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12:20 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
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:
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 …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Point of honor  —  When Robin Page, “a farmer, conservationist, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and the chairman of the Countryside Restoration Trust” spoke at a pro-hunting rally in 2002, he opened his speech with this sentence.  “If you are a black, vegetarian, Muslim, asylum-seeking …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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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
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Taliban overrun military fort in South Waziristan
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
Yahoo! News:
McCain stands by rebel flag stance
Discussion: Punditry
Developing Intelligence:
“The Diebold Effect": Hillary's Votes Higher From Diebold Machines …