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9:50 AM ET, January 17, 2008


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The Politico:
Romney skips S.C., bets on Nevada  —  “This is a state I'd expect that Sen. [John] McCain has pretty well wrapped up,” Romney told reporters at the Sun City Hilton Head Retirement Center in Bluffton.  “It would be an enormous surprise if he were unable to win here.”
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
McCain Takes the Fight To Negative Opponents  —  As Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) campaigned in South Carolina yesterday, he confronted crudely produced fliers attacking his war record and a blitz of robotic phone calls twisting his position on abortion, attacks he said were reminiscent …
Discussion: TIME, New York Times and The Caucus
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee vows to send all illegal aliens home  —  TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday continued to move to the right on immigration during this year's presidential campaign, signing a pledge to enforce immigration laws and to make all illegal aliens go home.
Huckabee Advisor Offers Sneak Peak of SC Race
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
The Republicans: What We've Learned So Far
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Bill Clinton Gets Riled Over Nevada Strip Caucuses  —  Former President Bill Clinton got positively riled — as in steely-eyed — today when pressed by a local TV reporter on the issue of lawsuits filed by Sen. Hillary Clinton's Nevada supporters to challenge the Jan. 19 Democratic “at large” …
Discussion: Political Punch and USS Neverdock
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Voter-Fraud Rethink  —  Both Democrats and Republicans are good at practicing hypocrisy when they need to.  But it's still breathtaking to see how some Democrats ignore that it was only last week they argued before the Supreme Court that an Indiana law requiring voters show ID at the polls …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Obama's Admiration of Ronald Reagan  —  This is from the Reno Gazette editorial board on Monday.  —  The video clip above is Barack Obama explaining his admiration of Ronald Reagan.  I've transcribed it here. … There are many reason progressives should admire Ronald Reagan, politically speaking.
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Obama splits Black Caucus  —  Even though Barack Obama may become the first African-American ever to represent a major party as the nominee for president, many black lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not supporting him.  And that's creating tensions within the Congressional Black Caucus.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
New York Times:
Account of C.I.A. Tapes Is Challenged  —  WASHINGTON — The former Central Intelligence Agency official who authorized the destruction in 2005 of videotapes documenting harsh interrogation of detainees from Al Qaeda gave the order despite apparently being directed to preserve the tapes …
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Résumé Gap  —  A Democratic Field Without an Executive  —  It was fascinating to watch the three top contenders for the Democratic nomination discuss their concept of the presidency during Tuesday night's MSNBC debate in Las Vegas.  But it was also stunning to realize …
Jenna Bush Planning May 10 Wedding  —  Jenna Bush and her fiancé Henry Hager will marry in a ceremony on May 10, two sources confirm to PEOPLE.  —  One of the sources says the wedding will be held at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas.  —  “It's going to be a small wedding …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Rove outlines plan to beat top '08 Dems  —  Karl Rove provided state Republican officials Wednesday with his strategy for winning the 2008 presidential election, suggesting the party hammer the top Democrats on taxes, immigration, national security and a lack of experience.
Discussion: USA Today, The Politico and AMERICAblog
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee tries to laugh off Theocon remarks!  —  On H&C last night after the MI primary, Colmes asked Huckabee to comment on his theocratic rant to change the Constitution to line up with the word of God in his eyes.  —  Download (1559) |  Play (2074) Download (900) |  Play (1051)
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Anti-war groups retreat  —  After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home.
Los Angeles Times:
Abortion rate shrinks to lowest level since '74  —  The most comprehensive study in years of abortion in America underscores a striking change in the landscape, with ever-fewer pregnant women choosing abortion and those who do increasingly opting to avoid surgical clinics.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Mesh / Harvard:
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Michael Hill / Baltimore Sun:
Obama's spiritual mentor
Discussion: the talking dog
Alexander Tabarrok / Forbes:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Rudy At The Memorial  —  Rudy Giuliani spoke at the Jacksonville …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Conservative Cultural Supremacism Based In Extreme Insecurity
Discussion: MSNBC
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
After Veto, House Passes a Revised Military Policy Measure
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary Plays Flight Attendant to Traveling Press
Thompson criticizes appeal to Saudis
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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Study: John Edwards Doesn't Exist