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5:15 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Plank
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
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest
Shaun McKinnon / Arizona Republic:
Poll: Clinton and McCain well ahead in Arizona
Discussion: The Caucus
Glenn Thrush / The Swamp:   Bill Clinton: Obama, media spinning racial angle
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.
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
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
“Legendary” GOP Strategist Launches Hillary Namecalling Effort  —  A couple of days ago, a group called Citizens United Not Timid filed papers with the IRS as a “527” organization.  Then we saw that Roger Stone had signed on as the group's “assistant treasurer."  Uh oh.
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Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:   Making Political Trouble
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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Ben Adler / The Politico:
Ron Paul continues to best Giuliani  —  Ron Paul, the Texas congressman frequently dismissed as a long shot candidate with no real chance at winning the Republican presidential nomination, has won nearly twice as many total votes to date as Rudy Giuliani, a candidate still widely viewed as a strong contender.
Discussion: Volunteer Voters and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gore for same-sex marriage  —  Not sure what prompted this, but Al Gore has quietly released a video with a forceful endorsement of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.  It pushes the Democratic establishment that much closer to a position he now shares with Eliot Spitzer and some other leading Dems …
Discussion: Wonkette and D-Day
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.
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: The Corner
Peter A. McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Markets Turn Around In Massive Late Rally  —  A torrid rally in financial stocks resurrected a wheezing stock market, which suffered from recession fears but then rejoiced at a possible bailout of bond insurers by New York regulators.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average languished …
Discussion: On Deadline and The Bonddad Blog
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'?”
 
 
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John Frank / The Buzz:
Thompson's supporters split among rivals
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Commentary
Reuters:
No recession expected this year: Congressional Budget Office
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Tarah Holland / RSS - LSUBEAT:
La. GOP releases unofficial delegate results
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary's Predecessor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Called GOP “The Party Of Ideas,” Too
Discussion: TalkLeft and Paul Krugman
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Veto of Children's Health Plan Stands
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Bernanke Battles Wrong Ghost in Deflation Specter: Amity Shlaes
Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: Economists Predicted That A Prolonged U.S. Presence …
Discussion: pol.moveon.org and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
In South, Democrats' Tactics May Change Political Game
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None
Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews: 'Giuliani hasn't been beaten yet.'
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
Discussion: D-Day
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
How to Stop the Downturn  —  AMERICA'S economy is headed for a major slowdown.