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8:55 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:
Clinton plan: Let Bill lash out  —  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 …
New York Times:
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Remarks on Reagan Live On  —  In one of their starkest differences in Monday's debate, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said that Senator Barack Obama had talked about “admiring Ronald Reagan” and that Mr. Obama “said in the last week that he really liked the ideas of the Republicans over the last 10 …
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.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Rick Klein / Political Radar:   Live-Blogging from Democratic Debate by Rick Klein
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.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Huckabee trims costs, press travel
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Crunch Time for McCain  —  John McCain is feared by Democrats and liked by independents.
Discussion: Heading Right
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New York Republican Presidential Primary  —  New York: McCain 26% Giuliani 20% Romney 13%  —  When Rudy Giuliani and his campaign team came up with the strategy to skip the early states and wait until Florida before entering the fray, they probably never expected to be trailing in New York State.
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Don Surber
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   McCain Woos Cuban Vote
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.
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 …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Balkinization
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Martin Luther King III to John Edwards: I challenge all candidates to follow your lead  —  On Saturday afternoon, John Edwards met with Martin Luther King III, son of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the King Center in Atlanta.  He received this note (.pdf) from him the following day:
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Perlstein'S Greatest Hits (6): Conservatives And Martin Luther King
Discussion: White House and The Swamp
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some fact-checking: GOP ideas, Rezko, boons  —  There's going to be a lot of it going on tonight — I'm looking forward to broad swathes of inside pages in the morning — but here are some that my colleague Avi Zenilman and I have been able to kick up.  —  First, what did Obama say about Reagan and the Republicans?
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Earmarks Seen Likely to Continue  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush is unlikely to defy Congress on spending billions of dollars earmarked for pet projects, but he will probably insist that lawmakers provide more justification for such earmarks in the future, administration officials said Monday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Despite Blog Support, Flake Bid a Long-shot  —  Every so often, the liberal or conservative blogospheres will get excited and mobilized to make something happen that probably never will.  Such is the case with the growing movement to get Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake (R) onto the House Appropriations Committee.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Discussion: Riehl World View
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Wolfson: ‘The Agreement Is Off’
The Plank:
Electability!  —  In the Washington Post yesterday …
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Clark County GOP smears Obama
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New York Times:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Video: Tensions Finally Boil Over Between Hillary And Obama
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Iran's supreme leader rebuffs Ahmadinejad
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Michelle Malkin:
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