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9:35 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 “the ultimate betrayal”; Update: “Psychological gang bang”?  —  So packed with identity politics irony I'm almost misty over it.  After weeks of hand-wringing by the commentariat over the race card, here comes the gender card taped …
CNN:
Clinton campaign advisers: Bill Clinton ‘needs to stop’  —  (CNN) - Democratic sources supportive of and regularly in touch with the Clinton campaign describe what one calls “a huge wave” of sentiment that Bill Clinton “needs to stop."  —  The sources — who requested anonymity …
Discussion: Donklephant
Peter Wehner / The Corner:   Barack & Bork  —  According to the Drudge Report …
CNN:
Kennedy: 'It's time now for Barack Obama'
Discussion: PrezVid and politburo diktat 2.0
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 …
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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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dick Cheney Telecom Amnesty Bill Liveblog Thread #4
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dick Cheney Telecom Amnesty Bill Recap
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Bid to Block Amendments on Surveillance Bill Fails
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate fails to get cloture on FISA amendments
Discussion: The Swamp and michellemalkin.com
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
FISA Reauthorization Vote
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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.
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stephenbainbridge.com:
McCain and Judges  —  Byron York corners (pardon the pun) …
Discussion: The Corner and The American Mind
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Winging It  —  John McCain has a golden opportunity to make peace with conservatives.
The Campaign Spot:   McCain on Fund's Alito Quote: I Don't Recall Saying That
David Mark / The Politico:
Poll: Obama trails Clinton in Calif.  —  Barack Obama continues to trail Hillary Rodham Clinton in California by a wide margin, according to a new Politico/CNN/Los Angeles Times poll, while John McCain has expanded his lead over Mitt Romney.  —  Clinton won the support of 49 percent …
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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 …
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?
Think Progress:
Embargoed: State of the Union Text  —  We'll start respecting White House embargoes when they start telling the truth.  Here is President Bush's FINAL State of the Union address:  —  EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY January 28, 2008  —  STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS  —  As Prepared for Delivery
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and D-Day
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dick Morris' Insight  —  Yes, he has them - and when they're good, they're great: … It's the community organizer in him.  Only now the community he is organizing is an entire country.  I do think this is an important aspect to Obama's liberalism that provides a bridge to conservatism.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP: Dem Effort to Extend Surveillance Law That Must Not Lapse Is Unacceptable  —  The race is on to determine which Republican can best walk and chew gum at the same time: that is, simultaneously fear-monger about the lapse of the Protect America Act while at the same time rejecting Democratic efforts to extend it for thirty days.
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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
 
 
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Failure of Normality  —  The unhappy lessons of the Thompson campaign.
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton Irks Immigrants' Advocates
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Stirring the Hate?
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
MicCheck Radio / Center for American Progress:
We've Got 99 Problems, But A Human-Animal Hybrid Ain't One
Michelle Malkin:
State of the Grab Bag Address 2008
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
New York Poll: Clinton, McCain Have Wide Leads
Mike Carney / On Deadline:
White House releases guest list for State of the Union
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Sharpton to Bill Clinton: ‘Shut Up’
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Bush, GOP earmark cave-in: Conservatives are a base in search of a party
Amy Waldman / The Atlantic Online:
The Truth About Jena  —  In the fall of 2006, Mychal Bell …