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2:50 PM ET, January 18, 2008


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Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
THE NEVADA CAUCUS: Poll: Nevada going to Clinton, Romney  —  Obama picks up no ground; Giuliani fades  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney have comfortable leads in Nevada going into Saturday's presidential campaign caucuses, according to a new Review-Journal poll.
Reuters/Zogby Polls: McCain Retains South Carolina Lead; Clinton Leads Obama in Nevada  —  South Carolina  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain is holding on to his lead in South Carolina as the Republican primary election there approaches, a new Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby three-day telephone tracking poll shows.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The martyrdom of John McCain  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - The national media thinks John McCain is under siege again, and his campaign is only too happy to help reporters file their stories.  —  At a rally Thursday, outside McCain's headquarters just down the street from the state capitol here …
Byron York / The Hill:
The president of Florida
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Weekly Standard
Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
Huck Hoax: Why He Won't Break Out  —  Mike Huckabee has pulled a neat trick.His appeal so far has been limited exclusively to evangelicals, yet the press has taken him seriously as a new populist force in the Republican Party who could at any moment “break out” to appeal to lower-income voters.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Confederate Flag Takes Center Stage Once Again  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Republican presidential candidates on Thursday moved to appeal to different types of conservative voters before the South Carolina primary, with Mike Huckabee using colorful language to declare the Confederate flag …
Ross Douthat:
The Limits of Huckabee  —  Rich Lowry's column is tough on him but largely fair, I think.
Discussion: Eunomia and Crunchy Con
San Francisco Chronicle:
Mauling survivor said he yelled at tiger  —  (01-17) 18:05 PST SAN FRANCISCO — One of the two survivors of the San Francisco Zoo tiger attack that left a 17-year-old dead told the victim's father that the three had yelled and waved at the animal while standing atop the railing of the tiger's exhibit …
Discussion: The Lede, protein wisdom and Slog
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:   Gay Tiger Attacks Huckabee
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Releases Records Re: Hillary's Health Care Reform Plan  —  Internal Memos Detail Creation of Government “Interest Group Database” to Collect Personal Data on Health Care Debate Activists  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates …
Michelle Malkin:
The Hillary health care papers
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
USA Today:
Military: 75% of Baghdad areas now secure  —  About 75% of Baghdad's neighborhoods are now secure, a dramatic increase from 8% a year ago when President Bush ordered more troops to the capital, U.S. military figures show.  —  The military classifies 356 of Baghdad's 474 neighborhoods in the …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Callous Conservative  —  After watching Fred Thompson debate his Republican rivals, I have often wondered why he is not in the top tier of candidates.  He seems to have John McCain's honesty, without his razor-sharp edges, and Mitt Romney's conservatism, without his jaw-dropping inconsistencies.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Southern Blacks Are Split on Clinton vs. Obama  —  ATLANTA — The People's Voice African-American Weekly News in tiny Roanoke, Ala., has not endorsed a candidate in the state's Democratic presidential primary on Feb. 5 — much to the frustration of its publisher, Charlotte A. Clark-Frieson, a Barack Obama supporter.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Debuts New Act in Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - The White House campaign has brought a new act to Vegas.  Barack Obama has stepped up his campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he's trying to use humor to bring her down before this weekend's Democratic presidential caucus.
Discussion: The New Republic
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Chris Matthews Backs Off ‘Nasty’ Remark on Clinton  —  Under pressure from feminist groups and his own bosses at MSNBC, Chris Matthews apologized yesterday for remarks about Hillary Clinton that he now admits sounded “nasty."  —  For 10 days, the “Hardball” host had doggedly insisted …
Matthew Yglesias:
Placing the Candidates  —  Interesting chart from the Pew Center.  One piece of bad news for liberals is that it seems that the self-assessed ideology of the American people is still somewhat right of center.  It's also funny how unhinged Republicans' views of Hillary Clinton are.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Weekly Standard:
Misjudging McCain  —  He was right about the nuclear option.  —  JOHN MCCAIN HAS COME UNDER HEAVY FIRE from conservatives critical of his alleged apostasies.  To be sure, several of his stances—on tax cuts, illegal immigration, campaign-finance reform—stand at odds with the current mainstream of American conservatism.
Discussion: The Corner and TownHall Blog
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
McCain hit by Hammer on the Hill  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) lambasted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday for “betraying” the conservative movement.  —  During a private luncheon with Republican chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill, DeLay — who has criticized McCain for years …
New York Post:
THE NEW ‘LEPERS’  —  THE TIMES' TROUBLE WITH VETS  —  I'VE had a huge response to Tuesday's column about The New York Times' obscene bid to smear veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as mad killers.  Countless readers seem to be wondering: Why did the paper do it?
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Discussion: Slog
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The New Republic:
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Satyam / Think Progress:
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Discussion: Boston Globe and News Hounds
Steyn Online:
Agent provocateur  —  At his website today, Werner Patels refers …
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Christopher Hitchens / Wall Street Journal:
The Perils of Identity Politics
Gudjon Helgason / Associated Press:
Chess master Bobby Fischer dies at 64
Washington Post:
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