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4:20 AM ET, January 25, 2008


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New York Times:
Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton  —  This generally is the stage of a campaign when Democrats have to work hard to get excited about whichever candidate seems most likely to outlast an uninspiring pack.  That is not remotely the case this year.  —  The early primaries produced …
New York Times:
Primary Choices: John McCain  —  We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president.  The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq.  They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush.
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:   How to Talk Foreign Policy
Mark Naymik / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Kucinich drops presidential bid  —  Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich is dropping out of the Democratic race for president.  —  Kucinich will make the announcement Friday at a news conference in Cleveland.  In an exclusive interview with Plain Dealer editors and reporters, Kucinich said he will explain his “transition” tomorrow.
Joe Milicia / Associated Press:
Democrat Kucinich quits White House race  —  CLEVELAND - Democrat Dennis Kucinich is abandoning his second, long-shot bid for the White House as he faces a tough fight to hold onto his other job — U.S. congressman.  —  In an interview with Cleveland's Plain Dealer, the six-term House member …
Michael Graham / The Corner:
Why was this debate so bad?  —  One of my GOP candidates had an expression: “WOT."  Waste of time.  —  Did this debate accomplish anything, other than to remind us that Tim Russert is the most overrated journalist in television?  —  I'm trying to imagine what Florida voter watched that and went—"OK, now I'm ready to vote!"
Discussion: Say Anything
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Winning Spin War Over Who's Victim In Campaign  —  One of the central struggles between the Obama and Hillary campaigns right now is this: Which of the two can successfully persuade voters that he or she is the fair-fighter being victimized by the other's out-of-control aggression?
John Mercurio / MSNBC:
Clintons leave no fingerprints
Discussion: MyDD
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Bill Clinton's Old Politics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP, HE SAID IT  —  Seems McCain did say that.  —  Here's the video to refresh your memory ...  TPM Reader BY just sent in this clip from the Boston Globe ...  I guess it was too much to ask to have Russert crash and burn on this one.  —  Russert's quote was: “I know a lot less …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney, Obama hold leads  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. - Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama are leading in their respective parties' upcoming primaries, according to two new state surveys.  —  But a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that their rivals …
New York Times:
At Debate on the Economy, Republicans Become Kindest of Candidates
Discussion: The Politico
CBS News:
Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam  —  Tells 60 Minutes Former Dictator Bragged About Eluding Capture  —  (CBS) Saddam Hussein initially didn't think the U.S. would invade Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction, so he kept the fact that he had none a secret to prevent an Iranian invasion he believed could happen.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Saddam Speaks...  ...through the FBI interrogator who debriefed …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Pat Dollard
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Immigration officials detaining, deporting American citizens  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks …
White House:
Fact Sheet: New Growth Package Meets Criteria to Keep Our Economy Healthy  —  President Bush Discusses the Bipartisan Economic Growth Agreement  —  Today, President Bush announced his Administration reached a bipartisan agreement with House leadership on an economic growth package …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:   Proposed Fiscal Stimulus: My View
Matt / Think Progress:
Gibson Defends His Mockery Of Ledger's Death: ‘No Point In Passing Up A Good Joke’  —  On his radio show yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson responded to ThinkProgress' criticism of his comments mocking the death of Heath Ledger, saying that it was just “a little Brokeback Mountain joke” …
Rasmussen Reports:
Georgia Republican Presidential Primary  —  Georgia: Huckabee 34% McCain 19% Romney 16%  —  While John McCain and Mitt Romney are fighting for the lead in Florida's Presidential Primary on January 29, Mike Huckabee has the lead in Georgia.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Jonathan Rauch / The Atlantic Online:
Partisan Retreat  —  A few months ago, in a packed, stuffy room atop a hotel in downtown Washington, a prominent speaker made a startling remark.  Even more startling, no one in the audience seemed startled.  —  The audience was a predominantly conservative crowd assembled by the Ethics …
Discussion: Donklephant and Centerfield
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Times of London:
Pope attacks media for ‘distorted morals’
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Three little pigs ‘could offend builders, Muslims’
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
More On Huckabee's Economy Answer
David Cay Johnston / New York Times:
Strains on the I.R.S. Could Delay Rebate Checks for Months
The Campaign Spot:
Thompson Thinking of Future Campaign... For TN Governor?
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate Delays Eavesdropping Vote
Discussion: Needlenose
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Republican Florida Debate: Live Blog, Part Two
Discussion: Don Surber
Rachel Lucas:
Breaking News: Sunny Lucas announces her candidacy for President.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and QandO
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the G.O.P. Debate in Fla.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Mitt Romney courts neutral Jeb Bush
Discussion: Naked Politics
Tim Tagaris / Open Left:
Now! We might have a showdown
Discussion: Emptywheel and Booman Tribune
Paul Rogers / Mercury News:
Sunnyvale homeowners told to cut redwoods that block solar panels
Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
John Wayne of blogosphere
President Bill Clinton / Detroit Free Press:
2 notable perjury cases