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11:20 AM ET, January 17, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.”
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.
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Still Leads in South Carolina  —  Huckabee still No. 2, Thompson boots Romney from No 3 spot  —  Utica, NY - Arizona Sen. John McCain kept his lead in South Carolina in the second installment of the Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby tracking poll.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Hot Topics » Election Center 2008  • The Political Ticker  • Barack Obama  • Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — When is an endorsement not quite an endorsement?  When it reads anything like yesterday's tepid backing of Obama in the conservative-leaning Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Parries a Reprise of 2000 Smear Tactics
Discussion: JustOneMinute, MSNBC and American Power
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 …
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” …
Matthew Yglesias:
Like Reagan  —  Barack Obama tosses off a vague comparison between himself and Ronald Regan and Matt Stoller gets really pissed.  I don't really get it.  Obama is pretty unambiguously claiming that much as Reagan was a friendly, popular face of a much more conservative governing agenda …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Obama's Admiration of Ronald Reagan
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.
New York Times:
Don't Tie the Next President's Hands
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Vetting Obama  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Barack Obama nipping …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Abortions Hit Lowest Number Since 1976  —  The number of abortions performed in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005 — the lowest level since 1976, according to a new report.  —  The number of abortions fell at least in part because the proportion of women ending their pregnancies …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Bluey Blog
Los Angeles Times:
Abortion rate shrinks to lowest level since '74
Discussion: Don Surber
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Lawmaker says CIA official defied instructions to preserve tapes  —  Republican Pete Hoekstra contradicts accounts that Jose Rodriguez was never told to save the interrogation videos.  —  WASHINGTON — A senior House Republican said information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee indicated …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Rodriguez Defied Orders: Hoekstra
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 Roberts / New York Times:
Even at Home, Backers Worry About Giuliani  —  For months, the Republican establishment in New York and New Jersey marched nearly in lock step behind Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former hometown mayor they were confident would become their party's nominee for president.
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Taxes  —  As the rugby scrum that is the Republican Presidential race heads to South Carolina, the players are wrestling on conservative turf.  So it's a good time to wrestle ourselves with an issue that has become a conservative signature — taxes.
Discussion: The Corner and BizzyBlog
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