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9:25 PM ET, January 22, 2008

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Associated Press:
Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race  —  NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.  —  “Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States.
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Marc Ambinder:
Thompson Decides To Drop Out  —  Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson has told several Republicans that he has decided to drop out of the presidential race and will make public his intentions by close of business.  —  Thompson does not plan to endorse any rivals for now, even though one of his best friends is Sen. John McCain.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
With Thompson Out, Who Benefits Most?  —  The decision by former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson to end his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination removes a conservative voice from the field even as the remaining Republican candidates crisscross Florida in search of votes in advance of the state's Jan. 29 primary.
Discussion: Time, Eunomia and The Reaction
Carl Cameron / Cameron's Corner:
Now it can be told- The Thompson story  —  Back in March of 07 at the CPAC convention in DC several former Fred Thompson Congressional staffers told me Fred Thompson was thinking about a run.  Some of his Tennessee cronies had been talking him up too.  —  I reported first that he was eyeing a White House bid.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
D'AMATO DUMPS FRED FOR MCCAIN
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28  —  The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York City police.  Signs pointed to a suicide or an accidental overdose, police sources said.  Mr. Ledger was 28.
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CNN:
Actor Heath Ledger dies at 28  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.  —  The Academy Award nominated actor was 28.  —  “Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed,” police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gov. Blunt won't seek second term  —  Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican, just announced that he's not running for re-election this fall.  —  In a statement that shocked political leaders, in both parties, Blunt released a TV address “announcing that having achieved virtually everything …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt Won't Seek 2nd Term
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
The State:
Obama most likely Democrat to unify America  —  THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY in South Carolina this year offers voters an unusual choice.  Earlier votes have winnowed out the most experienced candidates, leaving a field with fewer accomplishments and differences on policy, but including two candidates …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA vs. CLINTON....AGAIN....It's possible — likely, even — that everyone is tired of conversations about whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would be more effective if they win the presidency.  That's doubly true since it's essentially unknowable at this point.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Clinton's Key Strength
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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.
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Bill Schneider's take on last night's Democratic debate:
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.
Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative:
Found in Translation  —  FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets.  —  Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will.  The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's highest levels …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Will the Democratic presidential candidates adhere to their rhetoric?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Time's Massimo Calabresi predicts the likely outcome of the imminent FISA and telecom immunity fight, to begin this week or next: … Here we have a perfect expression …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Senator Edwards, We Need You To Lead
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
What's Gotten Into Bill?  —  Six months ago, Bill Clinton seemed to be settling comfortably into roles befitting a silver-maned former president: statesman, philanthropist, philosopher-king.  Now he has put all that high-mindedness on hold — maybe it was never such a great fit, after all …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Voters Not Clamoring for Third-Party Candidacy This Year  —  Americans seem satisfied with current crop of presidential candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to mull over the possibility of running for president as an independent candidate, much as fellow billionaire Ross Perot did in 1992.
stephenbainbridge.com:
Dow Plunges then Recovers; Fed Lowers Rates; The Case Against Fiscal Stimulus  —  Today, as expected after the foreign markets plunged over the MLK holiday, the Dow started off by plunging almost 500 points (just about what the prediction markets expected, btw).  But then it gained most of it back:
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Fred Exits  —  He's a good and talented man, but I'm still mystified at why he got into the race in the first place.  For the most part, he was a very unhappy warrior out on the campaign trail and seemed to have little appetite for the normal give and take and indignities of campaigning.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Hillary Hater is DIY Robo Caller?  —  More about those calls.  I spoke to Robert Morrow by phone just now, and he confirmed to me that he'd been making automated phone calls into South Carolina.  “Absolutely,” he said.  But when I asked how many South Carolinians he'd called, he wouldn't say.
Michelle Malkin:
Mystery in Brooklyn: Bomb factory at Columbia University professor's home  —  The NY Daily News reports today on a disturbing discovery at a Columbia University instructor's home: … Clatts cannot be located.  Who is he? … The NYTimes reports on a bizarre twist in the case …
 
 
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