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10:20 AM ET, January 17, 2008


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The Politico:
Romney skips S.C., bets on Nevada  —  “This is a state I'd expect that Sen. [John] McCain has pretty well wrapped up,” Romney told reporters at the Sun City Hilton Head Retirement Center in Bluffton.  “It would be an enormous surprise if he were unable to win here.”
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
McCain Takes the Fight To Negative Opponents  —  As Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) campaigned in South Carolina yesterday, he confronted crudely produced fliers attacking his war record and a blitz of robotic phone calls twisting his position on abortion, attacks he said were reminiscent …
Discussion: New York Times, TIME, MSNBC and The Caucus
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee vows to send all illegal aliens home  —  TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday continued to move to the right on immigration during this year's presidential campaign, signing a pledge to enforce immigration laws and to make all illegal aliens go home.
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Still Leads in South Carolina
Discussion: Don Surber
Huckabee Advisor Offers Sneak Peak of SC Race
Discussion: Hot Air
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Voter-Fraud Rethink  —  Both Democrats and Republicans are good at practicing hypocrisy when they need to.  But it's still breathtaking to see how some Democrats ignore that it was only last week they argued before the Supreme Court that an Indiana law requiring voters show ID at the polls …
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Bill Clinton Gets Riled Over Nevada Strip Caucuses  —  Former President Bill Clinton got positively riled — as in steely-eyed — today when pressed by a local TV reporter on the issue of lawsuits filed by Sen. Hillary Clinton's Nevada supporters to challenge the Jan. 19 Democratic “at large” …
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Like Reagan  —  Barack Obama tosses off a vague comparison between himself and Ronald Regan and Matt Stoller gets really pissed.  I don't really get it.  Obama is pretty unambiguously claiming that much as Reagan was a friendly, popular face of a much more conservative governing agenda …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama and Ronald Reagan's Slipping Halo
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Obama splits Black Caucus  —  Even though Barack Obama may become the first African-American ever to represent a major party as the nominee for president, many black lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not supporting him.  And that's creating tensions within the Congressional Black Caucus.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Says Joe Lowery: Obama's black doubters have a ‘slave mentality’
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPM Election Central
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Lawmaker says CIA official defied instructions to preserve tapes  —  Republican Pete Hoekstra contradicts accounts that Jose Rodriguez was never told to save the interrogation videos.  —  WASHINGTON — A senior House Republican said information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee indicated …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Résumé Gap  —  A Democratic Field Without an Executive  —  It was fascinating to watch the three top contenders for the Democratic nomination discuss their concept of the presidency during Tuesday night's MSNBC debate in Las Vegas.  But it was also stunning to realize …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Anti-war groups retreat  —  After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and QandO
Jenna Bush Planning May 10 Wedding  —  Jenna Bush and her fiancé Henry Hager will marry in a ceremony on May 10, two sources confirm to PEOPLE.  —  One of the sources says the wedding will be held at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas.  —  “It's going to be a small wedding …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton Plays Flight Attendant … LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed her traveling press corps aboard her campaign plane Wednesday with a humorous riff on the standard flight attendant speech familiar to commercial air travelers.  —  “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and The Hill
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary Plays Flight Attendant to Traveling Press
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Huckabee's Task: Going National On a Shoestring  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Mike Huckabee, written off as a long shot for much of the presidential campaign, emerged as one of the leaders of the Republican pack when he won the Iowa caucuses.  But like the dog that finally caught the car …
Discussion: MSNBC, Time and Political Punch
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Rove outlines plan to beat top '08 Dems  —  Karl Rove provided state Republican officials Wednesday with his strategy for winning the 2008 presidential election, suggesting the party hammer the top Democrats on taxes, immigration, national security and a lack of experience.
Discussion: The Politico, USA Today and AMERICAblog
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Discussion: the talking dog
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