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9:20 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
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton plan: Let Bill lash out  —  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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Remarks on Reagan Live On  —  In one of their starkest differences in Monday's debate, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said that Senator Barack Obama had talked about “admiring Ronald Reagan” and that Mr. Obama “said in the last week that he really liked the ideas of the Republicans over the last 10 …
CNN:
Part 1 of CNN Democratic presidential debate  —  Editor's note: This is part one of the transcript for the Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute on January 21, 2008.  Click here to connect to part two or part three.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
INITIAL POST-DEBATE TAKE...OBAMA IS THE FOCUS
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Voters Revolt  —  The Reagan administration had its pragmatists and its so-called ideologues.  It had James Baker as well as Ed Meese.  Reagan carried moderate states like Connecticut, Wisconsin and Washington, as well as conservative ones like Wyoming and South Carolina.
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Crunch Time for McCain  —  John McCain is feared by Democrats and liked by independents.  That, paradoxically, is why he may yet be rejected by Republicans, even though he has bent over backward to satisfy conservative demands.  —  McCain exorcised the ghosts of South Carolina on Saturday …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Huckabee trims costs, press travel
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New York Republican Presidential Primary
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Don Surber
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.
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Pre-emptive nuclear strike ‘an option’  —  The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in South Carolina  —  DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE SPONSORED BY CNN AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ON JANUARY 21, 2008.  SPEAKERS: SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D-N.Y., FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS, D-N.C., SEN. BARACK OBAMA …
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
McCain's Straight Talk For Florida: There Are Some Homes That Won't Be Coming Back  —  Taking a page from his Michigan strategy, John McCain lets Florida homeowners know he won't be there for them the next time an Andrew comes ashore: … UPDATE:  —  Politico's Jonathan Martin adds on the insurance issue:
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   McCain Woos Cuban Vote
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Attorneys probe deepens  —  The federal investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys could jolt the political landscape ahead of the November elections, according to several people close to the inquiry.  —  Washington's attention has been diverted from the scandal since …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Balkinization
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Take Charge, Central Bankers  —  There's a global stock market tsunami gathering force.  It may hit U.S. shores very hard this morning.  —  Much of this is panic over a U.S. recession threat that has yet to clearly materialize.  The world sell-off also vastly overestimates loan …
New York Times:
In Matters Big and Small, Crossing Giuliani Had Price  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani likens himself to a boxer who never takes a punch without swinging back.  As mayor, he made the vengeful roundhouse an instrument of government, clipping anyone who crossed him.  —  In August 1997, James Schillaci …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Earmarks Seen Likely to Continue  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush is unlikely to defy Congress on spending billions of dollars earmarked for pet projects, but he will probably insist that lawmakers provide more justification for such earmarks in the future, administration officials said Monday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some fact-checking: GOP ideas, Rezko, boons  —  There's going to be a lot of it going on tonight — I'm looking forward to broad swathes of inside pages in the morning — but here are some that my colleague Avi Zenilman and I have been able to kick up.  —  First, what did Obama say about Reagan and the Republicans?
 
 
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Al Giordano / The Field:
Nevada: What Really Happened at the At-Large Caucuses?
Discussion: MyDD and James Wolcott's Blog
Bob / BobKrumm.com:
What might have been . . . and what was  —  SEE BELOW UPDATE …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Wolfson: ‘The Agreement Is Off’
The Plank:
Electability!  —  In the Washington Post yesterday …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEBATE BLOGGIN'  —  8:23 Economy, economy, e-c-o-n-o-m-y ...
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Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Despite Blog Support, Flake Bid a Long-shot
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Michelle Malkin:
SC Democrat debate: Punch, Judy, and Silky; Update: Squabbling …