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3:30 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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Now or Never for Obama  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has become a must-win state for Barack Obama.  —  Whatever the outcome of Saturday's Democratic presidential primary here, the Illinois senator has the money and the organization to compete in the nearly two dozen states voting on Feb. 5.
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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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 …
New York Times:
Palestinians Topple Gaza Wall and Cross to Egypt  —  RAFAH, Egypt — Thousands of Palestinians streamed from the Gaza Strip into Egypt on Wednesday after a fence at the Rafah border crossing was toppled, going on a buying spree of fuel, medicine, soap, cigarettes and many other supplies …
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
Bryan / Hot Air:
AP runs Soros-funded anti-war “study” as hard news Updated: An inconvenient video
Discussion: A Blog For All
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
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 …
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
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None  —  (updated below)  —  Back in July of last year — more than six months ago — the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were investigating the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as part of that investigation, they issued subpoenas …
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: Firedoglake
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Negative Hillary Ad In South Carolina Hits Obama For Calling GOP “Party Of Ideas”  —  The Obama campaign has just sent out to reporters audio and script of a negative Hillary radio spot hitting him over that now-infamous interview in which Obama called Republicans the “party of ideas.”
Discussion: TalkLeft, Spin Cycle and Taylor Marsh
Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: Economists Predicted That A Prolonged U.S. Presence In Iraq Could Lead To A Recession  —  In yesterday's press briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Dana Perino about the tie between the current U.S. economy and the Iraq war.  Perino quickly dismissed the reporter's question …
Discussion: pol.moveon.org and Reuters
 
 
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Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
How About Everyone Agree With Me Instead?
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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City Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
In South, Democrats' Tactics May Change Political Game
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CLINTON V. REAGAN.
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Louisiana Caucus Last Night
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Tragedy of a Non-Muslim West
Amy D. Goldstein / American Thinker:
Why they Hate Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Corner
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Who Cares Who Wins the Primary?
Discussion: Eschaton and D-Day
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain starts urgent dash for cash
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
How to Stop the Downturn  —  AMERICA'S economy is headed for a major slowdown.