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3:45 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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CNN:
Bill Clinton gets upset with CNN reporter  —  (CNN) - Bill Clinton became visibly upset Wednesday over comments by a prominent South Carolina Democrat that compared the former president's actions on the trail to those of infamous Republican strategist Lee Atwater.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama radio: 'She'll say anything'  —  Obama's out with his own harsh South Carolina spot, trying to turn her attacks on him into a character issue, with a dose of the issues: … 60 Obama Radio Script “Anything Radio"  —  Barack: I'm Barack Obama, running for President and I approve this message.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Accuses Obama Camp of Stirring Race Issue
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Trailhead
Marc Ambinder:
Bill Clinton Bitches Out The Media
Discussion: Trailhead and Spin Cycle
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton: Race, gender key in S.C.
Discussion: The RBC and Blue Crab Boulevard
The Buzz:
St. Pete Times Poll: Bye-bye Rudy?  —  It's Mitt Romney vs. John McCain in the final stretch of Florida's crucial Republican primary.  —  A new St. Petersburg Times poll shows the former Massachusetts governor and Arizona senator neck and neck among Florida Republicans, while Rudy Giuliani's Florida-or-bust strategy has been a bust.
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MiamiHerald.com:
Poll: Giuliani slips to third in Florida  —  Rudy Giuliani has hit the skids in a Florida freefall that could shatter his presidential campaign and leave a two-man Republican contest in the state between John McCain and Mitt Romney, a Miami Herald poll shows.
Marc Ambinder:
The Best Pollster in Florida, Rob Schroth, Has New Numbers  —  And Rudy Giuliani is in third.  —  McCain: 25  —  Romney: 23  —  Giuliani: 15  —  ** The poll was conducted AFTER Fred Thompson dropped.  —  ** The sample size is 800 likely voters  —  ** Did I mention …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain's sunny Wednesday
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Your Harry Reid-led Senate in action  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Harry Reid — who has (a) done more than any other individual to ensure that Bush's demands for telecom immunity and warrantless eavesdropping powers will be met in full and (b) allowed the Republicans …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
John Edwards on FISA  —  John Edwards: … Well...yes.  And that includes candidates, you know, leaving the campaign trail to do their jobs.  Which Obama and Clinton can — and should — do.  South Carolina is an hour and a half plane ride away.  —  Get thee to DC and filibuster, Senators.
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Scare tactics  —  Stuck in traffic on Sept. 11, smoke …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Crypt's Blogs
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Harry Reid: Democratic Leader?
Matt / Think Progress:
John Gibson Mocks ‘Weirdo’ Heath Ledger's Death: ‘He Found Out How To Quit You’  —  Opening his radio show with funeral music yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.”
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 …
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Advertisers Drop Savage Over Hateful Remarks, USO Hints At Suit  —  At least four major firms have pulled advertising from Michael Savage's nationally syndicated radio show following a campaign highlighting his inflammatory rhetoric.  One other company, Geico insurance, is expected to follow suit.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas staged some of the blackouts’  —  On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.  —  In the first case, journalists who were invited …
Discussion: Israellycool and Israel Matzav
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Times of London:
Exclusive: Hamas ‘spent months cutting through Gaza wall in secret operation’
David Rogers / The Politico:
Bush budget won't fully fund Iraq war  —  The White House confirmed Wednesday that its new budget next month will not request a full year's funding for the war in Iraq, leaving the next president and Congress to confront major cost questions soon after taking office in 2009.
Discussion: Truthdig
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Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Jim Walsh to retire  —  Republican Rep. Jim Walsh of New York is expected to announce his retirement soon, according to a GOP aide familiar with the decision, giving Democrats another pick-up opportunity following a wave of Republican retirements this cycle.
CNN:
Hunter endorses Huckabee  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former presidential candidate, announced Wednesday he is endorsing Mike Huckabee's White House bid.  —  “I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Huckabee said in a statement.
 
 
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