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4:55 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.
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.
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 …
Mike Huckabee: ‘The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom’   Huckabee Going Off the Rails
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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’  —  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
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 …
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 …
Clinton supporter apologizes for Obama comments  —  (CNN) - High-profile Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson is apologizing to Barack Obama for comments he made last week regarding the Illinois senator's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.  Johnson said he sent a letter to Obama Thursday morning …
Michelle Malkin:
BET's Robert L. Johnson apologizes to Obama; Update: Vid links added
Discussion: Hot Air and politburo diktat 2.0
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
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 …
James Slack / Daily Mail:
Government renames Islamic terrorism as ‘anti-Islamic activity’ to woo Muslims  —  Ministers have adopted a new language for declarations on Islamic terrorism.  —  In future, fanatics will be referred to as pursuing “anti-Islamic activity".  —  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that extremists …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GINA COBB
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Michelle Malkin:
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Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Ministers ditch the phrase ‘war on terror’
Discussion: Spectator and Daily Pundit
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George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Misstep in a Liberal Minefield
Discussion: Cold Fury and Booman Tribune
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