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10:10 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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Washington Post:
Some in Party Bristle At Clintons' Attacks  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign aired a new radio ad here Wednesday that repeated a discredited charge against Sen. Barack Obama, in what some Democrats said is part of an increasing pattern of hardball politics by her and former president Bill Clinton.
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Michelle Malkin:
VRWC: Ten years young  —  Bruce Walker at the American Thinker notes that Sunday is the 10th anniversary of Hillary Clinton's coinage of the infamous term we've come to wear proudly: “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy."  Yes, it's been a full decade of bitter Clintonian sniping, acute paranoia …
William Greider / The Nation:
Slick Willie Rides Again  —  The Clintons play dirty when they feel threatened.  But we knew that, didn't we?  —  The recent roughing-up of Barack Obama was in the trademark style of the Clinton years in the White House.  High-minded and self-important on the surface, smarmily duplicitous underneath …
Discussion: Classical Values and Betsy's Page
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama dips, but still has South Carolina lead: poll
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Hill defends Bill on stump
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Joy Lin / CBS News:
The Huckabee Puzzle  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA — “I want to get something out of the way because there are some pretty crazy rumors going around that the Huckabee campaign is pulling out of Florida,” Mike Huckabee said as he looked out into a crowd of 250 enthusiastic supporters at a jet hangar here.
Discussion: Say Anything
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Agence France Presse:   McCain wins Louisiana caucus: preliminary results
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Times poll: McCain, Romney are neck and neck
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
The Buzz:
St. Pete Times Poll: Bye-bye Rudy?
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Leads in Ill Will Among G.O.P. Candidates  —  TAMPA, Fla. — At the end of the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire this month, when the Democrats joined the candidates on stage, Mitt Romney found himself momentarily alone as his counterparts mingled, looking around a bit stiffly for a companion.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
RNC chairman provides numbers, strategy to defeat top Democrats
Discussion: Riehl World View
Marc Ambinder:
Romney Once Admired McCain's Record In Washington
Discussion: The Corner
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller's unintentionally revealing comments  —  (updated below)  —  As the Senate takes up “debate” today over granting the President new warrantless eavesdropping powers and granting immunity to lawbreaking telecoms, the individual who joined forces with Dick Cheney to get this ball rolling …
Discussion: CREDO Action and Calitics
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Battle: Stand And Be Counted
Discussion: CNET News.com and CQ Politics
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Source at Fund-Raiser: Edwards Calls McCain ‘Crazy’ and Says Hillary Thinks There's More on Rezko  —  Before John Edwards let David Letterman mess up his hair on the Late Show last night, the former Senator was at a private fund-raiser in midtown Manhattan, also attended by Kevin Bacon …
C.J. / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken didn't exactly leave 'em laughing in Northfield  —  Franken apparently had more fun than senior history major Peter Fritz.  —  Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Al Franken didn't exactly leave 'em laughing in Northfield.  —  Earlier this month Franken was at Carleton College …
TVNZ:
Venezuelan troops seize food  —  Venezuela's top food company has accused troops of illegally seizing more than 500 tonnes of food from its trucks as part of President Hugo Chavez's campaign to stem shortages.  —  The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened …
IBDeditorials.com:
The Clintons' Coal-Gate  —  Scandals: Hillary Clinton calls President Bush's talks with the Saudis about increasing oil output “pathetic."  But it's not as pathetic as her co-president husband locking up billions of tons of clean coal in exchange for political contributions.
Benny Avni / New York Sun:
‘Paradigm Change’ Is Seen as Arabs Flee Gaza  —  UNITED NATIONS — Washington, Cairo, and Jerusalem are expressing “concern” regarding the flow of hundreds of thousands of Gazans into Egypt, testing border agreements that have existed since Israel completely withdrew from the heavily populated strip in 2005.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes  —  He pushed the wrong button, he asserted at the time.  Two of the admitted flubs were on hotly contested issues.  —  Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas staged some of the blackouts’  —  On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.  —  In the first case, journalists who were invited …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Truth About Talk Radio  —  It just provides a dial tone.  —  IT WAS ROUGHLY SEVEN months ago that the McCain/Kennedy immigration bill went down to ignominious defeat.  At the time, many pundits blamed or credited talk radio for the bill's demise.  While guest-hosting …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Don Surber
 
 
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
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Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush's Second Child Insurance Veto Stands in House
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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STUDY ON BUSH'S IRAQ DECEPTION AND LIES: FULL OF DECEPTION AND LIES
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Anti-Bush campaign planned
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