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5:25 PM ET, January 28, 2008

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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Winging It  —  John McCain has a golden opportunity to make peace with conservatives.  Will he take advantage of it?  —  John McCain has to decide just how comfortable he wants the conservative base of the Republican Party to be with his candidacy.  Although he touts his conservative credentials …
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Byron York / The Corner:
Judges: McCain Responds  —  I got a moment with John McCain, after an airport rally here in Orlando, to ask him about a report today by John Fund quoting some unnamed conservatives quoting McCain to the effect that, in Fund's words, “[McCain] would be happy to appoint the likes of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Punditry and Redstate
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain hits Romney hard on Fla. radio  —  With polls showing the race too close for comfort, both McCain and Romney are ramping up the negativity.  —  Romney has sent out at least two tough robocalls attacking McCain for being insufficiently conservative.  —  And now McCain is airing …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Re: Fund and McCain
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Obama Rally with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy  —  Here are the remarks of Caroline Kennedy as prepared for delivery...  Here are the remarks of Senator Ted Kennedy as prepared for delivery...  Here are the remarks of Senator Obama as prepared for delivery...
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Kennedy Obama Endorsement Swipes Anti-Obama Clinton Talking Points  —  It was truly an extraordinary moment in American politics: there, on television, you could see three key Kennedy members passing the torch of the Kennedy family legacy to Democratic Senator Barack Obama …
CNN:
Kennedy: 'It's time now for Barack Obama'
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Dick Cheney Telecom Amnesty Bill Liveblog Thread #2
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: So, What's Next?
Discussion: ACSBlog
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama takes big risk on driver's license issue  —  (01-28) 04:00 PST Washington — Sen. Barack Obama easily won the African American vote in South Carolina, but to woo California Latinos, where he is running 3-to-1 behind rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, he is taking a giant risk …
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Clinton's Risky Gamble
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
NY NOW: “Betrayal!”  —  Whoa.  The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women attacked Ted Kennedy for his endorsement today with some real heat.. The Times Union reported it first (writing, “'Scathing' feels inadequate here."), and I confirmed its authenticity with the president of the organization, Marcia Pappas.
Discussion: The Corner and The XX Factor
CNN:
Huckabee challenges Romney over fried chicken  —  PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's failure to eat fried chicken with the skin on is nothing short of blasphemy here in the South, according to GOP rival Mike Huckabee.  —  Romney, of Massachusetts, dug into a piece fried chicken at KFC …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Jackson: Not Upset by Clinton Remarks  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson said late Sunday that he was not offended by comments on Saturday by former President Bill Clinton, who brought up Mr. Jackson's name in response to a question about Senator Barack Obama.  —  Mr. Clinton had noted that Mr. Jackson …
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Bush, GOP earmark cave-in: Conservatives are a base in search of a party  —  The White House is now confirming that President Bush won't be signing an executive order that could stop the vast majority of earmarks.  Instead, he's going to sign one “directing agencies to ignore …
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Economy, War To Dominate State of Union
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
January 28, 2008 - McCain, Romney Tops In Florida GOP Race, As Giuliani Fades, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Has 20-Point Lead Among Democrats  —  Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running neck and neck among Florida likely Republican voters …
Discussion: Zogby, FOX Embeds, The Trail and Spin Cycle
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CBS News:
Interrogator Shares Saddam's Confessions  —  (CBS) For a man who drew America into two wars and countless military engagements, we never knew what Saddam Hussein was thinking.  But you are going to hear more than has ever been revealed before.  —  After his capture, Saddam met every day with one man …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Author Toni Morrison Endorses Obama  —  ABC News' Rick Klein and Sunlen Miller Report: Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison — who famously declared Bill Clinton to be the nation's “first black president” in a 1998 essay — today endorsed Barack Obama for president, via letter from Morrison to the Illinois senator.
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Janet Reno endorses Clinton  —  Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who served in Bill Clinton's administration, is backing his wife in Tuesday's presidential primary.  —  Reno, who ran for governor in 2002 and served as Miami-Dade State Attorney, is one of Florida's best-known politicians.
Brian Wesbury / Wall Street Journal:
The Economy Is Fine (Really)  —  It is hard to imagine any time in history when such rampant pessimism about the economy has existed with so little evidence of serious trouble.  —  True, retail sales fell 0.4% in December and fourth-quarter real GDP probably grew at only a 1.5% annual rate.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Cafe Hayek
Amy Waldman / The Atlantic Online:
The Truth About Jena  —  In the fall of 2006, Mychal Bell was a football hero, and his hometown, Jena, Louisiana, loved him for it.  As his high-school team posted its best season in six years, Bell scored 21 touchdowns, rushed for 1,006 yards, and was named player of the week three times by The Jena Times.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE CLINTONS ARE PLAYING THE RACE CARD.  —  How can one equal Bill Clinton for thuggery and opportunism when it comes to the so-called “race card”?  And where does one even start with the breathtaking nastiness of his own conduct, and that of his supporters, in the last week?
 
 
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