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5:50 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Leads in South Carolina, Huckabee a strong second  —  UTICA, New York - Arizona Sen. John McCain is the leader in the South Carolina Republican primary race with 29% support, a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby tracking poll shows.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
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CNN:
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Paul, Dr. No-body, beats Rudy and Fred — again  —  Well, he's hanging in there.  Not only that, but Rep. Ron Paul thumped two reputed Republican heavyweights in the Michigan primary — former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  —  Who'd have predicted that a couple of months ago?
New York Magazine:
Heilemann on Michigan's Republican Goat Rodeo: Is Rudy a Mad Genius After All?
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Matthew Yglesias
Hannah Strange / Times of London:
Obama and Clinton tied nationally, say polls
Discussion: The Swamp
John Whitesides / Reuters:   Obama, Clinton tied in 2008 Democratic race
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Associated Press:
Bill Clinton paints Obama as ‘establishment’ candidate
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Slams Clinton for Nevada Mailer
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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David Brooks / Campaign Stops:
Republicans Brawl, Democrats Yawn  —  Here are a few things that happened Tuesday night.  —  First, it was a good night for the Democrats and a bad night for the Republicans.  The Democratic debate has been a love fest.  The candidates have all (for very good reasons) …
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.
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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
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   ROVE: DEMS ‘IRRESPONSIBLE,’ GOP ‘POSITIVE’
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.
Reason:
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 …
CREW:
Bush Admin. admits to destroying e-mails from start of Iraq War, Leak of Valerie Wilson's name and DOJ investigation of leak  —  Presidential Records Act Without A Trace  —  Very, very late last night, just before midnight, the Bush administration submitted a filing in CREW v. Executive Office …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RETIREES AND THE FAIRTAX....Matt Yglesias reprints a chart showing that Mike Huckabee's 30% national sales tax would be good for the rich and bad for the middle class, and then adds this: … A big national sales tax is such a loopy idea that I feel like my IQ drops every time I even acknowledge it as something worth discussing.
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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Gonzone / Matthew Yglesias:   Cui Bono?  —  Who wins under Mike Huckabee's plan to replace …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
High-Profile Officer Nagl to Leave Army, Join Think Tank  —  One of the Army's most prominent younger officers, whose writings have influenced the conduct of the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq, said he has decided to leave the service to study strategic issues full time at a new Washington think tank.
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 …
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.).
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I think I'm going to have to stop watching “American Idol.”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The unstoppable Al Sharpton
Discussion: The New Republic
The New Republic:
Edwards Dropped The “A-Bomb” Last Night
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Back New York Trial Judge System
Discussion: Law Blog and Daily Kos
Think Progress:
Bachmann: I'm ‘Proud’ That ‘We Have People Working Two Jobs’ And ‘Longer Hours’
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The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly To Schultz: “If you know where's a veteran, sleeping under …
Confederate Yankee:
Harper's Defaults on Horton's Credibility
Discussion: Harper's
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Energy, food costs balloon US inflation
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In Child Porn Case, a Digital Dilemma