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4:50 PM ET, January 21, 2008


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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.
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 …
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.
The Campaign Spot:
Weird Florida Polls
Discussion: protein wisdom and Ground Game
The Corner:
Spoilers for McCain
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Lit In South Carolina Proclaims His Committed Christianity
Discussion: Slog
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Big Win
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Adviser Wolfson: Obama's Claim That Bill Is Fibbing Is A “Right Wing Talking Point”  —  This is getting interesting.  In an interview with me a couple of minutes ago, senior Hillary adviser Howard Wolfson claimed that Obama's assertion this morning that Bill Clinton is fibbing about his campaign is a “right wing talking point.”
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.
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Campaigning for Wife, Bill Clinton Walks Fine Line
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani's precipitous fall
Discussion: Reuters and The Page
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 …
Discussion: QandO
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama v. Krugman Round A Million  —  I think this is getting a bit silly.  In his column, Paul Krugman seems to suggest that the main reason the Clinton administration failed to bring about major progressive change in the 1990s is that they didn't talk enough smack about Ronald Reagan.
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:
WHAT THE GROWN-UPS SAY  —  Seriously, why should John Edwards drop out of the race?  I think his chances of winning the nomination at this point are quite slim.  And I could understand if he wanted to drop out.  But is there some reason he should?  Is he under some obligation?
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Obama Addresses Homophobia, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia Among Black Americans  —  In a speech today at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.served as pastor, Barack Obama talked about the existence of institutional racism, the sensationalizing of race “by the media” …
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.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Highly Skilled And Out Of Work  —  Long-Term Joblessness Spreads in Middle Class  —  An unusually large share of workers have been out a job for more than six months even as overall unemployment has remained low, a little-noted weakness in the labor market that analysts said threatens …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and PoliGazette
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Orlando Sentinel:
McCain, Clinton, Obama pick up endorsements from Florida newspapers
Discussion: Hot Air
The Raw Story:
New report shows archives gone on several key days in Plame investigation
Discussion: Think Progress and Emptywheel
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Gender or race: Black women voters face tough choices in S.C.
Nader to decide soon on possible presidential run
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Richard C. Paddock / Los Angeles Times:
Shut out by GOP, independents may tilt Democratic
Gerald Augustinus / The Cafeteria Is Closed:
The face of the pro-life movement
Discussion: The Corner
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
Islamofascism's ill political wind
Discussion: TIME
The Atlantic Online:
Billary Is Back  —  Readers may have noticed that I have found myself slipping.
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John Burgess / Crossroads Arabia:
Saudi Women Gain Permission to Drive
The Corner:
Veeps — the Horror  —  Jonah — I have never voted for a Democrat in my life.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Fred Thompson Loss Ends Republican Party
Little Green Footballs:
Jawa Report Now Under Attack by BNP Wackos
The Bashman / Pat Dollard:
Widow Of Bronze Star Iraq War Hero Scammed Out Of $57,000
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Hillary Papers Get Ignored By The Media
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Frontline Blogger Covers War in Iraq With a Soldier's Eyes