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11:45 AM ET, January 26, 2008


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Rules?  The Clintons Don't Need No Stinkin' Rules!  —  The Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan and Florida of its delegates for violating scheduling rules for their primaries.  It took 365 delegates off the table and forced candidates to stop campaigning in the two vital states.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Clinton pursues selective strategy in S.C.  —  Columbia, S.C. - With polls showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton lagging behind Sen. Barack Obama here, the Clinton campaign is concentrating on competing hard in selected congressional districts in an effort to keep Obama from running up the score in Saturday's primary.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON DELEGATES  —  Not surprisingly there's been an avalanche …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama And Edwards Are On The FL Ballot Too
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary: DNC Should Seat The Michigan And Florida Delegates
Discussion: Liberty Street
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Questions for the Clintons  —  Charleston, S.C.  —  Joseph P. Riley Jr. has been mayor of this historic and often tense city since the mid-1970s.  He's a Democrat, highly respected and has worked diligently to heal racial wounds that have festered in some cases for hundreds of years.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Corruption Of Feminism  —  A reader transcribed the following conversation on Hardball tonight: … Wow.  A proud defense of nepotism over feminism.  Or rather, as is the Clintons' wont, a total conflation of feminism with nepotism.  I remember similar Clintonian feminists in the 1990s trashing …
Discussion: Fausta's blog and JustOneMinute
Bill Clinton: John McCain and Hillary are ‘very close’  —  (CNN) — If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party's presidential nominees, the general election race is likely to be a love-fest.  —  At least according to Bill Clinton.  —  Campaigning in Spartanburg, South Carolina …
Scott W. Johnson / Weekly Standard:
He Didn't Give at the Office  —  Remember that picture of Yasser Arafat, blood donor?  —  Charles Enderlin is the France 2 Jerusalem correspondent who broadcast the incendiary account of the death of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura at the hands of Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip in September 2000.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HE DIDN'T GIVE AT THE OFFICE  —  This week we've seen the news services become pure instruments of terrorist propaganda on behalf of Hamas.  As Noah Pollak and Pajamas Media pointed out, even Time jumped in to lend a hand.  Rest assured that the organs of the mainstream media will not pause …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Polls: Obama Solidifies Lead as Election Day Looms in South Carolina; McCain Holds Narrow Lead Over Romney in Florida; Others Far Back  —  1/23-25  —  1/22-24  —  1/21-23  —  1/20-22  —  Obama  —  41%  —  38%  —  39%  —  43%  —  Clinton  —  26%  —  25%
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Stress-Filled Week Shows Obama With a Blend of Humor and Fire  —  CLEMSON, S.C. — On the fifth day, Senator Barack Obama chose humor.  —  “When I was 20 points down, I was a fine young man.  The Clintons couldn't say enough nice things about me,” Mr. Obama said, that familiar wide smile spreading across his face.
Discussion: The State, MSNBC and Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times:
Is the right right on the Clintons?  —  Hillary's campaign tactics are causing some liberals to turn against the couple.  —  Something strange happened the other day.  All these different people — friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read — kept saying the same thing …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
FBI Agent: Hussein Didn't Expect Invasion  —  Before the Iraq war, Saddam Hussein misjudged the U.S. military strategy and thought the United States would launch only several days of airstrikes and not a full-scale ground invasion, according to a television interview with the FBI agent …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Author Faults a Game, and Gamers Flame Back  —  The Internet hath no fury like a gamer scorned.  —  That's the lesson Fox News and a self-help author learned this week after a program on that channel featured a discussion of the sexual content of the hit video game Mass Effect.
Discussion: Simply Left Behind and News Hounds
Nude Buttocks May Cost ABC $1.4 Million  —  WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $1.4 million fine against 52 ABC Television Network stations over a 2003 broadcast of cop drama NYPD Blue.  —  The fine is for a scene where a boy surprises a woman as she prepares to take a shower.
Discussion: Eschaton and Suburban Guerrilla
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pecksniffian Twit  —  Peggy Noonan: … Oh I don't know …
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Threat to Prosperity
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Must... Destroy... Milton Freedman
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring
Discussion: Emptywheel
Gulf Times:
UN urges review of journalist's death sentence
Discussion: Hot Air
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
McCain's Fiscal Mantra Becomes Less Is More
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Late Night Letterman Clip
David Frum / New York Times:
Turning the Triple Play
Mike Lux / Open Left:
An Interesting Train Ride
Discussion: Corrente
Nigel Blundell / Telegraph:
Killer dolphins baffle marine experts
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Egypt Tries to Plug Border; Gazans Poke New Hole
The Huffington Post:
Reid Issues Ultimatum: More Time Or No Wiretaps