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3:31 AM ET, January 18, 2008


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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney clashes with reporter  —  Mitt Romney scolded a veteran campaign reporter in South Carolina today after being challenged on claims about lobbyists' involvement in the campaign.  —  Holding a news conference in front of the pen rack of a Columbia Staples store, Romney wanted to tout his “strategy for a stronger economy.”
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) …
Jim Axelrod / CBS News:   Gloves, Temporarily Back On, Are Off Again
Reno Gazette-Journal# New Hampshire Newspapers:
Obama embodies party's vision  —  Nevada Democrats should caucus for Barack Obama, the freshman U.S. senator from Illinois, to represent them as the party's nominee to run for president of the United States.  He has the personal characteristics and political instincts expected of the person who leads this nation.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee Directly Equates Homosexuality With Bestiality
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The RBC
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Bill Clinton, Stumping and Simmering  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton may be the spouse running for office, but it is more Bill Clinton who appears to be feeling the heat.  —  After weeks of complaining publicly about Barack Obama's record, the news media's coverage of the Democratic presidential race …
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 …
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 …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Washington group wants Ralph Reed dumped as CNN election-night analyst
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 …
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: normblog and
David Limbaugh:
New Column: Answering Fred's Call  —  Commentators are citing the unpredictability of the Republican primary contests as proof that Reagan conservatism is dead when precisely the opposite conclusion is warranted.  —  The main reason the conventional wisdom is being shattered in the primaries …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Erin Emery / Denver Post:
Ailing GIs deployed to war zones  —  Ft. Carson sent ailing GIs to meet deployment goals, notes say  —  Master Sgt. Denny Nelson, standing on crutches outside Fort Carson next to a tank on display, is a 19-year Army vet.  (Glenn Asakawa, The Denver Post)  —  COLORADO SPRINGS …
Discussion: Wonkette
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