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8:00 PM ET, January 16, 2008


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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.
New York Magazine:
Heilemann on Michigan's Republican Goat Rodeo: Is Rudy a Mad Genius After All?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
Oops: Michigan GOP praises McCain's ‘win’
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.
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.
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Clinton, Obama, and New Hampshire by the numbers
Discussion: The Sideshow
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.”
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.”
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 …
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush departs Mideast with few apparent gains, experts say  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — President Bush wraps up a weeklong tour of the Middle East Wednesday, leaving many Mideast political observers mystified as to the purpose of the visit and doubtful that the president made inroads …
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
South Carolina AG Warns Push Pollers  —  We've been tracking Common Sense Issues, the Mike Huckabee-supporting push polling group, closely (click here to see our past coverage).  They've already made millions of calls and last night, they unleashed another onslaught on South Carolina, where they'll call a million homes over three days.
Jeff Taylor / Reason Magazine:
Will SC AG Prosecute Huckabee Push-Poll Robo Calls?
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Flopping Aces
The New Republic:
Edwards Dropped The “A-Bomb” Last Night  —  One more point about the Democratic debate in Las Vegas last night, specifically relating to the discussion of plans to turn Nevada's Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste repository.  Obama, Clinton, and Edwards each stated their unequivocal opposition to this plan …
Discussion: Gristmill and Balloon Juice
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.).
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Congress reaches deal on new defense bill after Bush veto  —  Congress has reached a compromise with the White House over a defense authorization bill provision that had drawn complaints from the Iraqi government.  —  Those complaints prompted President Bush to veto the defense bill last month.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Slams Clinton for Nevada Mailer  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama slammed Sen. Hillary Clinton Wednesday for sending out fliers to Navadans that he said misstates his health care plan and position on social security.  —  The Obama campaign supplied reporters …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FRIED SQUIRREL: I'M LOVING IT!  —  Mike Huckabee explains how he'll appeal to SC voters by explaining how he and his crew ate fried squirrel made in a popcorn popper in college ...
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Marc Ambinder:
Hear (And See) This Actual Pro-Huckabee, Anti-Thompson Push Poll
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Study: John Edwards Doesn't Exist
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Open Left
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven
Stephen M. Walt / Salon:
America needs realists, not William Kristol
New York Times:
Solving a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside a Cookie
Discussion: FP Passport and Norwegianity
 Earlier Items: 
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I think I'm going to have to stop watching “American Idol.”
Discussion: Unfogged
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
Last Dispatch From Pottersville
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Romney sets bar low for SC
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN's John King responds