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6:15 PM ET, January 16, 2008


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Oops: Michigan GOP praises McCain's ‘win’  —  (CNN) — It's wasn't exactly a “Dewey Defeats Truman” mistake, but Michigan Republican Party officials were scrambling Tuesday night after they inadvertently sent out a press release congratulating John McCain for winning the state.
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Mitt Won, Authenticity Lost  —  WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's victory in Michigan was a defeat for authenticity in politics.  —  The former Massachusetts governor pandered to voters, distorted his opponents' record and continued to show why he's the most malleable — and least credible — major presidential candidate.
New York Magazine:
Heilemann on Michigan's Republican Goat Rodeo: Is Rudy a Mad Genius After All?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
John Whitesides / Reuters:   Obama, Clinton tied in 2008 Democratic race
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton paints Obama as ‘establishment’ candidate
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Slams Clinton for Nevada Mailer
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Associated Press:
Former lawmaker charged in terrorism case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al Qaeda and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
Michelle Malkin:
Former congressman indicted as part of terror fund-raising ring  —  Update: Oops.  There goes the book!  (Hat tip - Kevin) … Update: Here you go...he's a Republican from Michigan who shilled for the Islamic American Relief Agency...  Bastard.  —  Background on the “charity” via the Kansas City Star:
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Rove previews strategies against Clinton, Obama  —  Karl Rove told a group of state Republican officials Wednesday that while the GOP primaries “are far from over,” each of the candidates can beat the top two Democrats — and the former White House aide then outlined a strategy how.
Discussion: PunditGuy and Daily Pundit
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON HATRED.  —  of last night's debate.  Edwards never even makes an appearance.  Obama, who Andrew is deeply committed to, hardly even qualifies as a walk-on character.  Instead, it's Clinton.  It's Clinton and Clinton and Clinton and Clinton.  At 9:30 we learn that “Just like Bush, she cannot talk about her own weakness.”
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Balloon Juice
Developing Intelligence:
“The Diebold Effect”: Hillary's Votes Higher From Diebold Machines Even Controlling for Demographics (education, income, population, etc)  —  In contrast to exit pre-election polls, the final vote tally from the NH democratic primary shows a surprise victory for Hillary Clinton.
Who Wrote Ron Paul's Newsletters?  —  Libertarian movement veterans, and a Paul campaign staffer, say it was “paleolibertarian” strategist Lew Rockwell  —  Ron Paul doesn't seem to know much about his own newsletters.  The libertarian-leaning presidential candidate says he was unaware …
The New Republic:
Edwards Dropped The “A-Bomb” Last Night  —  One more point about the Democratic debate in Las Vegas last night, specifically relating to the discussion of plans to turn Nevada's Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste repository.  Obama, Clinton, and Edwards each stated their unequivocal opposition to this plan …
Discussion: Gristmill and Balloon Juice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FRIED SQUIRREL: I'M LOVING IT!  —  Mike Huckabee explains how he'll appeal to SC voters by explaining how he and his crew ate fried squirrel made in a popcorn popper in college ...
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Aide: Clinton Is ‘Prohibitive Favorite’ in Nevada  —  The Nevada caucuses are still three days away, but the battle over what the eventual results will mean began in earnest this afternoon when The Fix received a phone call from David Plouffe, campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN's John King responds  —  Over the weekend, I wrote about an adulating interview which CNN's John King conducted with John McCain while riding on the storied Straight Talk Express bus.  The interview was broadcast on “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer.  In that post, I printed all of the …
Think Progress:
Bachmann: I'm ‘Proud’ That ‘We Have People Working Two Jobs’ And ‘Longer Hours’  —  Topping Congress's agenda as it returns this week is a plan to “jump-start the economy and try to shorten the slowdown that many economists say has already begun to take hold.”
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Eric Pfeiffer / Ground Game:
The Eloquence and Etiquette of Ezra Klein
New York Times:
Solving a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside a Cookie
Discussion: FP Passport and Norwegianity
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I think I'm going to have to stop watching “American Idol.”
Discussion: Unfogged
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
Last Dispatch From Pottersville
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The unstoppable Al Sharpton
Discussion: The New Republic
The Corner:
Message: We Care  —  Back in Washington for a minute before heading …
Discussion: The New Republic
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Romney sets bar low for SC
Discussion: The Corner and Weekly Standard
Yahoo! News:
McCain stands by rebel flag stance
 Earlier Items: 
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RETIREES AND THE FAIRTAX....Matt Yglesias reprints a chart showing …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly To Schultz: “If you know where's a veteran, sleeping under …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Wicker's Earmark Elicits Criticism
Confederate Yankee:
Harper's Defaults on Horton's Credibility
Discussion: Harper's
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In Child Porn Case, a Digital Dilemma