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2:05 PM ET, January 22, 2008


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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.
Washington Post:
Fed Cuts Key Interest Rate as Asian Markets Drop for Second Day  —  The European stock markets responded favorably to the Federal Reserve's surprise short-term interest rate cut today, while Wall Street remained more skeptical as it attempted to climb back up to even during midday trading.
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:   The Fed Got It Right
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Dow drops 465 then gains most of it back
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.
Bill Schneider's take on last night's Democratic debate:  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — It's obvious who the Democrats think will win the Republican nomination: They're all talking about who will run strongest against John McCain.  —  This is new — and it's likely the result of his South Carolina win on Saturday.
Discussion: The Swamp, The Trail and MyDD
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Clinton keeps up Obama attacks in D.C.
Why Should We Shut Up?  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: One closing thought from the previous hour: I'm noticing this in a lot of conservative media.  Those of us who are opposing these McCain... Let me set this up a better way.  When Huckabee was coming out of nowhere in Iowa …
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Now McCain Must Convince The Right
The Campaign Spot:
Fred Out of Thursday's Debate; Doesn't Plan on Endorsing  —  I spoke to one of my Thompson sources.  —  He's still with his ailing mother.  “He's just being a good son."  —  He has not spoken to any other campaign or any other candidates, nor does he intend to at this time.
John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Clinton May Get Payout of $20 Million  —  Former President Clinton stands to reap around $20 million — and will sever a politically sensitive partnership tie to Dubai — by ending his high-profile business relationship with the investment firm of billionaire friend Ron Burkle.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Jezebel
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Pat Dollard
NY Daily News:
Bomb terror probe
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
Andrew Moylan / Government Bytes:
Bush to Cop Out on Earmarks?  —  There has been a lot of buzz in recent weeks about the idea of President Bush issuing an executive order canceling all earmarks not found in bill text (roughly 90 percent of them).  Unfortunately, the New York Times has a story today that suggests he'll do nothing of the sort.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Huckabee Broke  —  Less than a month after a huge upset victory, and promises that fundraising would be ramped up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether.
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Miss Utah “GI Jill” Stevens Needs Your Help  —  “Obviously she is bright and attractive, but most important, she's a terrific soldier.” … Miss Utah “GI Jill” Stevens needs your vote to help her win Miss America in Atlantic City this Saturday, January 26, 2008.
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Real Clear Politics:
The Case for Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: Carol Platt Liebau
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton says Obama ‘looking for a fight’
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Economic downturn could help Romney
Associated Press:
Justices rule against Muslim inmate
Discussion: The Jawa Report
You Decide 08!:
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Jose Padilla is sentenced to 17 years
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Feeling Misled on Home Price, Buyers Sue Agent
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
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Paul Krugman:
Deep? Maybe. Long? Probably.
Discussion: The Plank
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White House Has No Comprehensive E-Mail Archive
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Scott Thomas Beauchamp's “Shock Troops” Statements
New York Times:
Romney Waxes Lyrical at a Holiday Parade in Florida