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11:25 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.
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.
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
Thompson criticizes appeal to Saudis
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ross Douthat:
Mitt Romney and Double Standards
Discussion: The American Scene and Eunomia
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jewish voters lean toward Hillary Clinton  —  Eight years ago, in her first campaign for the Senate, Hillary Rodham Clinton was scrambling to put out fires with a troublesome local minority: Jewish voters.  —  Now, she's emerged as the candidate with the bulk of establishment Jewish support …
Discussion: Too Sense
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.”
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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Point of honor  —  When Robin Page, “a farmer, conservationist …
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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
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Study: John Edwards Doesn't Exist
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven
Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Congress reaches deal on new defense bill after Bush veto
New York Times:
Solving a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside a Cookie
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Slams Clinton for Nevada Mailer
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I think I'm going to have to stop watching “American Idol.”
Discussion: Unfogged
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
Last Dispatch From Pottersville
The New Republic:
Edwards Dropped The “A-Bomb” Last Night
Discussion: Gristmill and Balloon Juice