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12:40 PM 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 …
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.”
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
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  —  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.
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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Haaretz:
UN: Some 350,000 Gazans stream into Egypt as militants blast border wall  —  Some 350,000 Palestinians poured out of Gaza and into Egypt early Wednesday, the United Nations said, after masked gunmen blew dozens of holes in the wall delineating the border.  —  The Gazans rushed to purchase food …
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
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Louisiana Caucus Last Night
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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
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 …
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Schwarzkopf to endorse McCain
Elana Schor / Guardian:
Past holds key to Democratic future  —  Clinton and Obama's Senate voting records offer clues as to whether they will keep their campaign pledges  —  The US political establishment has spent considerable energy focusing on the policy similarities between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Tragedy of a Non-Muslim West  —  How far are western intellectuals prepared to take civilizational self-loathing?  —  In The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Gibbon called the Battle of Poitiers in 732 “the high-water point of the Muslim tide in western Europe".
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Daily Pundit
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
 
 
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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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell endorses Clinton
Discussion: The Trail
Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Corner
John O'Sullivan / The Australian:
The Gipper lives  —  BARACK Obama, who is level-pegging …
Discussion: The Corner
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Stevens-DeMint dust-up highlights GOP divisions
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What's Left Of Clinton
Discussion: Rox Populi
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Huckabee, Short on Cash, Curtails Effort in Florida
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
New York Is All McCain's, for a Night
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?
Jennifer Rubin / American Spectator:
Wow[UPDATE: Not A Big Wow] - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 @ 11:10:28 PM
FactCheck.org:
Clinton-Obama Slugfest  —  Who lands a clean punch?  Edwards was there, too.