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4:20 PM ET, January 17, 2008


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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Parries a Reprise of 2000 Smear Tactics  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Volunteers making telephone calls for Senator John McCain in South Carolina last weekend noticed something odd: Four people contacted said in remarkably similar language that they opposed Mr. McCain for president …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
A Center Called McCain
Satyam / Think Progress:   NYT's Roger Cohen: On Iraq, McCain Is 'Less Wrong Than Most …
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.
Judge OKs casino caucuses in Nevada  —  LAS VEGAS (CNN) — The Democratic Party can go ahead with a plan to let casino workers take part in Saturday's Nevada caucuses in “at-large” precincts set up in their workplaces, a federal judge ruled Thursday.  —  The state teacher's union went …
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses Nevada caucus challenge
Adam Tanner / Reuters:
Court allows casino vote that may boost Obama
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Open Left
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
It's Fred's Turn  —  If I were a South Carolina Republican voter on Saturday, then for parochial, tactical, and philosophical reasons, I would vote for Fred Thompson.  —  This doesn't mean that I would not have voted for Mitt Romney in Michigan on Tuesday, if I were a Michigander …
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Still Leads in South Carolina
Discussion: Reuters and Don Surber
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“The Free Pass for McCain is Over”
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
Suzanne Malveaux / CNN:
BET founder apologizes to Obama  —  (CNN) — The founder and former CEO of Black Entertainment Television apologized Thursday to Sen. Barack Obama for what appeared to be veiled comments this week regarding the Democratic presidential hopeful's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Editor and Publisher:
Jon Stewart Goes After Jonah Goldberg and ‘Fascism’  —  NEW YORK Columnist Jonah Goldberg stopped by Comedy Central's “Daily Show” on Wednesday night to tout his provocative new book, “Liberal Fascism."  Jon Stewart clearly didn't buy the premise, asking at one point in exasperation …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Faiz / Think Progress:
Stewart to Jonah: 'I don't know what you're saying.'  —  Jonah Goldberg appeared on the Daily Show last night to tout his new book, “Liberal Fascism."  Jon Stewart spent 18 minutes disputing the premise of Goldberg's book (which was condensed down into a six-minute clip) …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Anti-war groups retreat on funding fight  —  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 …
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Just What Types of Change Do Americans Want?  —  PRINCETON, NJ — One of the most frequently heard mantras on the presidential campaign trail this year has been the call for “change."  Several of the leading presidential candidates have adopted “change” as a campaign theme and have rushed …
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.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The Edwards Media Blackout — Now On Video!
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Is that Hillary Clinton Talking? Or Grover Norquist?
Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
Blast at Pakistan Shiite mosque kills 7
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
David McGrath Schwartz / Las vegas sun Blogs:
Judge: At-large precincts are OK
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Page and Tammy Bruce
Michelle Malkin:
The statistical proof of liberal intolerance
Braced but unprepared:  —  That's the sober scouting report …
 Earlier Items: 
Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
How the Pentagon planted a false story
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Leahy for Obama  —  Two sources familiar with the senior Vermont …
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Taxes
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Opium fields spread across Iraq as farmers try to make ends meet
City Journal:
School Choice Isn't Enough
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Résumé Gap  —  A Democratic Field Without an Executive