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3:24 AM ET, January 23, 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  —  “Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States.
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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.
Carl Cameron / Cameron's Corner:
Now it can be told- The Thompson story
Sewell Chan / City Room:
The Death of Heath Ledger  —  The actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday 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.  [Now online: Comprehensive coverage prepared for Wednesday editions of The Times.]
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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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Senator Edwards, We Need You To Lead  —  John Edwards should challenge his rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to go back to Washington, DC and fight against retroactive immunity for the telecoms.  —  The Republicans are not going to let Reid punt and extend the Protect America Act …
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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: DC Download and DownWithTyranny!
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Democrats Try to Delay Eavesdropping Vote
Discussion: The Politico
The Brody File:
Barack Obama Talks to The Brody File  —  I just finished my sit-down interview with Sen. Barack Obama here in Greenville, S.C. We talked about everything from last night's debate, his troubles with Sen. Hillary Clinton and continuing Internet rumors that he's a Muslim.
Discussion: The Plank and Spin Cycle
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: Muslim smear a “systematic political strategy”
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The blog swarm Chris Matthews never saw coming  —  “I get it."  — Chris Matthews, January 17  —  When Chris Matthews' long-winded monologue at the opening of the January 17 Hardball program eventually touched down with an apology to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Petraeus: I Need Another Six Months To Determine Whether 'We've Reached A Turning Point'  —  In the past few months, conservatives such as Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) have been quick to declare victory in Iraq.  In November, McCain said that “we've succeeded militarily.”
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Fredheads, It's Time to Support Mitt  —  It's time to support Mitt Romney.  Can Mitt win in a general election?  I don't know.  Certainly he has always had a better chance than Fred.  And if the opposition is Hillary Clinton, then maybe.  —  McCain can beat Hillary.  But McCain is, well, McCain.
Discussion: Hot Air and Slublog
FactCheck.org:
Clinton-Obama Slugfest  —  Who lands a clean punch?  Edwards was there, too.  —  In one of the liveliest debates of the 2008 presidential campaign, the three top Democrats slugged it out in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We noted some low blows:  — Clinton falsely accused Obama of saying he …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Matthew Yglesias:
McCain and the Economy  —  John McCain's unquestionably …
Gabor Steingart / Spiegel Online:
The End of the Obama Revolution
Iain Murray / The Corner:
Energy Disaster Looming
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stephenbainbridge.com:
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Emails that Dick Cheney Deleted
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Fred Exits  —  He's a good and talented man, but I'm still mystified …