obama been less of a consistent, strong anti-war leader than I would have liked?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Florida A Four-Way Tie: Rasmussen  —  Rasmussen has the crucial Florida contest a four-way tie for the Republican primary, with Fred Thompson not far back in fifth place.  John McCain leads by a single point at the moment, with Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani all within two points …
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
January 14, 2008 - Four-Way GOP Horse Race Among Florida Likely …
Discussion: The Caucus
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
John McCain and the GOP
Discussion: HorseRaceBlog and Riehl World View
Aaron Siegel / Latest Headlines:
Financial advisers' No. 1 worry: A Democrat in the White House  —  Nothing worries financial advisers more than the prospect of a Democrat's being elected president in November, according to a quarterly poll by Brinker Capital Inc.  —  The fourth-quarter edition of the Brinker Barometer …
Washington Post:
House Democrats Target Bolten, Miers
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Clings to Slim Lead in Michigan  —  Utica, New York - Arizona Sen. John McCain holds a slim lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heading into the Republican primary election in Michigan, a new Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll shows.
Matthew Yglesias:
Democrats for Romney
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Responding to Recession  —  Suddenly, the economic consensus seems to be that the implosion of the housing market will indeed push the U.S. economy into a recession, and that it's quite possible that we're already in one.  As a result, over the next few weeks we'll be hearing a lot about plans for economic stimulus.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
In Defending War Vote, Clintons Contradict Record  —  WASHINGTON — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have repeatedly invoked the name of Senator Chuck Hagel, a longtime critic of the Iraq war, as they defend Mrs. Clinton's 2002 vote to authorize the war.  —  In interviews and at a recent campaign event …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Another Little Fib From The Clintons On Iraq
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 …
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Democrats' Fairy Tale  —  “Give me a break.  This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."  Thus spoke Bill Clinton last Monday night, exasperated by Barack Obama's claim that he — unlike Hillary Clinton — had been consistently right (or wrong, depending on your point of view) on the Iraq war.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
McCain Faces Payback From Old GOP Foes  —  Over the past decade, Sen. John McCain has annoyed, aggravated and nearly destroyed some of the most powerful members of Washington's Republican establishment, creating a list of antagonists including anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and the vehement Gun Owners of America.
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica  —  Sheets Melting in an Area Once Thought to Be Unaffected by Global Warming  —  Climatic changes appear to be destabilizing vast ice sheets of western Antarctica that had previously seemed relatively protected from global warming, researchers reported yesterday …
New York Times:
The Pork King Keeps His Crown  —  The new earmark disclosure rules put into effect by Congress confirm the pre-eminence of Representative John Murtha at procuring eye-popping chunks of pork for contractors he helped put in business in Johnstown, Pa. The Pennsylvania Democrat …
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Sunni judge assassinated in Baghdad
Barney Frank / Financial Times:
Why America needs a little less laissez-faire
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‘Islamic Jesus’ hits Iranian movie screens
Marcus Baram Reports / The Blotter:
Inspectors Disclose Security Breach at Nuclear Lab
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It's Not About Iran  —  As President Bush travels through …
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
What Corruption Looks Like  —  Last week, Al Wynn did a fundraiser …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michelle Malkin:
Twice-deported illegal alien criminal is Arizona serial rapist suspect
The coddled “terrorists” of South Florida
The Hill:
Time for Chris Matthews to Apologize
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Kerry Howley / Reason Magazine:
It's Hard Out Here Without a Pimp
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Obama goes gloves off, head-on
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Ray Duckler / Concord Monitor:
Paul supporters ‘freak out’ town clerk