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9:30 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.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Romney best pick for state Republicans  —  GOP also caucusing on Saturday  —  You might not know it, but there's also a Republican caucus in Nevada on Saturday.  —  While the Democratic candidates have been showering attention on the Silver State in order to sway voters in preparation …
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 …
Huckabee Advisor Offers Sneak Peak of SC Race
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
The Republicans: What We've Learned So Far
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Transformation, like Reagan
Discussion: Corrente
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama and Ronald Reagan's Slipping Halo
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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
Account of C.I.A. Tapes Is Challenged
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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
Thompson criticizes appeal to Saudis  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appealing to Saudi Arabia to encourage higher oil production to help lower prices is not in the long-term interest of the United States, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said on Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal:   No Standard Bearer  —  Mitt Romney finally won the “gold” …
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
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.
Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. Boosts Its Use of Airstrikes In Iraq  —  The U.S. military conducted more than five times as many airstrikes in Iraq last year as it did in 2006, targeting al-Qaeda safe houses, insurgent bombmaking facilities and weapons stockpiles in an aggressive strategy aimed at supporting …
Michael Hill / Baltimore Sun:
Obama's spiritual mentor  —  Powerhouse Chicago preacher draws attention, and plenty of controversy  —  CHICAGO - The packed house at Trinity United - some 3,000 in all - had been in the pews for almost two hours, energized by a 200-voice choir and a rousing dance performance Sunday, when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright stepped up to speak.
Discussion: the talking dog
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