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2:55 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Hannah Strange / Times of London:
Obama and Clinton tied nationally, say polls
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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) …
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?
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:
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David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun:
Timing may sink lawsuit aimed at Strip voting
Chris Chatham / Developing Intelligence:
“The Diebold Effect”: Hillary's Votes Higher From Diebold Machines Even Controlling for Demographics (education, income, population, etc)  —  UPDATES 1, 2, 3 (But the Diebold effect still remains...)  —  In contrast to exit pre-election polls, the final vote tally from the NH democratic primary shows …
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 …
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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 …
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House reused e-mail tapes
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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RETIREES AND THE FAIRTAX....Matt Yglesias reprints a chart showing that Mike Huckabee's 30% national sales tax would be good for the rich and bad for the middle class, and then adds this: … A big national sales tax is such a loopy idea that I feel like my IQ drops every time I even acknowledge it as something worth discussing.
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Gonzone / Matthew Yglesias:   Cui Bono?  —  Who wins under Mike Huckabee's plan to replace …
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraqi Spending to Rebuild Has Slowed, Report Says  —  Highly promising figures that the administration cited to demonstrate economic progress in Iraq last fall, when Congress was considering whether to continue financing the war, cannot be substantiated by official Iraqi budget records …
Discussion: At-Largely
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Matthew Yglesias:
Ah, The Electorate  —  Looks like John McCain's big pocket …
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 ...
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.
 
 
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Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Battleground Florida  —  South Carolina will get all the attention …
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
Fred Hits DoJ for “Overlawyering” Gun Rights Case
Discussion: Fred File and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON HATRED.  —  of last night's debate.  Edwards never even makes an appearance.
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Balloon Juice
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Thompson trying to be heard in South Carolina
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Huckabee's Further Flip-Flopping
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly To Schultz: “If you know where's a veteran, sleeping under …
David Abel / Boston Globe:
King's son says Clinton erred
Discussion: The Swamp
Confederate Yankee:
Harper's Defaults on Horton's Credibility
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 Earlier Items: 
John Yoo / philly.com:
Terror suspects are waging ‘lawfare’ on U.S.
Discussion: The Heretik and Power Line
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Obama gets major labor endorsement
Washington Post:
44 Percent Vote Against Clinton
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Clinton fends off Uncommitted
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
High-Profile Officer Nagl to Leave Army, Join Think Tank
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Death of the Bush Doctrine
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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