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2:25 PM ET, January 15, 2008


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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's Farrakhan Test  —  Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.  Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Major Clinton supporter calls Obama remark ‘absolutely stupid’  —  (CNN) — As both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tried to lower the tension after days of charged rhetoric over race, a congressional supporter of Clinton's presidential bid called the Illinois senator's remarks attacking …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Identity Trap  —  When Hillary Clinton is good on the Sunday talk shows, she is really, really good.  But when she is bad, she's atrocious.  When she talks about policy, she will dazzle you.  When her own ambitions are on the line, it's time to reach for the sick bag.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
BET Founder Johnson Defends His Recent Criticisms of Obama  —  A day after his remarks about Sen. Barack Obama helped fuel a rancorous debate about race in the Democratic presidential contest, an unapologetic Robert L. Johnson described how frustrating it is to be on the other side of a candidate he compared to Teflon.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Guilt By Association  —  It didn't take long for Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
As Candidates Agree, Aides Keep Sparring
Discussion: The Daily Dish and New York Times
Matthew Yglesias:
A Very Serious Blog Post  —  It seems that nothing gets conservatives off nearly so much as writing obviously unserious books with patently offensive titles, designed in every way to not be taken seriously, and then get huffy when people make fun of them without having given their precious works the deep consideration they deserve.
Dean Barnett / New York Times:
Driving Mr. Romney  —  I FIRST met Mitt Romney at a Lincoln Day dinner in 1994, during the earliest days of his failed Senate race against Ted Kennedy.  The next weekend, I was helping him to collect the signatures he needed to get on the ballot for the Republican primary.
David McGrath Schwartz / Las vegas sun Blogs:
Hispanic state legislator goes Obama  —  Assemblyman Mo Denis, one of only two Hispanic legislators in Nevada, endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama this morning, adding to Obama's hope that he can cross old racial barriers and win Latino support.  —  Denis had been supporting New Mexico …
Reno Gazette-Journal# New Hampshire Newspapers:
3 front-runners are competing in a dead heat
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Mike Huckabee Really Is a Piece of Work  —  From Michigan: … Governor, I didn't have silver spoons or boarding schools or a verb summer, but I know enough to thank God for the job creators, the natural economic stimulators, capitalism.  Is this the Republican primary of a John Edwards rally?
The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Richard Baker to leave Congress Feb. 7  —  By Bill Walsh  —  WASHINGTON - The dean of Louisiana's congressional delegation, Rep. Richard Baker, has decided to step down from Congress after 22 years to take a job in the private sector representing investors he has spent a career regulating.
Tom Schaller / American Prospect:
DICK MORRIS IS RIGHT ABOUT THIS  —  Dick Morris isn't often right, but he is today.  —  John Edwards has done a great service to this primary campaign—heck, on both sides—with his powerful and passionate message about inequality: economic as well as political inequality, and how the two are fundamentally linked.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Kucinich court decision and “judicial activism”  —  (updated below)  —  MSNBC is televising a debate tonight between the Democratic presidential candidates in Nevada.  It originally invited Dennis Kucinich to participate because Kucinich met the objective criteria the network created for inclusion.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Finally: Fred hits McCain; Update: Fred hits McCain again  —  Not with an uppercut but a good straight jab.  It would have been more effective if he'd gone after him individually instead of lumping him in with Huck but the race being what it is in South Carolina, he doesn't have much choice.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton likens White House to prison  —  Not that it's going to diminish her ambition to live there again, but Hillary Clinton says she views the White House as something of a prison.  —  She also thinks that when she gets there, she'll have to have some kind of national contest …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Politics and Misogyny  —  With Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's win in New Hampshire, gender issues are suddenly in the news.  Where has everybody been?  —  If there was ever a story that deserved more coverage by the news media, it's the dark persistence of misogyny in America.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: A New Low in Approval Starts Bush's Final Year  —  Just two in 10 say they are getting ahead financially  —  Beset by growing economic concerns on top of the long unpopular war in Iraq, President Bush starts the last year of his presidency with the worst approval rating of his career.
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Pelosi pushes gourmet menu  —  The processed cheese has been replaced with brie.  The Jell-O has made way for raspberry kiwi tarts and mini-lemon blueberry trifles.  Meatloaf has moved over for mahi mahi and buns have been shunted aside in favor of baguettes.
Matthew Yglesias:
Iraq Forever  —  Can't say it's much of a surprise that despite all the Friedman Units and talk of victory and how Iraq won't really play in the 2008 campaign that four years after the 2008 campaign there'll be the 2012 campaign.  And four years after that comes the 2016 campaign.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Movement to draft Bloomberg launched  —  Two founders of the bipartisan Unity08 effort launched a new campaign to draft independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race Tuesday, saying he is the right candidate to overcome bitter partisanship and oncoming economic problems.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Detroit Free Press:
Little to no waiting at polls across metro Detroit
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Campaign Spot
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton and the thrill of political power
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bridge Collapse Caused By Design Flaw, Not Maintenance
Discussion: Associated Press and USA Today
White House:
Roundtable Interview of the President by Print, Wire and Television Reporters
The Corner:
Fred and Ron  —  A reader urges me to support Fred Thompson:
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
Giuliani disses Green Bay Packers fan
Discussion: Hot Air
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Lawmakers, staff pan smoke-free Congress
 Earlier Items: 
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Reporter's Notebook: Second-Class in Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Think Progress
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Linda Greenhouse: Come clean
Discussion: Bench Memos and Power Line
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court limits securities fraud lawsuits
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Big Brain Theory: Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs?
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Feb. 5 Primaries to Pose A Super Test of Strategy
The Politico:
Red-state Dems sour on Clinton