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11:00 AM ET, January 22, 2008


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John Edwards / CNN:
Clinton, Edwards hold private post-debate meeting  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — What were they talking about?  —  Hillary Clinton and John Edwards met privately backstage following a very contentious Democratic presidential debate in this coastal city, sources with both campaigns confirm to CNN.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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
Analysis: Sparks fly in heated debate  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — The gloves came off quickly Monday night as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama traded blows just days before the South Carolina primary, and two weeks before voters in 24 Super Tuesday states weigh in on this wide-open presidential contest.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Remarks on Reagan Live On
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton plan: Let Bill lash out
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Candidates Face Big Primaries With Smaller War Chests
Discussion: MSNBC
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
What's Gotten Into Bill?
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee has decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate 75 basis points to 3-1/2 percent.  —  The Committee took this action in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth.
New York Times:
Fed Makes Emergency 0.75% Rate Cut  —  The Federal Reserve, responding to an international stock sell-off and the likelihood of a sharp drop in America on Tuesday morning, cut its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point.  —  The Federal Open Market Committee lowered …
New York Times:
Fed Cuts Rate 0.75% but Dow Drops  —  The Federal Reserve, responding to an international stock sell-off and fears about a possible United States recession, cut its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Tuesday.  —  The Federal Open Market Committee lowered …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Voters Revolt  —  The Reagan administration had its pragmatists and its so-called ideologues.  It had James Baker as well as Ed Meese.  Reagan carried moderate states like Connecticut, Wisconsin and Washington, as well as conservative ones like Wyoming and South Carolina.
Matthew Yglesias:
Someone Didn't Get The Word  —  Fareed Zakaria: … Ah, those sad, sad, Democrats.  So unaware that the war's over.  The dude who killed at least fourteen and wounded seventeen in Tikrit must, like the Democrats, have been wearing partisan blinders when he failed to acknowledge the surge's success in bringing the war to an end.
Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Hopes for Vehicle Questioned After Iraq Blast  —  ARAB JABOUR, Iraq — From the blast and the high, thin plume of white smoke above the tree line, it looked and sounded like any other attack.  The bare details were, sadly, routine enough: a gunner was killed and three crew members …
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Pre-emptive nuclear strike ‘an option’  —  The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Attorneys probe deepens  —  The federal investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys could jolt the political landscape ahead of the November elections, according to several people close to the inquiry.  —  Washington's attention has been diverted from the scandal since …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Take Charge, Central Bankers  —  There's a global stock market tsunami gathering force.  It may hit U.S. shores very hard this morning.  —  Much of this is panic over a U.S. recession threat that has yet to clearly materialize.  The world sell-off also vastly overestimates loan …
Discussion: Biased BBC
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.
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
Huckabee Broke  —  Less than a month after a huge upset victory …
Gateway Pundit:
Miss Utah “GI Jill” Stevens Needs Your Help
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Tax cuts are the best stimulus
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Times:
Weapons Trove Suspect Is Linked to Hate Crimes
Discussion: and unfutz
Confederate Yankee:
Scott Thomas Beauchamp's “Shock Troops” Statements
John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Clinton May Get Payout of $20 Million
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The knives come out in South Carolina
Discussion: QandO and Prairie Weather
Hindrocket / Power Line:
 Earlier Items: 
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Romney Waxes Lyrical at a Holiday Parade in Florida
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Earmarks Likely to Continue, but With Details
Fox News:
Iran Warns Netherlands Not to Air Controversial ‘Anti-Muslim’ Film
Al Giordano / The Field:
Nevada: What Really Happened at the At-Large Caucuses?
Discussion: MyDD and James Wolcott's Blog
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in South Carolina
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some fact-checking: GOP ideas, Rezko, boons
CNN readers respond angrily to ‘race or gender’ story