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4:20 PM ET, January 25, 2008


 Top Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Losing Ugly  —  There's losing.  There's losing honorably.  And then there's John Edwards.  —  Mike Huckabee is not going to be president.  The loss in South Carolina, one of the most highly evangelical states in the union, made that plain.  With a ceiling of 14 percent among nonevangelical Republicans …
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Obama's Lead Shrinks in SC  —  Edwards continues to advance, nips at Clinton's heels  —  UTICA, NY - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's lead over New York Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowed yet a little more in South Carolina with just two days to go before the primary …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Feingold Rips Edwards Again, Urges Dem Candidates To Take On Rove  —  As one of Congress' foremost progressive figures, Sen. Russ Feingold is a coveted endorsement for any of the Democratic presidential nominees.  But if those seeking the White House are waiting for his call …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Lean Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Edwards: 'Grown Up'  —  Edwards' new ad uses his rivals' pettiest …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and MyDD
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary On The Morning Shows: Surprised By Photo Of Her And Rezko  —  Hillary hits all the morning shows, gets hit with a surprise on NBC: An old photo of her and Bill next to disgraced Obama associate Tony Rezko.  NBC's Matt Lauer says that the network “received” the photo and that its date is uncertain …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton Takes on the ‘Polarizing’ Issue  —  SPARTENBURG, S.C.- Bill Clinton just staged a passionate defense of his wife here, after a voter asked how Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton could unite this country when it is so split, politically and racially, and when she is such a polarizing figure.
Discussion: Hot Air and politburo diktat 2.0
Transcript: John Kerry On Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton And More  —  National Journal's Linda Douglass sat down with John Kerry for “National Journal On Air."  This is a transcript of their conversation.  —  Q: I'd like to introduce Sen. John Kerry, former Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, United States senator now.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do  —  We begin, as one always must now, again, with Bill Clinton.  The past week he has traveled South Carolina, leaving discord in his wake.  Barack Obama, that “fairytale,” is low, sneaky.  “He put out a hit job on me."  The press is cruelly carrying Mr. Obama's counter-jabs.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Was that a whisper in Romney's Ear?  —  What's a debate without a little blogging fun?  During the GOP Presidential Debate on MSNBC, a very curious thing happened during a Tim Russert question to Mitt Romney.  You can hear what seemed like an on air-whispered answer directed at Romney …
Bizarre Whisper During Romney Debate Answer  —  Whisper: Raise taxes Romney: I am not going to raise taxes.  —  Tim Russert: Governor Romney, you are a big fan of Ronald Reagan.  —  Mitt Romney: Uh-um  —  Russert: Will you do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?  —  [whisper] raise taxes
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Illustrated President  —  W.H.D. Koerner, “A Charge to Keep” (1916)  —  George W. Bush is famous for his attachment to a painting which he acquired after becoming a “born again Christian."  It's by W.H.D. Koerner and is entitled “A Charge to Keep."  Bush was so taken by it …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The unintentional humor of ‘A Charge to Keep’  —  As president, George W. Bush loves to talk to those who visit the Oval Office about the rug on the floor.  (He claims to have tasked Laura Bush with helping come up with a design that communicated “optimistic person” to those who saw it.)
Discussion: Think Progress
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Ideas Bill Forgot  —  It was a remarkable moment: A young, free-thinking presidential hopeful named Bill Clinton sat down with reporters and editors at The Post in October 1991 and started saying things most Democrats wouldn't allow to pass their lips.  —  Ronald Reagan, Clinton said, deserved credit for winning the Cold War.
The Hill:
Weldon will not seek reelection  —  Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of this session, citing a desire to return to his medical practice.  —  “I want to thank my wife Nancy and my kids for all the support over these many years …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs, MyDD and Daily Kos
Congressman's Daughter Arrested For Simple Battery, Father Retires
Discussion: The Sleuth
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
Early vote may be decisive in Florida … TALLAHASSEE - Nearly 7 percent of Florida's 10-million registered voters have already cast their ballots for Tuesday's election, suggesting the vote may buck the recent trend of lackluster turnout.  —  Nearly 700,000 voters had voted early or returned absentee ballots as of Thursday.
Rasmussen Reports:
Attorney General Edwards?
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hot Air and Don Surber
Michelle Malkin:
John McCain's open-borders outreach director: The next DHS secretary?  —  Dr. Juan Hernandez, McCain Hispanic outreach director: “We must not only have a free flow of goods and services, but also start working for a free flow of people."  —  Last month, I received an e-mail from a concerned reader.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
All Right — I'll Vote for Me, Too  —  With Congress deadlocked over how to fill four open seats on the Federal Election Commission, the two remaining commissioners sat surrounded by empty chairs yesterday during their first meeting of the year, our colleague Matthew Mosk reports.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
A Revealing Poll  —  The latest SurveyUSA Florida poll shows McCain …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Former Thompson staffer channels anti-Huck energy
Discussion: TIME
Rachel Barnhart / WHAM-TV:
Walsh Retiring; Will Brooks Run?
James Fallows:
Man from Mars perspective on the Republican debate
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia's Sangria Ban At Issue in 2 Hearings
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stimulus Gone Bad
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Speaking Of Radical Centrists
Joe Mathews / Los Angeles Times:
EBay's retiring chief may run for California governor
Discussion: On Deadline and D-Day
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Exclusive: After Obama Complaints, CNN Bans James Carville …
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush plan for Iraq would be a first
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Democrats Test Messages in Early Nationwide Ads
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Bill and Chelsea Clinton Might Want to Fact-Check Their Speeches