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11:50 PM ET, January 21, 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 trade shots in 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.
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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama Clash at Debate  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A simmering feud between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama erupted into charges of distortion and exaggeration in a gloves- off presidential debate Monday, with Clinton accusing him of representing a Chicago slumlord …
Discussion: Power Line
Leroy Chapman Jr / The State:
Obama: Is national media correcting inaccuracies?
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Obama calls Bill Clinton untruthful
New York Times:   Issues Take Back Seat at Debate as Obama and Clinton Tangle
Black leader to Bill Clinton: ‘Chill’ on Obama
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rep. Joe Wilson to endorse McCain
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
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
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
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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
Schneider: About that poll Edwards keeps referencing
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
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Sympathizers seek answers from al-Qaida
Discussion: Op For
Digby / Hullabaloo:
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The Daily Princetonian:
Profs. vote for Obama with wallets
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Hillary Leaving South Carolina to Bill and Chelsea [updated]
The Raw Story:
New report shows archives gone on several key days in Plame investigation
Discussion: Emptywheel, Wonkette and CANNONFIRE
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Barack Obama: “Committed Christian — Called to Bring Change”
Nader to decide soon on possible presidential run
Discussion: The Reaction and TPMCafe blogs
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Highly Skilled And Out Of Work