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10:10 AM ET, January 18, 2008


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and MyDD
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
South Carolina And The Flag  —  I guess the New York Times' coverage of the Confederate flag issue in the presidential race means we're back to discussing the issues, right?  The Republicans have once again fallen into the trap of talking about the use of the Civil War flag in a presidential campaign …
Discussion: The Caucus and
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
McCain Defends Stance On Confederate Flag In S.C.  —  John McCain's losing 2000 campaign in South Carolina continues to follow him as he travels the state this time around.  —  At multiple events today in the state, protesters waved Confederate flags and passed out flyers as the candidate's bus arrived …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Page
Serafin Gomez / FOX Embeds:
Huckabee on SC Flag: In Ark, We'd Tell'em Where to Put the Pole
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The martyrdom of John McCain
Discussion: MSNBC and New York Post
Bloomberg:   Atwater's ‘Understudies’ Carry On Bare-Knuckle Political Legacy
Candy Crowley / CNN:
Clintons play ‘good cop/bad cop’ on campaign trail  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) — While Sen. Hillary Clinton is trying to soften her image on the campaign, she is allowing her pit bull — Bill Clinton — to go on the attack.  —  In a version of “good cop/bad cop” the couple has gone …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bill Clinton: Serious Distraction To Hillary Clinton's Campaign?
Discussion: Kiko's House
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.
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?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Matthew Yglesias:
Are We In a Recession?  —  Brad DeLong tries to assess the situation.  One thing that doesn't get talked about enough is that people in Washington are pretty out of touch with the basic economic picture in the United States.  Not in the usual, pat, pseudo-populist “oh you're out of touch” …
Discussion: Eschaton
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:   Are We in a Recession? What Will It Look Like If We Have One?
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 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and AMERICAblog
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 …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed Chief's Reassurance Fails to Halt Stock Plunge  —  WASHINGTON — The stock market plunged again on Thursday on bad economic news, taking little comfort from reassuring words by the chairman of the Federal Reserve or an emerging consensus about a stimulus plan that many worry could be too late.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Huge New Diebold Disparities Found in Manchester, Ward 5 During NH Hand Counts  —  Scores of Votes Mistallied for Every Democratic Candidate...  As mentioned last night, in this disturbing article, the early results of the hand counts of one Diebold precinct in Dennis Kucinich's election contest …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Reagan Advisers See A Bit Of Their Former Boss In Obama  —  Barack Obama found himself under fire on Thursday for having compared his candidacy to Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential run.  —  “I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure,” he told the Reno Journal Gazette editorial board earlier this week.
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Happy Birthday, Monicagate!  —  AN ANNIVERSARY WE'D ALL RATHER FORGET.  —  The press loves anniversaries of big public events because they're predictable, a quality seldom found in the news.  Coverage can be planned in advance.  Stories can be written, laid out, and put to bed without …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Lewinsky Decade  —  Sometime in 1997, a friend signed us …
Discussion: QandO
David Brooks / New York Times:
How Voters Think  —  People in my line of work try to answer certain questions.  Why did Hillary surge after misting up in New Hampshire?  Why have primary victories produced no momentum for the victors?  Why did John McCain win among Republicans who oppose the Iraq war in both New Hampshire and Michigan …
Discussion: New York Magazine, TIME and EconLog
Washington Post:
White House Study Found 473 Days of E-Mail Gone  —  The White House possesses no archived e-mail messages for many of its component offices, including the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President, for hundreds of days between 2003 and 2005, according to the summary …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The First Look At Hillary Documents (Update & Bump)
Discussion: QandO
New York Post:
HE'S A NEW JEW  —  CNN's chief national correspondent …
Washington Post:
Federalism, Not Partition  —  A System Devolving Power …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Southern Blacks Are Split on Clinton vs. Obama
Discussion: Truthdig
Olivier Guitta / Asia Times:
Europe faces up to Iranian threat
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and GINA COBB
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Labor Makes Big Comeback In '08 Races
Christopher Hitchens / Wall Street Journal:
The Perils of Identity Politics
Gudjon Helgason / Associated Press:
Chess master Bobby Fischer dies at 64
 Earlier Items: 
Valerie J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Richard Knerr, 82; co-founded Wham-O, maker of the Hula Hoop and Frisbee
Discussion: Boing Boing
MBIA, Ambac Bond Default Risk Exceeds 70%, Swaps Show
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Lawmaker Tells Court FBI Agents Bullied Him
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
When governments print money, buy gold
Will / Attytood:
Thank God the AP is ready for the biggest story of our lifetime
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
Discussion: Slog and Commentary
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Secret Service: Detailed Look at '06 Turmoil
David Limbaugh:
New Column: Answering Fred's Call
Discussion: Stop The ACLU