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12:15 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.
New York Times:
Issues Take Back Seat at Debate as Obama and Clinton Tangle  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Standing only a few paces apart, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama brought a long-simmering feud into close range at a combative debate here on Monday.  —  In the most intense and personal exchange …
Discussion: The Fix, The Politico and Spin Cycle
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?
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live From South Carolina, the Democratic Debate
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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 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.
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.
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 …
Schneider: About that poll Edwards keeps referencing  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - John Edwards just referenced a CNN poll that showed him the most competitive against John McCain in a general election match up, and he also highlights that in an ad running here.
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Live-Blogging from Democratic Debate by Rick Klein
Discussion: Fact Check
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
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 …
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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Marc Ambinder:
Fertile In Myrtle  —  Clinton and Obama, two heavyweight boxers …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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Discussion: TownHall Blog
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Discussion: Marist Poll
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran's supreme leader rebuffs Ahmadinejad
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New National Obama Ad: “Inspiring”
Discussion: Corrente
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Emptywheel, Wonkette and CANNONFIRE
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Fred Thompson Loss Ends Republican Party