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4:40 PM ET, January 23, 2008

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The Onion:
Bill Clinton: 'Screw It, I'm Running For President'  —  CHARLESTON, SC—After spending two months accompanying his wife, Hillary, on the campaign trail, former president Bill Clinton announced Monday that he is joining the 2008 presidential race, saying he “could no longer resist the urge.”
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
ABC News Badly Mischaracterizes Obama's Alleged “Testy Exchange” With Reporter  —  Okay, this is really a bad one.  Late yesterday, ABC News posted a story called: “Is Bill Clinton getting in Obama's head?"  —  The piece reported that Obama had had a “testy exchange” with New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Clinton Education  —  One of our favorite Bill Clinton anecdotes involves a confrontation he had with Bob Dole in the Oval Office after the 1996 election.  Mr. Dole protested Mr. Clinton's attack ads claiming the Republican wanted to harm Medicare, but the President merely smiled …
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
How Clinton Will Win the Nomination by Losing S.C.  —  Hillary Clinton will undoubtedly lose the South Carolina primary as African-Americans line up to vote for Barack Obama.  And that defeat will power her drive to the nomination.  —  The Clintons are encouraging the national media …
Discussion: Booker Rising
CNN:
Bill Clinton gets upset with CNN reporter  —  (CNN) - Bill Clinton became visibly upset Wednesday over comments by a prominent South Carolina Democrat that compared the former president's actions on the trail to those of infamous Republican strategist Lee Atwater.
Shaun McKinnon / Arizona Republic:
Poll: Clinton and McCain well ahead in Arizona
Discussion: The Caucus
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest
Times of London:
Exclusive: Hamas ‘spent months cutting through Gaza wall in secret operation’  —  James Hider of The Times at the Rafah border crossing  —  As tens of thousands of Palestinians clambered back and forth between the Gaza strip and Egypt today, details emerged of the audacious operation …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Your Harry Reid-led Senate in action  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Harry Reid — who has (a) done more than any other individual to ensure that Bush's demands for telecom immunity and warrantless eavesdropping powers will be met in full and (b) allowed the Republicans all year …
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Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Scare tactics  —  Stuck in traffic on Sept. 11, smoke …
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Hunter endorses Huckabee  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former presidential candidate, announced Wednesday he is endorsing Mike Huckabee's White House bid.  —  “I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Huckabee said in a statement.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Veto of Children's Health Plan Stands  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats cited the nation's economic problems as a reason to expand a popular health insurance program for children on Wednesday, but their effort failed as the House sustained President Bush's veto of a bill to provide coverage to nearly four million more uninsured children.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:   No surprise: SCHIP veto override falls short
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's Rezko problem; it's about judgment  —  In Monday night's Democratic presidential slugfest, er, debate in South Carolina, Sen. Hillary Clinton hit Sen. Barack Obama with the charge that as a young lawyer he represented a now infamous Chicago “slumlord” named “Rezko.”
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Worries That the Good Times Were Mostly a Mirage  —  So, how bad could this get?  —  Until a few months ago, it was accepted wisdom that the American economy functioned far more smoothly than in the past.  Economic expansions lasted longer, and recessions were both shorter and milder.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Capitalism's Enemies Within
Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney  —  Have you noticed how all of the Republican candidates can barely conceal their contempt for Governor Mitt Romney?  It goes way beyond the typical good-natured competition that usually is the hallmark of Republican contests.  Senator McCain has snarled …
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Marc Ambinder:   Thad Cochran Endorses Romney
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Six Big Lies About John McCain  —  LIE #1: John McCain isn't a loyal Republican.  —  TRUTH: McCain has been a stalwart Reagan Republican since he first entered politics in 1981.  —  He has never backed Democratic candidates for president or lesser posts - other than supporting …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ana Marie Cox / TIME: Swampland:
Romnibus: If A Dog Gets Out in the Woods, and No One Hears It...  Number three question on the Romnibus today — after “When's lunch?” and “Where's the power strip?":  “Why isn't that video of Romney jive-talking at an MLK parade getting more play?  Shouldn't it be a 'macaca moment'?”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None  —  (updated below)  —  Back in July of last year — more than six months ago — the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were investigating the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as part of that investigation, they issued subpoenas …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary's Predecessor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Called GOP “The Party Of Ideas,” Too  —  This could stir this whole battle up again, but it's noteworthy.  Guess who also called the GOP the “party of ideas,” in a fashion similar to the way Obama did?  —  Daniel Patrick Moynihan …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Paul Krugman
 
 
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Think Progress:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
Discussion: Eschaton and D-Day
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
How to Stop the Downturn  —  AMERICA'S economy is headed for a major slowdown.