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9:45 PM ET, January 21, 2008


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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton jabs playing well with voters  —  So maybe Bill Clinton isn't quite so far off-message as we had assumed.  —  After two weeks of reports on the former president's temper, the former first lady's supposed inability to keep him on script, and the ostensibly dire impact on his legacy …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta mayor takes political shot at Bill Clinton  —  During the MLK service, Franklin addresses Clinton's reference to Barack Obama's rise as a 'fairy tale'  —  With former President Bill Clinton standing not 20 feet in front of her, Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin took what appeared …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Obama calls Bill Clinton untruthful  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama challenged Bill Clinton's truthfulness Monday in a deepening feud with the husband of Obama's Democratic presidential rival.  —  Obama's rebuke of the former president, who is still extremely popular with Democrats …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Adviser Wolfson: Obama's Claim That Bill Is Fibbing Is A “Right Wing Talking Point”  —  This is getting interesting.  In an interview with me a couple of minutes ago, senior Hillary adviser Howard Wolfson claimed that Obama's assertion this morning that Bill Clinton is fibbing about his campaign is a “right wing talking point.”
Leroy Chapman Jr / The State:
Obama: Is national media correcting inaccuracies?
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Clinton, Government as Economic Prod
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee: McCain-lover, Mitt-killer  —  COLUMBIA, S.C.—For people reading between the lines, Mike Huckabee's concession speech here Saturday night dropped some enticing hints that his presidential campaign now has an agenda other than getting elected president.  —  Huckabee's new role: Mitt-killer.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Barack Obama: “Committed Christian — Called to Bring Change”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Mike Huckabee has been widely criticized for his overt religious appeals to win votes.  One of the most criticized aspects of his campaign was a television ad he ran in Iowa …
New York Post:
BILL HAS A ‘DREAM’  —  EX PREZ NODS OFF DURING MLK AWARD PRESENTATION  —  Bill Clinton showed yesterday why he made it into the book “The Art of Napping."  —  During an appearance at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, the former president was caught nodding off.
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
“Who Let The Dogs Out?"  Mitt Romney Wants To Know  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — Mitt Romney was greeted warmly by a largely African-American crowd at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade in Jacksonville.  He shook hands with several dozen parade-goers and even hugged a few of them.
Scarlett Johansson boosts morale in Kuwait  —  If anyone has wondered what can make a battle hardened Marine act like a love-struck high-schooler, the answer is simple—a meet and greet with Scarlett Johansson.  —  The 23-year-old bombshell met with nearly 600 service members at Camp Buehring …
New York Times:
Stocks Plunge in Europe and Asia on U.S. Recession Fear  —  PARIS — Global stock markets plunged on Monday as fears spread that the turmoil in United States mortgage markets is spreading.  Indexes in Europe fell as much as 7 percent after a huge selloff in Asia.
Toby Anderson / Associated Press:
Stock Markets Plunge Worldwide
Discussion: Attytood and AMERICAblog
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Gender or race: Black women voters face tough choices in S.C.  —  CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) — At Anjay's Salon in Charleston, the only thing louder than the hair dryer is the chorus of political opinions.  —  On this day, owner Angela Jackson is outnumbered.
CNN readers respond angrily to ‘race or gender’ story
Discussion: Althouse
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Fred Thompson Loss Ends Republican Party  —  Steve Bainbridge is preparing to sit out the 2008 election rather than vote for anyone but Fred Thompson. … If only Fred Thompson were a better candidate, the party and the Republic could have survived.  Pity.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   A Georgia organizer for Thompson shifts to Romney
U.S. stock futures point to major decline on reopen  —  Markets in Europe end day in bear-market territory  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — If futures contracts traded on a day when U.S. stocks weren't even due to open are anything near accurate, then markets will be in for a major decline on Tuesday …
Discussion: News Hounds
The Politico:
The Clinton-Obama exchange  —  CNN is providing transcript, and the full transcript of their first exchange is after the jump.  —  It began with this line from Obama, on his taxing and spending plans: “What she said wasn't true."  —  MODERATOR: She says that the new programs that she proposes she essentially
Discussion: The Raw Story and Spin Cycle
Michelle Malkin:
SC Democrat debate: Punch, Judy, and Silky; Update: Squabbling, mud-slinging, the gloves are off!  —  Update 9:12pm Eastern.  Time for a commercial break and set change.  They're going to have them seated instead of standing.  It'll be a bonanza for the “body language experts.”
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sharpening Their Shivs  —  I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed this when they read it: … I know, it's great fun to think about Rahm and Teddy telling Bill to STFU.  But everybody ought to take a deep breath and remind themselves that this is also exactly the kind of thing Democrats …
Discussion: MSNBC, Say Anything and Group News Blog
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
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Discussion: Marc Ambinder
The Daily Princetonian:
Profs. vote for Obama with wallets
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
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Kenneth Chang / International Herald Tribune:
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The Raw Story:
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Discussion: Emptywheel, Wonkette and CANNONFIRE
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Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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James Carroll / Boston Globe:
Islamofascism's ill political wind
Discussion: War in Context and TIME
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Obama Addresses Homophobia, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia Among Black Americans
Confederate Yankee:
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Discussion: QandO