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12:20 AM ET, January 18, 2008


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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Heated Exchange At Romney Press Conference  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — There was an ice storm in South Carolina this morning, but it was even colder inside a Staples store where a Mitt Romney press conference suddenly went sour.  —  Romney was in the middle …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney clashes with reporter  —  Mitt Romney scolded a veteran campaign reporter in South Carolina today after being challenged on claims about lobbyists' involvement in the campaign.  —  Holding a news conference in front of the pen rack of a Columbia Staples store, Romney wanted to tout his “strategy for a stronger economy.”
Huckabee: Outsiders not welcome in Confederate flag decisions  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told South Carolina voters Thursday that the government had no business making decisions over the Confederate flag.  —  “You don't like people from outside …
Rasmussen Reports:
New Jersey Republican Presidential Primary
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Confederate Flag Takes Center Stage Once Again
Discussion: The RBC
Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
Huckabee and McCain Playing it Polite in S.C.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Huckabee Going Off the Rails  —  Mike Huckabee joins Mitt Romney on my personal list of candidates for whom I would not vote even if the only alternative is Hillary Clinton (in which case I'll just sit home and complain).  Why?  —  1. From ImmigrationProfBlog:
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee Directly Equates Homosexuality With Bestiality  —  At some point you'd think Mike Huckabee's views would be seen as so controversial that there's no way he could possibly be a contender for the nomination of one of America's two main political parties.  —  Especially now.
John C. Ensslin / Rocky Mountain News:
Joke leaves 'em gasping  —  Obama quip stuns Citizen of the West banquet crowd  —  A Greeley businessman apologized Wednesday after a joke about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fell flat during the National Western Stock Show's annual Citizen of the West banquet.
Aaron Lewis / CBS News:
Edwards Jabs Obama and Clinton  —  From CBS News' Aaron Lewis:  —  HENDERSON, NEV. — John Edwards ripped Barack Obama for praising the way Ronald Reagan brought about change when he was President of the United States.  —  “When you think about what Ronald Reagan did to the American people …
Reno Gazette-Journal# New Hampshire Newspapers:
Obama embodies party's vision
Discussion: Open Left
Edwards takes aim at media
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Ad: ‘Hillary Clinton is shameless’  —  The radio ad aired by one of Obama's labor allies re-injects ethnicity into the Democratic primary contest in sharp terms.  —  “Hillary Clinton does not respect our people,” the ad says in Spanish (original and Clinton campaign translation after the jump) …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Bill Clinton, Stumping and Simmering  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton may be the spouse running for office, but it is more Bill Clinton who appears to be feeling the heat.  —  After weeks of complaining publicly about Barack Obama's record, the news media's coverage of the Democratic presidential race …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Judge OKs casino caucuses in Nevada
John McCain / Newsweek:
When Ross Perot Calls...  The former presidential candidate blasts John McCain, and gets an education about Barack Obama's religion.  —  The phone rang and it was Ross Perot, who hasn't given an interview in years.  Perot, who won 19 percent of the vote in the 1992 presidential election …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Washington group wants Ralph Reed dumped as CNN election-night analyst
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Huge New Diebold Disparities Found in Manchester, Ward 5 During NH Hand Counts  —  Scores of Votes Mistallied for Every Democratic Candidate...  As mentioned last night, in this disturbing article, the early results of the hand counts of the Diebold precinct in Dennis Kucinich's election contest …
Brian Ross / Associated Press:
Gen. Tommy Franks Paid $100,000 To Endorse ‘F’ Veterans Charity  —  Congressional Investigators Say Only 25 Percent of Charity's Raised Funds Went to Vets  —  Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, was paid $100,000 to endorse a veterans charity …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA AND REAGAN.  —  Obama's stated admiration for Reagan here.  What he's saying is that Reagan effectively understood the ideological currents in the country and used that mastery of public opinion to drive popular sentiment.  In other words, he admires Reagan for shifting the center.
David Limbaugh:
New Column: Answering Fred's Call  —  Commentators are citing the unpredictability of the Republican primary contests as proof that Reagan conservatism is dead when precisely the opposite conclusion is warranted.  —  The main reason the conventional wisdom is being shattered in the primaries …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Washington Post:
No Ifs, Ands or Butts: Hitchens Calls It Quits  —  That bit of hell frozen over?  Courtesy of raffish provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who's given up his beloved cigarettes — cold turkey.  —  In an interview with the Financial Times published last week, Hitchens casually announced he'd quit smoking …
Discussion: normblog and
Bylines of Brutality  —  As Casualties Mount, Some Question The Emotional Stability of Media Vets  —  An Iowahawk Special Investigative Report  —  With Statistical Guidance from the New York Times  —  A Denver newspaper columnist is arrested for stalking a story subject.
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