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5:05 PM ET, January 24, 2008


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Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Bill Clinton's Old Politics  —  I write this more out of sadness than anger.  Bill Clinton's ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks on Barack Obama are doing no credit to the former President, his legacy, or his wife's campaign.  Nor are they helping the Democratic party.
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.
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?
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton camp pulls negative ad in South Carolina  —  (CNN) - Just 24 hours after it was launched, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign pulled a South Carolina radio ad that targets Barack Obama for his recent comments on the Republican Party.  —  The ad highlights Obama's recent interview …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Editing Hillary's Story
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Prairie Weather
Marc Ambinder:
(Updated) Clinton Campaign Pulls The Misleading South Carolina Ad....
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Let's Hear Some Straight Talk  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: A new California poll taken just after Fred Thompson's withdrawal from the Republican primary shows Mitt Romney as leading big over McCain in California when it comes to which candidate best represents the Republican Party.
Jim Ash / News Press:
Poll: Romney slightly ahead in Florida  —  TALLAHASSEE — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a slight edge in Florida over his closest GOP rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain, with just five days to go before Tuesday's presidential primary, according to a poll released today.
Mary Ellen Klas / Naked Politics:
Romney with narrow lead in Mason Dixon poll  —  Another day, another poll and this one by Mason Dixon Research shows Romney with a narrow lead and Clinton holding her own.  The poll of 400 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted Jan. 21-23 and the poll of 400 likely Republican voters was conducted Jan. 22-23.
Steven Stark / Real Clear Politics:
Who Said Freddy's Dead?  —  The Republican race is coming into focus.  Well, sort of.  If John McCain can win the Florida primary on January 29, he'll be the clear front-runner heading into Super Tuesday a week later.  —  But Florida is hardly a sure thing for McCain.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Tentative Deal on Economic Stimulus Plan  —  WASHINGTON — House leaders and the White House on Thursday announced a tentative agreement on an economic stimulus package of roughly $150 billion that would pay stipends of $300 to $1,200 per family and provide tax incentives for businesses to encourage spending.
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:
Kucinich abandons White House bid  —  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 …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
The Dems just gave away your stimulus check  —  According to AP, congressional leaders have reached a deal on those economic stimulus checks.  And rather than being geared towards helping the economy, they're apparently geared towards redistributing wealth (that would be our wealth) to the poor.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller's unintentionally revealing comments  —  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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill backlash?  —  There's a fair amount of chatter today about whether Bill Clinton has gone too far, whether he'll trigger “backlash."  —  It's a plausible story, and the media is clearly sick of him.  But here's my question: Has anyone met an uncommitted voter, or one likely to support Hillary, who expresses this view?
Discussion: The Plank
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:   Obama says party will unite despite bitter campaign
New York Times:
Attacks Imperil U.S.-Backed Militias in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — American-backed Sunni militias who have fought Sunni extremists to a standstill in some of Iraq's bloodiest battlegrounds are being hit with a wave of assassinations and bomb attacks, threatening a fragile linchpin of the military's strategy to pacify the nation.
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Gates Issues Call For Kinder Capitalism  —  Famously Competitive, Billionaire Now Urges Business to Aid the Poor  —  Free enterprise has been good to Bill Gates.  But today, the Microsoft Corp. chairman will call for a revision of capitalism.  —  In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos …
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” …
Agence France Presse:
Bono confesses sins to ‘father’ Al Gore  —  Having climate campaigner Al Gore round to your house is to open yourself to a self-flagellating guilt trip, Irish rock star Bono confessed Thursday.  —  Sharing a stage with the former US vice president at the annual gathering of world movers …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney lands movement conservative figure
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Societe Generale Reports EU4.9 Billion Trading Loss
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President Bill Clinton / Detroit Free Press:
2 notable perjury cases
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Responding to Jonah
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain praises Rush Limbaugh, faintly
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
RUNNING LIKE A REPUBLICAN?  —  I'm a bit conflicted over this Paul Waldman column.
‘Internal and External Threats’
Erin Ballou /
Muslim opening prayer at Iowa Statehouse raises concerns
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Liberal Values
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian Military Has Quit Turning Detainees Over to Afghans
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Clinton and his God Nemesis
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
The Rudyification of Romney and the Romnification of Rudy (or Something Like That)
Discussion: Ross Douthat
New York Times:
Justice Nomination Seen as Snub to Democrats
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Anti-Bush campaign planned
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Source at Fund-Raiser: Edwards Calls McCain ‘Crazy’ …
Discussion: Hot Air, Donklephant and The Caucus