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10:45 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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Washington Post:
Some in Party Bristle At Clintons' Attacks  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign aired a new radio ad here Wednesday that repeated a discredited charge against Sen. Barack Obama, in what some Democrats said is part of an increasing pattern of hardball politics by her and former president Bill Clinton.
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama dips, but still has South Carolina lead: poll  —  FLORENCE, South Carolina (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's big lead over rival Hillary Clinton slipped slightly but is still substantial two days before South Carolina's presidential primary, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.
William Greider / The Nation:
Slick Willie Rides Again  —  The Clintons play dirty when they feel threatened.  But we knew that, didn't we?  —  The recent roughing-up of Barack Obama was in the trademark style of the Clinton years in the White House.  High-minded and self-important on the surface, smarmily duplicitous underneath …
Discussion: Classical Values and Betsy's Page
Michelle Malkin:
VRWC: Ten years young  —  Bruce Walker at the American Thinker notes that Sunday is the 10th anniversary of Hillary Clinton's coinage of the infamous term we've come to wear proudly: “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy."  Yes, it's been a full decade of bitter Clintonian sniping, acute paranoia …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Hill defends Bill on stump
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Times poll finds Clinton holding on to lead
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Leads in Ill Will Among G.O.P. Candidates  —  TAMPA, Fla. — At the end of the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire this month, when the Democrats joined the candidates on stage, Mitt Romney found himself momentarily alone as his counterparts mingled, looking around a bit stiffly for a companion.
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MiamiHerald.com:
Poll: McCain rising, Giuliani fading  —  Asked whom they'll support in Tuesday's presidential primary, Democrats said Clinton.  Republicans favored McCain and Romney.  —  AIM  —  breinhard@MiamiHerald.com  —  Reinvigorated by early-state victories, John McCain and Mitt Romney are jockeying …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Let the sunshine in  —  If the other GOP candidates don't stop McCain now, they never will  —  Republican presidential hopeful John McCain bites his tongue as he answers reporters' questions during a campaign stop in Orlando, Florida.  —  GOP hopefuls brace for debate
Joy Lin / CBS News:
The Huckabee Puzzle  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:
Discussion: Say Anything
Washington Post:
Romney, McCain Take Lead in Fla.; Tax Talk Pervades
Discussion: New York Times, The Caucus and The Buzz
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Times poll: McCain, Romney are neck and neck
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller's unintentionally revealing comments  —  (updated below)  —  As the Senate takes up “debate” today over granting the President new warrantless eavesdropping powers and granting immunity to lawbreaking telecoms, the individual who joined forces with Dick Cheney to get this ball rolling …
Discussion: The Seminal and Emptywheel
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Battle: Stand And Be Counted
Discussion: CNET News.com and CQ Politics
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Source at Fund-Raiser: Edwards Calls McCain ‘Crazy’ and Says Hillary Thinks There's More on Rezko  —  Before John Edwards let David Letterman mess up his hair on the Late Show last night, the former Senator was at a private fund-raiser in midtown Manhattan, also attended by Kevin Bacon …
C.J. / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken didn't exactly leave 'em laughing in Northfield  —  Franken apparently had more fun than senior history major Peter Fritz.  —  Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Al Franken didn't exactly leave 'em laughing in Northfield.  —  Earlier this month Franken was at Carleton College …
TVNZ:
Venezuelan troops seize food  —  Venezuela's top food company has accused troops of illegally seizing more than 500 tonnes of food from its trucks as part of President Hugo Chavez's campaign to stem shortages.  —  The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
STUDY ON BUSH'S IRAQ DECEPTION AND LIES: FULL OF DECEPTION AND LIES  —  The headline-grabbing report released by two non-profits, Iraq: The War Card—Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War charged that the Bush administration issued “hundreds of false statements” on Iraq.
Benny Avni / New York Sun:
‘Paradigm Change’ Is Seen as Arabs Flee Gaza  —  UNITED NATIONS — Washington, Cairo, and Jerusalem are expressing “concern” regarding the flow of hundreds of thousands of Gazans into Egypt, testing border agreements that have existed since Israel completely withdrew from the heavily populated strip in 2005.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes  —  He pushed the wrong button, he asserted at the time.  Two of the admitted flubs were on hotly contested issues.  —  Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side.
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
 
 
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New York Times:
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‘Hamas staged some of the blackouts’
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RNC chairman provides numbers, strategy to defeat top Democrats
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Bush budget won't fully fund Iraq war
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