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10:40 AM ET, January 23, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
NY Daily News:
Mud, muddier, muddiest
Discussion: Redstate
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against One  —  GREENVILLE, S.C.  —  If Bill Clinton …
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
No Habla Español  —  (Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)
Discussion: MSNBC
Associated Press:
Study: False statements preceded war  —  WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
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John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
Web Site Assembles U.S. Prewar Claims  —  WASHINGTON — Students of how the Bush administration led the nation into the Iraq war can now go online to browse a comprehensive database of top officials' statements before the invasion, connecting the dots between hundreds of claims …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
‘Stormin’ Norman' Schwarzkopf goes for McCain  —  Orlando, Fla. - One of Florida's most famous military men, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, has put his weight behind Sen. John McCain's bid for the presidency today.  —  “Stormin' Norman” Schwarzkopf, a retired four-star general who was commander …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Daimnation!
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Schwarzkopf to endorse McCain
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain starts urgent dash for cash  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has scheduled at least seven fundraisers in the week leading up to Tuesday's Florida primary, scrambling to raise enough money to compete with a rival who can loan his campaign tens of millions of dollars.
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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 …
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
Discussion: EconLog and Economist's View
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.
FactCheck.org:
Clinton-Obama Slugfest  —  Who lands a clean punch?  Edwards was there, too.  —  In one of the liveliest debates of the 2008 presidential campaign, the three top Democrats slugged it out in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We noted some low blows:  — Clinton falsely accused Obama of saying he …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The blog swarm Chris Matthews never saw coming  —  “I get it."  — Chris Matthews, January 17  —  When Chris Matthews' long-winded monologue at the opening of the January 17 Hardball program eventually touched down with an apology to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) …
Jennifer Rubin / American Spectator:
Wow[UPDATE: Not A Big Wow] - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 @ 11:10:28 PM  —  McCain, according to this, leads in California 41% to 17% for Romney, Rudy at 13% and Huckabee at 10%.  What?!  Yeah, I read it a few times to make sure I had it right.  (SurveyUSA by the way was very accurate on SC.)
Discussion: protein wisdom and UrbanGrounds
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
Examiner:
Has Bush lost his spine on earmarks?  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Public anger over earmarks cost Republicans their majority in Congress in 2006, but Democrats have proven themselves equally incapable of getting rid of outrages like the Bridge to Nowhere.  More than 11,700 earmarks …
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?  —  The choice for the family would be basically this: double your money or double down on “young Arthur,” as the NYT's Chairman and CEO is sometimes called.  In the back of their minds, the prospect of doubling down on “young Arthur” …
Discussion: Don Surber, The Sideshow and City Room
The Hill:
Stevens-DeMint dust-up highlights GOP divisions  —  Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) clashed late last year during a closed-door luncheon as they debated whether Republicans should take a strong stand against earmarking.  —  DeMint, the leader of the conservative Steering Committee …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Marc Ambinder:
Why Won't Giuliani Throw A Punch?  —  Fox News's Oinounou notices...  As does CBS News Giuliani watcher Ryan Corsaro, who writes that Giuliani declined to endorse his surrogate's contention that John McCain was out of touch. … And how's that working you, Mr. Mayor?  —  Some things to keep in mind:
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Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Giuliani on Florida: “Must-win' now ‘important win’
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What's Left Of Clinton
Discussion: Rox Populi
The Agonist:
Most Clueless Banker of the Year Award
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
In Tight '08 Contest, the Race Is on for Delegates
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Huckabee, Short on Cash, Curtails Effort in Florida
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Top Dems stall Miers, Bolten contempt vote
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Wachovia, National City Join Bank-Earnings Slide
Washington Post:
Bush, Lawmakers Are Close to Deal on Stimulus Package
Discussion: Firedoglake
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New York Is All McCain's, for a Night
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The GOP's Security Gap
Amanda / Think Progress:
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
HOPE WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: OBAMA YOUTUBE VS. CLINTON CLASH...
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Will the Democratic presidential candidates adhere to their rhetoric?
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gov. Blunt won't seek second term