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12:15 AM ET, January 17, 2008


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Thompson criticizes appeal to Saudis  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appealing to Saudi Arabia to encourage higher oil production to help lower prices is not in the long-term interest of the United States, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said on Wednesday.
Marc Ambinder:
The Republicans: What We've Learned So Far
Discussion: Macsmind
Ross Douthat:
Mitt Romney and Double Standards
Discussion: The American Scene and Eunomia
New York Magazine:
Heilemann on Michigan's Republican Goat Rodeo: Is Rudy a Mad Genius After All?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
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.
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 …
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 …
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Court Case Could Alter Nev. Outcome
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.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Obama's Admiration of Ronald Reagan  —  This is from the Reno Gazette editorial board on Monday.  —  The video clip above is Barack Obama explaining his admiration of Ronald Reagan.  I've transcribed it here. … There are many reason progressives should admire Ronald Reagan, politically speaking.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and IMAO.US
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.”
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
After Veto, House Passes a Revised Military Policy Measure  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping $696 billion military policy measure after revising a single provision in the 1,300-page bill that had prompted a surprise veto by President Bush.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Congress reaches deal on new defense bill after Bush veto
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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Conservative Cultural Supremacism Based In Extreme Insecurity  —  This sort of post is usually the province of Living Liberally, but as a vegetarian who is oftentimes forced to explain my cultural deviancy, I had to comment on it.  House minority leader John Boehner hates food he has never tired before:
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven  —  If you're reading this, then chances are you already know about Web 2.0.  Even if you don't know the term itself, you're one of millions worldwide who are actively creating, sharing or benefiting from user-generated content that characterizes Web 2.0 phenomena.
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.”
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.”
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Study: John Edwards Doesn't Exist  —  A new study finds that John Edwards doesn't exist.  —  Allow me to explain.  —  After John Edwards placed second in the Iowa caucus on January 3, Elizabeth Edwards took to the airwaves to argue that his finish should occasion the media to stop covering …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Taliban overrun military fort in South Waziristan  —  Northwestern Pakistan, including the tribal belts.  Click to view.  —  The Taliban in South Waziristan have overrun a fort manned by the Frontier Corps in the town of Sararogha.  During a massed assault, the Taliban launched …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary Plays Flight Attendant to Traveling Press
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jewish voters lean toward Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Too Sense
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Point of honor  —  When Robin Page, “a farmer, conservationist …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jamie Court / The Huffington Post:
Arresting The Uninsured To Save Them
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Bush Does the Sword Dance
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Marc Ambinder:
Hear (And See) This Actual Pro-Huckabee, Anti-Thompson Push Poll
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
South Carolina AG Warns Push Pollers
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
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
The New Republic:
Edwards Dropped The “A-Bomb” Last Night
Discussion: Gristmill and Balloon Juice
Developing Intelligence:
“The Diebold Effect": Hillary's Votes Higher From Diebold Machines …