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1:30 PM ET, January 17, 2008


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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.
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.”
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.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“The Free Pass for McCain is Over”  —  Yes, two days before South Carolina, it finally ends, according to a Huckabee adviser.  It's about time, because McCain has a solid lead in South Carolina in every poll, and if he wins there, he's going to be hard to stop (hate to sound like a broken record on this theme).
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
John Ellis / Real Clear Politics:
Notes on the GOP Race
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Vetting Obama  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Barack Obama nipping at her heels in Iowa, Hillary Clinton went on the state's public television Dec. 14 to say: “I've been vetted. ...  There are no surprises."  —  That was the first use in presidential campaign politics of an unusual word.
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Misstep in a Liberal Minefield
Discussion: Cold Fury and Booman Tribune
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Obama splits Black Caucus
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
David McGrath Schwartz / Las Vegas Sun:
Ruling on Strip voting looks likely today
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Leahy for Obama  —  Two sources familiar with the senior Vermont senator's plans say Patrick Leahy will be endorsing Obama today in an 11:00 a.m. conference call today.  —  Leahy's spokesman, David Carle, wouldn't confirm the senator's plans, but did suggest a reporter pay attention to the call …
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 …
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 …
Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
How the Pentagon planted a false story  —  WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials, evidently reflecting a broader administration policy decision, used an off-the-record Pentagon briefing to turn the January 6 US-Iranian incident in the Strait of Hormuz into a sensational story demonstrating …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Testimony  —  Chairman Ben S. Bernanke  —  The economic outlook  —  Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives  —  Chairman Spratt, Representative Ryan, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to be here to offer my views on the near-term economic outlook and related issues.
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Liberal Hatemongers  —  A politically progressive friend of mine always seemed to root against baseball teams from the South.  The Braves, the Rangers, the Astros — he hated them all.  I asked him why, to which he replied, “Southerners are prejudiced."  —  The same logic is evident …
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.
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 …
Discussion: techPresident and Classical Values
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Frank James / Chicago Tribune:
Bernanke's got a sense of humor, and needs it
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
USA Today:
Universal health care plans up against U.S. law
Discussion: Central Sanity
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
McCain, the Base, and the General Election
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Home construction drops 25 percent
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Mailer Hits Obama On Social Security And Taxes
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Abortions Hit Lowest Number Since 1976
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Taxes
Discussion: The Corner and BizzyBlog
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The Looming Menace of Paul
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Opium fields spread across Iraq as farmers try to make ends meet
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School Choice Isn't Enough
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Cost of being underinsured: His right arm
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Lawmaker says CIA official defied instructions to preserve tapes
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