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9:40 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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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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Debbie Schlussel:
What Happened to My Former Boss Mark Siljander?:  Indicted for Helping Islamic Charity Fund Al-Qaeda, Taliban  —  **** WILL BE ON FOX & FRIENDS, THURS.  MORNING, 7:15 A.M. ET, RE-THIS TOPIC ****  —  **** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****  —  In general, nothing shocks me about Islamic terrorists …
Ross Douthat:
Where's The Outrage?  —  David Frum, on how Romney won Michigan: … He's absolutely right.  But note that in the context of the Michigan primary, the weakness of the Huckabee/McCain economic message seems to have been that it wasn't, well, liberal enough.
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New York Magazine:
Heilemann on Michigan's Republican Goat Rodeo: Is Rudy a Mad Genius After All?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
Marc Ambinder:   The Republicans: What We've Learned So Far
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
In Testy Exchange, President Clinton Defends Suit Over Nevada Voting  —  At a stop in Oakland this afternoon, President Clinton vigorously defended a lawsuit challenging Nevada's decision to permit casino workers to join presidential caucuses at their workplaces, even as he denied …
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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.).
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Court Case Could Alter Nev. Outcome
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.”
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.
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.
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Clinton, Obama, and New Hampshire by the numbers
Discussion: The Sideshow
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't  —  This is interesting — Obama is turning up the volume of his argument with what he terms Clinton style “incremental” change, arguing that Ronald Reagan fundamentally changed the direction of America in a way Bill Clinton didn't.
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Daily Mail:
British Muslim computer geek, son of diplomat, revealed as al Qaeda's top cyber terrorist  —  A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became al Qaeda's top internet agent, it can be revealed today.  —  Younes Tsouli, 23, an IT student at a London college, used his top-floor flat …
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President  —  As a bomb explodes in Beirut and Israel kills 19 in Gaza raids, Bush takes his Middle East peace mission to Saudi Arabia (and signs off $20bn weapons deal with repressive regime)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.”
Stephen M. Walt / Salon:
America needs realists, not William Kristol  —  In its response to letters protesting the recent hiring of hard-line neoconservative William Kristol as a weekly Op-Ed columnist, the New York Times described the decision as the result of a “long and thoughtful process” by a paper committed to “vibrant political discourse.”
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 …
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
 
 
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