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2:00 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:
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 Fix, The Politico and Spin Cycle
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
INITIAL POST-DEBATE TAKE...OBAMA IS THE FOCUS  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  This was easily the most heated debate to date.  The candidates, particularly Obama and Clinton were, well, angry and it got personal.  Obama, in particular, seemed to have a lot he wanted to get off his chest.
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.
Shushannah Walshe / FOX Embeds:
Romney: Who Let the Dogs Out?  —  Governor Romney paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. when speaking to a group of employees at Gate Petroleum today and then shook hands and posed for photos with African-American families at a parade.  —  The presidential hopeful met a friendly crowd at the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade here.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Martin Luther King III to John Edwards: I challenge all candidates …
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Perlstein'S Greatest Hits (6): Conservatives And Martin Luther King
Discussion: White House and The Swamp
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.
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.
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 …
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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Discussion: Corrente
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Discussion: News Hounds
The Daily Princetonian:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Raw Story:
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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