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1:00 PM ET, January 16, 2008


 Top Items: 
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan ‘win’  —  (CNN) — Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan tonight, despite her primary “win” there: results revealed that she may have reason to worry about her grasp on the African-American vote.
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton paints Obama as ‘establishment’ candidate  —  SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Bill Clinton, who carried Nevada in two general elections, urged voters Tuesday to buck labor endorsements for Sen. Barack Obama and support his wife in Saturday's hotly contested presidential caucuses …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Obama best choice for Democrats  —  Or do they prefer a re-run of 'It came from Little Rock'?  —  As state Democrats prepare to hold their Saturday caucuses, cynical Republicans might well encourage them to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton, figuring her high “negatives” — the unusual number …
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Clinton fends off Uncommitted
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and The Page
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary's Flat Tire In Michigan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: Eunomia and National Review
David Brooks / Campaign Stops:
Republicans Brawl, Democrats Yawn  —  Here are a few things that happened Tuesday night.  —  First, it was a good night for the Democrats and a bad night for the Republicans.  The Democratic debate has been a love fest.  The candidates have all (for very good reasons) …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Mitt Won, Authenticity Lost  —  WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's victory in Michigan was a defeat for authenticity in politics.  —  The former Massachusetts governor pandered to voters, distorted his opponents' record and continued to show why he's the most malleable — and least credible — major presidential candidate.
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Leads in South Carolina, Huckabee a strong second  —  UTICA, New York - Arizona Sen. John McCain is the leader in the South Carolina Republican primary race with 29% support, a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby tracking poll shows.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama, Clinton tied in 2008 Democratic race  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama has erased a once substantial deficit to climb into a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Republicans Turn Their Attention to South Carolina
Discussion: The Swamp
Patrick Ruffini /
McCain's Michigan Letdown
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in Las Vegas  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, as provided by the Federal News Service.  —  DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC) SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:
David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun:
Timing may sink lawsuit aimed at Strip voting
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN's John King responds  —  Over the weekend, I wrote about an adulating interview which CNN's John King conducted with John McCain while riding on the storied Straight Talk Express bus.  The interview was broadcast on “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer.  In that post, I printed all of the …
Jon Garcia / ABCNEWS:
Bush Asks Saudi King to Open Oil Spigots  —  Makes Personal Appeal After Public Rejection  —  President Bush dons a traditional Arab fur robe as he accompanies Saudi King Abdullah before his departure today.  (Saudi Press Agency/Reuters)  —  One hour after his plea for more Saudi oil …
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 …
Washington Post:
Station Chief Made Appeal To Destroy CIA Tapes  —  Lawyer Says Top Official Had Implicit Approval  —  In late 2005, the retiring CIA station chief in Bangkok sent a classified cable to his superiors in Langley asking if he could destroy videotapes recorded at a secret CIA prison in Thailand …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
High-Profile Officer Nagl to Leave Army, Join Think Tank  —  One of the Army's most prominent younger officers, whose writings have influenced the conduct of the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq, said he has decided to leave the service to study strategic issues full time at a new Washington think tank.
Steven E. Landsburg / New York Times:
What to Expect When You're Free Trading  —  IN the days before Tuesday's Republican presidential primary in Michigan, Mitt Romney and John McCain battled over what the government owes to workers who lose their jobs because of the foreign competition unleashed by free trade.
Chris Chatham / Developing Intelligence:
“The Diebold Effect”: Hillary's Votes Higher From Diebold Machines Even Controlling for Demographics (education, income, population, etc)  —  In contrast to exit polls, the final vote tally from the NH democratic primary shows a surprise victory for Hillary Clinton.
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