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4:55 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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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.
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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.
Zogby:
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Paul, Dr. No-body, beats Rudy and Fred — again  —  Well, he's hanging in there.  Not only that, but Rep. Ron Paul thumped two reputed Republican heavyweights in the Michigan primary — former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  —  Who'd have predicted that a couple of months ago?
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.
Discussion: PunditGuy
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House reused e-mail tapes
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   ROVE: DEMS ‘IRRESPONSIBLE,’ GOP ‘POSITIVE’
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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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Balloon Juice
Reason:
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 Strange / Times of London:
Obama and Clinton tied nationally, say polls  —  A surging Barack Obama has wiped out Hillary Clinton's once substantial poll lead in the race for the Democratic nomination and is now in a virtual tie nationally with the former first lady, according to a poll released today.
Discussion: The Swamp
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John Whitesides / Reuters:   Obama, Clinton tied in 2008 Democratic race
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 …
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.
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 ...
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:
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President  —  As a bomb explodes in Beirut and Israel kills 19 in Gaza raids, Bush takes his Middle East peace mission to Saudi Arabia (and signs off $20bn weapons deal with repressive regime)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Romney sets bar low for SC
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Yahoo! News:
McCain stands by rebel flag stance
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Aide: Clinton Is ‘Prohibitive Favorite’ in Nevada
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME
Think Progress:
Bachmann: I'm ‘Proud’ That ‘We Have People Working Two Jobs’ And ‘Longer Hours’
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Battleground Florida  —  South Carolina will get all the attention …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RETIREES AND THE FAIRTAX....Matt Yglesias reprints a chart showing …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
Fred Hits DoJ for “Overlawyering” Gun Rights Case
Discussion: Fred File, Hot Air and Daily Pundit
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly To Schultz: “If you know where's a veteran, sleeping under …
 Earlier Items: 
David Abel / Boston Globe:
King's son says Clinton erred
Discussion: The Swamp
Jon Garcia / ABCNEWS:
Bush Asks Saudi King to Open Oil Spigots
Confederate Yankee:
Harper's Defaults on Horton's Credibility
Discussion: Harper's
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Energy, food costs balloon US inflation
John Yoo / philly.com:
Terror suspects are waging ‘lawfare’ on U.S.
Discussion: Power Line and The Heretik
Michelle Malkin:
Wanted: A Suck It Up candidate
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In Child Porn Case, a Digital Dilemma
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
High-Profile Officer Nagl to Leave Army, Join Think Tank