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12:50 PM ET, January 21, 2008


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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
GOP Field Readies for True Test In Florida  —  The Top Candidates Finally Go All-Out In a Closed Primary  —  Riding the momentum from his weekend victory in South Carolina, John McCain turned his attention Sunday to Florida and the high-stakes primary there that will test whether …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Base Runner  —  Huckabee tries but fails to win the votes of non-evangelicals.  —  Mike Huckabee tried his best to expand beyond his evangelical base in South Carolina and appeal to what his campaign called “Joe Six Pack” voters.  Mr. Huckabee was the only candidate to pander to devotees …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Accessibility Opens Doors For McCain  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. — As the JetBlue charter from Michigan touched down in South Carolina, I strolled up to John McCain's front-row seat — none of his aides batted an eye — and asked if he would continue to chat with reporters around the clock if he won the Republican nomination.
Discussion: D-Day and TPM Election Central
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.
The Corner:   The Weak Frontrunner  —  I still believe that McCain …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama faces off against both Clintons  —  ATLANTA - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama launched Sunday what his top aides described as a more aggressive bid to challenge “unbelievable falsehoods” pressed last week in Nevada by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
It's On!  (UPDATED: Video)  —  Other that the Kenya post—set last night to automatically post early this morning—I wasn't going to post today.  However, this is bit of politicking is too delicious not to comment upon.  In an interview that will run on ABC's “Good Morning America” …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Debunking the Reagan Myth  —  Historical narratives matter.  That's why conservatives are still writing books denouncing F.D.R. and the New Deal; they understand that the way Americans perceive bygone eras, even eras from the seemingly distant past, affects politics today.
Rudy Falls Behind McCain; Hillary Still Has 2-to-1 Lead  —  Spitzer Favorable Rating Edges Positive; Sees Gain in Job Performance  —  Voters Overwhelmingly Support Property Tax Cap and S-CHIP Expansion;  —  Also Support Higher Education Endowment with Lottery Sale or Lease
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Poll: Giuliani Loses Lead In New York
Confederate Yankee:
The Scott Thomas Beauchamp “ Shock Troops” Military Investigation, Statements 13-24  —  Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Frontline Blogger Covers War in Iraq With a Soldier's Eyes  —  Michael Yon was not a journalist, and he wasn't sure what a blogger was.  He had been in uniform but not in combat, and he wanted to keep it that way.  He went to Iraq thinking he would stay for a month, and maybe find a way to write about the war after he got home.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Republicans Closing The Congressional Gap  —  After a disastrous 2006 election, Republicans lost control of Congress for the first time in twelve years.  After a disastrous 2007 session, Democrats may have given Republicans a window of opportunity to take it back.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Macsmind
Rasmussen Reports:   Generic Congressional Ballot
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  We spent a good deal of time in the 2006 elections tracking the activity of third party groups on the right, groups with anonymous names like the Economic Freedom Fund.  Funded by the most part by millionaire home-builder (and former Swift Boat patron) Bob Perry …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Blackwater and the Administration of Justice
Deepti Hajela / Associated Press:
Popular view of King ignores complexity
Associated Press:
Saudi women can now stay in hotels alone
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
The Bashman / Pat Dollard:
Widow Of Bronze Star Iraq War Hero Scammed Out Of $57,000
Ron Paul 2008:
Message from Ron  —  What a shot in the arm the Nevada caucuses were …
Discussion: You Decide 08!
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Movement Gets a Youthful Infusion
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Hillary Papers Get Ignored By The Media
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Steve Goldstein / MarketWatch:
U.S. stock futures point to major decline on re-open
Thor Halvorssen / Pajamas Media:
Discussion: Redstate and Publius Pundit
Ezra Levant / Globe and Mail:
What a strange place Canada is
Discussion: The Corner
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Show About Nothing Attacked for Failing to Address Geopolitical Issues
Discussion: five feet of fury.
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Bush officials narrow foreign horizons
William Kristol / New York Times:
Thoroughly Unmodern McCain
New York Times:
Pentagon Weighs Top Iraq General as Chief of NATO