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10:35 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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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 …
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.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Hill defends Bill on stump
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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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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
Agence France Presse:
McCain wins Louisiana caucus: preliminary results  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Senator John McCain has won the Republican party's caucuses in Louisiana while longshot candidate Ron Paul took second place, the state party said Wednesday, citing preliminary results.
Discussion: The Trail and protein wisdom
Joy Lin / CBS News:
The Huckabee Puzzle  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:
Discussion: Say Anything
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Times poll: McCain, Romney are neck and neck
Discussion: Washington Post, 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: CREDO Action
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Courage Campaign:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's amendments to FISA
Discussion: CREDO Action and Calitics
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Battle: Stand And Be Counted
Discussion: CNET News.com and CQ Politics
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rockefeller predicts win in FISA fight over telecom immunity
Discussion: The Hill
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.
IBDeditorials.com:
The Clintons' Coal-Gate  —  Scandals: Hillary Clinton calls President Bush's talks with the Saudis about increasing oil output “pathetic."  But it's not as pathetic as her co-president husband locking up billions of tons of clean coal in exchange for political contributions.
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
The Fifth Columnist  —  How Bill Kristol landed that ‘Times’ gig.  —  This fall, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. launched a search for a new conservative columnist.  It had been nearly three years since William Safire had retired from his weekly column in 2005 …
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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