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12:05 PM ET, January 19, 2008


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Jessica Van Sack / Boston Herald:
More than a dozen lobbyists working to raise money for Romney … Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, who has cast himself as a Washington outsider and blasted his opponents' ties to lobbyists, has more than a dozen federally registered lobbyists raising money for him and several others advising his campaign, records show.
Mike Huckabee / CNN:
Pro-Confederate flag ads praise Huckabee, bash Romney, McCain  —  (CNN) - An independent group that supports the public display of the Confederate flag is running ads in South Carolina through Saturday's Republican primary that praise Mike Huckabee for his stand on the issue and attack …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
GOP Race Is Close in S.C.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 18 — Sen. John McCain and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee dueled on the final day of campaigning before Saturday's South Carolina presidential primary, with each of the front-runners seeking to avoid a costly defeat that could set back his hopes of winning the Republi...
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Will Glen Johnson Get The Last Laugh?
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   More Than A Dozen Lobbyists Closely Associated With Mitt Romney Campaign
Michelle Malkin:
Hillary: She was for Reagan before she was against him...and so was John Edwards  —  Barack Obama is getting slammed by both Clintons for positive comments he made about Ronald Reagan and the GOP.  Hill chastised Obama for saying “that he thought the Republicans had better ideas than Democrats the last 10 to 15 years.”
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards, Clinton Critical of Obama's Praise for GOP And Reagan  —  RENO, NEV. — John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama's praise of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan - an anathema for many Democrats, particularly union members considered crucial to winning Nevada's Democratic caucuses Saturday.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Waiting for Reagan  —  You fight an election with the politicians you have.  —  Conservative editorialists, radio hosts, and bloggers are unhappy.  They don't like the Republican presidential field, and many of them have been heaping opprobrium on the various GOP candidates with astonishing vigor.
Discussion: Power Line and Times of London
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Polls: - Dead Heat for GOP in South Carolina!  - Clinton Holds Lead in Nevada  —  • Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Polls:  — Dead Heat for GOP in South Carolina!  — Clinton Holds Lead in Nevada...  [ read on ] (1/19/08)  —  Zogby News Releases  —  Zogby News RSS Feed
Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Best.  Campaign.  Question.  Ever.  —  CLEMSON, S.C.—Imagine a wiry little man with a flop of gray hair.  He's wearing a brown leather bomber jacket.  Medium build.  Every word he says, he shouts.  Like he's half deaf.  Sounds like an irate hillbilly, even if he's not.  (He could be.)
Byron York / National Review:
At the Last Minute, Thompson Shines
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
An Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories  —  A PRECIOUS COMMODITY In Mumbai, Rajkanya Kawle, 11, held palm oil for her family's dinner.  The 250 milliliters of oil cost 16 rupees, about 41 cents.  More Photos >  —  KUANTAN, Malaysia — Rising prices for cooking oil are forcing residents …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Yuras Karmanau / Associated Press:
Belarus editor jailed for Islam cartoon  —  MINSK, Belarus - A Belarus court sentenced a newspaper editor Friday to three years in prison for reprinting a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked worldwide riots when it was initially published in a Danish newspaper.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
‘Preacher’ Huckabee says Confederate flag opponents can shove flag pole up their ass  —  Does Huckabee pray to Jesus with that mouth?  So much for our Christ-invoking preacher.  Now he's suggesting that civil rights advocates shove flag poles up their ass.
Discussion: My Two Sense and Slog
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee's White Supremacist Links
Weekly Standard:
Conservative Populism  —  Rightly understood.  —  Anxious lower middle class families are shaping up to be the crucial political constituency of this year's election.  Polls show that financial security is their biggest concern.  They worry about health and education costs, about retirement …
Discussion: The Corner
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Lawyer Reveals Secret, Toppling Death Sentence  —  Daryl R. Atkins, third from left, in 2005.  His case led to a decision barring execution of the mentally retarded.  Thursday, his sentence was commuted to life based on prosecutorial misconduct.  —  For 10 years, Leslie P. Smith …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Roddie A. Burris / The State:
Wintry weather adds wrinkle at 11th hour  —  Independents' impact also key  —  Months of heated campaigning in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary simmer down to today's vote.  —  Some experts predict fewer voters will cast ballots today than in years past.
Lawmaker mistakes Bernanke for Paulson at hearing  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur came to a House committee hearing on Thursday prepared to ask U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson tough questions about his involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis.
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and QandO
Wall Street Journal:
No Stimulus Gimmicks, Please
Discussion: Redstate
Robert Schroeder / MarketWatch:
Bush calls for ‘direct and rapid’ stimulus
Dan Savage / Slog:
OMG: A Reporter Not a Stenographer!  —  Romney lies and a reporter busts him—in real time, on camera.  Romney says his campaign isn't run by lobbyists, and he doesn't have lobbyists “tied to” his campaign.  Watch this:  —  The reporter sitting on the floor putting actual, tough …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Balloon Juice
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney gets testy over issue of lobbyists in his campaign
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USA Today:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama spar over disorganization
Discussion: The Swamp
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