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2:00 PM ET, January 26, 2008


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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.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Billary's Adventures in Primaryland  —  “Be what you would seem to be — or, if you'd like it put more simply — Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Corruption Of Feminism
Discussion: Fausta's blog and JustOneMinute
Jeff Fecke / Shakespeare's Sister:
Andrew Sullivan, King of Feminism
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
John O'Connor / The State:
Signs pointing to record turnout  —  If voters surge, party could share winner's momentum  —  Good weather and an attractive slate of candidates have South Carolina Democrats expecting record turnout for today's presidential primary, continuing a trend seen in other early-voting states.
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.
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%
Obama, Edwards have a lot on the line in South Carolina  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — Democrats are heading to the polls today in a primary election with a lot on the line, in a state where African Americans are expected to make up about half of the Democratic primary voters.
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.
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
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Forget Super Tuesday Or Even Tsunami Tuesday, It's All About The Super-Delegates  —  With the news that Hillary Clinton is trying to get the delegate votes from Michigan and Florida certified again (Surprise!  Surprise!  Whether the Democratic party would truly not count those votes has always …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON DELEGATES  —  Not surprisingly there's been an avalanche …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Statement by Senator Hillary Clinton on the Seating of Delegates …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Heeere's Rudy!  —  “As I've pointed out over and over again ...” Rudy Giuliani said this week at a press conference in a South Florida suburb.  —  The great Russell Baker once observed that when a reporter finds himself writing “Once again this year ...” it's time to look for a new beat.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert D. Novak /
Attorney General Edwards?
Garry Wills / New York Times:
Two Presidents Are Worse Than One  —  SENATOR Hillary Clinton has based her campaign on experience — 35 years of it by her count.  That must include her eight years in the White House.  —  Some may debate whether those years count as executive experience.
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
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.
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Discussion: protein wisdom
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Discussion: The Jawa Report
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