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12:00 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary's Flat Tire In Michigan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Clinton fends off Uncommitted
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“You're Welcome"  —  The Clintons' message to African-Americans?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Washington Post:
Romney Wins Michigan GOP Primary  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney resoundingly won the Michigan presidential primary Tuesday, seizing his first big victory in the Republican competition and blunting the momentum of his chief rival, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
Patrick Ruffini /
McCain's Michigan Letdown
John Whitesides / Reuters:   Obama, Clinton tied in 2008 Democratic race
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
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Seek a Softer Tone
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) …
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: The Corner, Eunomia and National Review
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Monthly:
The Unbearable Inanity of Tim Russert  —  On May 27, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson appeared on Meet the Press hoping, no doubt, to get a question about Iraq policy.  Richardson was advocating the complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces, an important policy distinction …
Michael Abramowitz / On The Plane:
Dowd, Sick Instead of Skewering, Gets Help from White House Doc  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Having made a living for years skewering President Bush, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is almost certainly not one of the White House's favorite columnists.  —  She refers to the president dismissively …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Faith, Freedom and Bling in the Middle East
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In Child Porn Case, a Digital Dilemma  —  U.S. Seeks to Force Suspect to Reveal Password to Computer Files  —  The federal government is asking a U.S. District Court in Vermont to order a man to type a password that would unlock files on his computer, despite his claim that doing so would constitute self-incrimination.
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.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TigerHawk
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.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Huckabee about-face on smoking  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has reversed his position on a federal ban aimed at workplace smoking and now believes the issue should be addressed by state and local governments.  —  The about-face is apparent in a Huckabee campaign statement …
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Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS-US: How the Pentagon Planted a False Hormuz Story
Discussion: The Newshoggers
John Yoo /
Terror suspects are waging ‘lawfare’ on U.S.
Discussion: Power Line
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Revival of 1992's Glum Mood
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Michelle Malkin:
Wanted: A Suck It Up candidate
New York Times:
Citigroup Loss Raises Anxiety Over Economy
Discussion: The Swamp and The Big Picture
Washington Post:
44 Percent Vote Against Clinton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Who Wrote Ron Paul's Newsletters?
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
What Next?  —  The primary process is defended by those who love …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
Re: “You Have to be Able to Manage and Run the Bureaucracy”
The Hill:
Bush earmarks plan roils Dems, fractures GOP
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Global Advances Challenge U.S. Dominance in Science
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraqi Spending to Rebuild Has Slowed, Report Says
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Death of the Bush Doctrine
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Janet Albrechtsen / The Australian:
Too many rights make a wrong