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8:40 PM ET, January 17, 2008


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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.
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:
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee vows to send all illegal aliens home
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Crunchy Con and The Trail
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
New Jersey Republican Presidential Primary
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.
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) …
Editor and Publisher:
Jon Stewart Goes After Jonah Goldberg and ‘Fascism’
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
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) …
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: and normblog
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 …
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 …
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.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
No Need to Write Rudy Off Yet
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and MSNBC
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 …
Jon Ralston / Las vegas sun Blogs:
RJ says Romney, Clinton leading  —  The RJ, ever-fearful that the Internet-illiterate newspaper will be scooped on its own information by someone who knows about new media, put out its results early of its poll that will be released Friday.  The RJ indicates in an email to subscribers shows …
Discussion: Las Vegas Gleaner
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 …
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Tom Andrews / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: The Corner
The Corner:
Dinner in Kabul  —  So, it's quitting time in Kabul.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Edwards likes (doesn't loathe) FNC now?
Discussion: Horses Mouth
Media Matters for America:
David Brock Issues Open Letter to NBC News President Steve Capus
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA AND REAGAN.  —  Obama's stated admiration for Reagan here.
The New Republic:
Do Huckabee and McCain Have Rush Problems?
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Those under 30 see hurdles to voting
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge May Question C.I.A. Agents About Tapes
Matt / Think Progress:
John Gibson Celebrates Increase In ‘Anglo’ …
Discussion: Guanabee
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The Edwards Media Blackout — Now On Video!
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Is that Hillary Clinton Talking? Or Grover Norquist?
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Just What Types of Change Do Americans Want?
Gareth Porter / Asia Times:
How the Pentagon planted a false story