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6:40 PM ET, January 28, 2008

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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.
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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...
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Awesomely awesome: NOW NYS calls Teddy's endorsement of Obama …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Kennedy Obama Endorsement Swipes Anti-Obama Clinton Talking Points
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Kennedy Endorsement Gives Obama Key Boost
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: TownHall Blog, Punditry and Redstate
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani hints at dropping out  —  Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination.  —  In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., a short while ago, the onetime …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Hot Air
New York Times:
McCain and Romney Trade Sharp Attacks
Discussion: The Politico
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Today's FISA vote  —  This morning, I wrote extensively about today's vote on the FISA filibuster and related matters here, but am starting a new post now to live-blog the proceedings, which have now begun in the Senate (and can be viewed on C-SPAN here).  That earlier post should be read for background.
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
What we do in the Senate . . . echoes in eternity!
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Reid: GOP “Cynical” Approach to Surveillance Bill
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: So, What's Next?
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
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 …
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Actual CNN Headline: “Huckabee Challenges Romney Over Fried Chicken”
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dick Cheney Telecom Amnesty Bill Liveblog Thread #4  —  Cloture vote fails, 48-45, with Landrieu, Ben Nelson and Mark Pryor voting with the Republicans.  —  McCONNELL: Urges everyone to vote against 30 day extension.  Said they may have to do a “short extension” but the President has said he will veto a 30 day.
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues and D-Day
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Bid to Block Amendments on Surveillance Bill Fails
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lessons of 1992  —  It's starting to feel a bit like 1992 again.  A Bush is in the White House, the economy is a mess, and there's a candidate who, in the view of a number of observers, is running on a message of hope, of moving past partisan differences, that resembles Bill Clinton's campaign 16 years ago.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
New York Poll: Clinton, McCain Have Wide Leads  —  New York Republican vote appears very fluid, however  —  PRINCETON, NJ — New USA Today/Gallup polling looks at the state of the presidential race in New York, some 10 days before this state votes as part of the crucial Super Tuesday set of primaries.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
California Poll: Clinton Leads, McCain and Romney Close
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?
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Sharpton to Bill Clinton: ‘Shut Up’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday weighed in on the raging debate inside the Democratic Party over former President Bill Clinton's advocacy on behalf of his wife's campaign, with two choice words for the former president: “Shut up.”
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JTA:
Obama tells Jews: ‘I never practiced Islam’  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama confronted rumors that he is a secret Muslim in a conference call with the Jewish news media.  —  “It is very important for everybody to know that it is fake,” Obama, a Democratic presidential contender, said Monday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Fix
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Ben Harris / JTA Election Central:
JTA PODCAST: Obama addresses Jewish concerns
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Michelle Malkin:
State of the Grab Bag Adress 2008  —  I'll be liveblogging the State of the Union Address at 8pm Eastern, if I can drag myself out of depression.  Electile dysfunction.  Whatever it's called.  These annual rituals have become dreary exercises in grand government grab-bag rhetoric.
Dave Barry / Seattle Times:
An insider's guide to Florida's primary  —  On Tuesday, millions of Florida voters will head for the polls.  Being Floridians, many of them will become confused and drive into buildings, canals, cemeteries, other Floridians, etc.  But some will actually make it to the polls …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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
 
 
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SOTU Preview, From the White House
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Spitzer Is Shortchanging City, Mayor Says
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