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11:25 AM ET, January 24, 2008


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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.
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
Washington Post:
Romney, McCain Take Lead in Fla.; Tax Talk Pervades  —  After months of debate over illegal immigration, social issues and the Iraq war, the economy and taxes have emerged as the central focus of the Republican race in Florida.  —  Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Wallet Keeps Him in the Race
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs, MSNBC and Time
Let's Hear Some Straight Talk
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Joy Lin / CBS News:
The Huckabee Puzzle  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin:
Discussion: Say Anything
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.
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 and CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller's unintentionally revealing comments  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
Courage Campaign:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's amendments to FISA  —  by Robert Cruickshank, for the Courage Campaign  —  The Feinstein “Compromise” Amendments  —  1. There is no chance that Bush and the Republicans will agree to any compromise short of complete immunity for telecoms - making compromise impossible.
Discussion: Firedoglake, CREDO Action and Calitics
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Battle: Stand And Be Counted
Discussion: CNET and CQ Politics
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Business as Usual GOP  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When House Republicans convene behind closed doors today (Thursday) at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., they have a chance to make two bold moves to restore their reputation for fiscal responsibility.
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Cold Fury
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
House conservatives seek earmark vote
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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 …
The Politico:
Obama pulls punches vs. Clintons
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 …
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
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Truth About Talk Radio  —  It just provides a dial tone.  —  IT WAS ROUGHLY SEVEN months ago that the McCain/Kennedy immigration bill went down to ignominious defeat.  At the time, many pundits blamed or credited talk radio for the bill's demise.  While guest-hosting …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Don Surber
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Anti-Bush campaign planned  —  WASHINGTON - A liberal advocacy group plans to spend $8.5 million in a drive to make sure President Bush's public approval doesn't improve as his days in the White House come to an end.  —  Americans United for Change plans to undertake a yearlong 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.
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.
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Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
Jonah Goldberg's Revisionist F-Bomb
Discussion: EconLog
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: PrestoPundit and EconLog
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Law of Unintended Consequences
Discussion: Overlawyered
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
The Clintons' Coal-Gate  —  Scandals: Hillary Clinton calls …
Benny Avni / New York Sun:
‘Paradigm Change’ Is Seen as Arabs Flee Gaza
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush's Second Child Insurance Veto Stands in House
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
William Greider / The Nation:
Slick Willie Rides Again
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas staged some of the blackouts’
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
RNC chairman provides numbers, strategy to defeat top Democrats
Discussion: Riehl World View
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