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4:30 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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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 …
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Negative Hillary Ad In South Carolina Hits Obama For Calling GOP “Party Of Ideas”  —  The Obama campaign has just sent out to reporters audio and script of a negative Hillary radio spot hitting him over that now-infamous interview in which Obama called Republicans the “party of ideas.”
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
How Clinton Will Win the Nomination by Losing S.C.
Discussion: Booker Rising
Wall Street Journal:   In South, Democrats' Tactics May Change Political Game
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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New York Times:
Palestinians Topple Gaza Wall and Cross to Egypt  —  RAFAH, Egypt — Thousands of Palestinians streamed from the Gaza Strip into Egypt on Wednesday after a fence at the Rafah border crossing was toppled, going on a buying spree of fuel, medicine, soap, cigarettes and many other supplies …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT FOR DEBATE  —  I was a little surprised when one of the questioners at last night's Democratic debate — I think Joe Johns, but I'm not certain — referenced the new and long-awaited Iraqi ‘de-Baathification’ law as an undisputed sign of political progress.
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 …
Shaun McKinnon / Arizona Republic:
Poll: Clinton and McCain well ahead in Arizona  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain has opened a wide lead in his home state for the Feb. 5 Republican presidential primary, according to a poll released Tuesday.  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leads fellow Democrats by a similar margin.
Discussion: The Caucus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
George Soros Funded Study Says Bush Lied  —  The AP reports, and the New York Times expands, on a new study by a supposedly “independent” organization that claims to have assembled hundred of “false statements” by the Bush administration in the course of the Iraq war.
 
 
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Little Green Footballs:
UK Government Agency Condemns ‘Three Little Pigs’
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Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: Economists Predicted That A Prolonged U.S. Presence …
Discussion: pol.moveon.org and Reuters
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Six Big Lies About John McCain
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Ron Paul continues to best Giuliani
Discussion: Volunteer Voters and Hot Air
Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews: 'Giuliani hasn't been beaten yet.'
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.