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1:15 AM ET, January 22, 2008


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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
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 …
Clinton-Obama barbs dominate S.C. debate  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — Discussions about proposals on the economy and health care were overshadowed by heated exchanges between rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during Monday night's Democratic debate.
Leroy Chapman Jr / The State:
Obama: Is national media correcting inaccuracies?  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said Monday one of the biggest frustrations of his presidential bid is dealing with national media that he says doesn't correct inaccuracies about his candidacy and his record.  —  Some of those, he said …
CNN readers respond angrily to ‘race or gender’ story  —  (CNN) — Within minutes of posting a story on CNN's homepage called “Gender or race: Black women voters face tough choices in South Carolina,” readers reacted quickly and angrily.  —  Many took umbrage at the story's suggestion …
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Tangle at Debate  —  In the most intense and personal exchange of the presidential campaign, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama assailed each other's integrity and voting records during a televised debate on Monday in South Carolina, the site of a critical primary in five days.
Discussion: The Politico, The Fix and Spin Cycle
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.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee: McCain-lover, Mitt-killer
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton Limits Time in SC
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Perlstein'S Greatest Hits (6): Conservatives And Martin Luther King
Discussion: White House and The Swamp
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Martin Luther King III to John Edwards: I challenge all candidates …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS  —  It's hard for me to think of much good from this debate.  If you view debates like a boxing match, I guess it was lively and perhaps entertaining, in the sense that a good boxing match can be, though the fighting was more intense than well executed.
Michelle Malkin:
SC Democrat debate: Punch, Judy, and Silky; Update: Squabbling, mud-slinging, the gloves are off!  —  Update 10:55pm Eastern.  I agree with every word of this: … As I noted below, Hillary's answer to the question about whether she wants to end the war or win it (she channeled Cindy Sheehan's …
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Live-Blogging from Democratic Debate by Rick Klein  —  10:08 pm: SO — now that was entertaining.  Fascinating that the debate in Nevada could be so dull and this one was so interesting.  Obviously, it speaks to the importance of South Carolina for all of them — but it also speaks to the raw nerves and high stakes of this campaign.
Discussion: Fact Check
CNN:   Schneider: About that poll Edwards keeps referencing
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 …
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Despite Blog Support, Flake Bid a Long-shot  —  Every so often, the liberal or conservative blogospheres will get excited and mobilized to make something happen that probably never will.  Such is the case with the growing movement to get Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake (R) onto the House Appropriations Committee.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE FED-UP FEMALE....Reader Mary S. emails to echo something that I've heard from more than a few women:
Discussion: Corrente and The Democratic Daily
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Vioxx Settlement, Testing a Legal Ideal: A Lawyer's Loyalty
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Video: Tensions Finally Boil Over Between Hillary And Obama
Marc Ambinder:
Fertile In Myrtle  —  Clinton and Obama, two heavyweight boxers …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The barbarians are in the backyard
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Zogby New York Poll: McCain Leads Rudy in Giuliani's Home State
Discussion: Marist Poll
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran's supreme leader rebuffs Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Don Surber and War in Context
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New National Obama Ad: “Inspiring”
Discussion: Corrente
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sharpening Their Shivs  —  I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed this when they read it:
U.S. stock futures point to major decline on reopen
Discussion: News Hounds
The Daily Princetonian:
Profs. vote for Obama with wallets
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Raw Story:
New report shows archives gone on several key days in Plame investigation
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Highly Skilled And Out Of Work