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5:30 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
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama says party will unite despite bitter campaign
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill backlash?  —  There's a fair amount of chatter today …
Discussion: The Plank
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 …
New York Times:
Justice Nomination Seen as Snub to Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques was renominated by the White House on Wednesday to a senior department post …
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.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Tentative Deal Reached on 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 more for families with children …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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The media's love affair with McCain
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:
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