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1:35 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 …
Washington Post:
Clinton Now Looking Beyond S.C.  —  Focus on 4 Delegate-Rich States Is Considered Risky  —  The next Democratic presidential nominating contest will take place in South Carolina on Saturday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has already turned her full attention to places such as this …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against One  —  GREENVILLE, S.C.  —  If Bill Clinton has to trash his legacy to protect his legacy, so be it.  If he has to put a dagger through the heart of hope to give Hillary hope, so be it.  —  If he has to preside in this state as the former first black president stopping the would-be first black president, so be it.
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest
Discussion: Redstate
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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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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Associated Press:
Study: False statements preceded war
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Longtime patron may be a problem for Obama  —  Alleged slumlord and indicted businessman Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko has long supported the Democratic presidential hopeful, who has returned related donations.  —  CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped the name of Barack Obama's Chicago patron …
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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
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
How to Stop the Downturn  —  AMERICA'S economy is headed for a major slowdown.  Whether there is a recession (two quarters of negative growth) is less important than the fact that the economy will operate well below its potential, and unemployment will grow.
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Len Burman / New York Times:
Make the Tax Cuts Work
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Is McCain Inevitable?  —  James Madison had nothing to do with the Republican nomination system.  Nevertheless, it bears his imprint.  Madisonianism is deeply ingrained in the American political consciousness.  When we invent new political institutions, as both parties did in the 1970s …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain starts urgent dash for cash
Marc Ambinder:
Thad Cochran Endorses Romney  —  Word from Romneyville is that Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) has endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney, bringing to six the number of John McCain's colleagues who've fallen behind the former Mass. governor.  —  Here's the statement that Cochran plans to release:
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Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Corner
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: Hot Air and Volunteer Voters
Amir Shah / Associated Press:
Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Jihad Watch
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.  —  , there's really no dispute as to whether Hillary Clinton is distorting Barack Obama's statements on Reagan.  She is.  And so is her husband.  But she's arguing for her campaign, and in that context, statements do get pulled out of context and refashioned as cudgels.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Faiz / Think Progress:
Matthews: 'Giuliani hasn't been beaten yet.'  —  On this evening's Hardball, Chris Matthews made this incredulous and puzzling statement: … Watch it:  —  Note to Chris: Giuliani has not only been beaten, he's been crushed.  To recap: Giuliani finished fifth in Iowa with 4 percent …
 
 
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iowahawk:
Filed In Triplicate  —  OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIVE HEARING REPORT
Discussion: Ezra Levant
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None
Faiz / Think Progress:
With Recession Looming, McCain Offers Happy Talk: 'Underpinnings …
Discussion: US News
The Campaign Spot:
The FredHeads Will Not Stay Unified
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
‘It Boils Down to Trust’
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: Why the Fed's Rate Cut Was a Mistake
Elana Schor / Guardian:
Past holds key to Democratic future
 Earlier Items: 
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Louisiana Caucus Last Night
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Tragedy of a Non-Muslim West
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
‘Stormin’ Norman' Schwarzkopf goes for McCain
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?
Jennifer Rubin / American Spectator:
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