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1:25 AM ET, January 29, 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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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: New York Times and Donklephant
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 …
Discussion: The Corner, Stop The ACLU and Macsmind
readMedia:
Senator Ted Kennedy Betrays Women by Not Standing for Hillary Clinton for President
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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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 …
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama takes big risk on driver's license issue
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:   Giuliani: 'In The Past I've Done The Impossible'
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
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CNN:
Transcript of State of the Union address  —  This is the transcript from President Bush's final State of the Union address Monday, January 28.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
OKAY, I HAVE TO GLOAT JUST A BIT: Bush led off with earmarks.  His actions aren't as bold as I'd like, but still — back in 2005 when PorkBusters started, nobody in Washington cared and members of Congress were bragging about pork.  Now the State of the Union leads of with an attack on earmarks, to thundering applause.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
State Of The Union Live Blog
Discussion: The Corner and QandO
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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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 Recap
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate fails to get cloture on FISA amendments
Discussion: The Swamp and michellemalkin.com
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?
HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary Speaks Before the State of the Union  —  Thank you.  It is so good to be here in Hartford, back in Connecticut.  I am thrilled to see all of you.  I want to thank Nancy for her really kind words, but the part of it that touched me the most was when she said that she wanted me to be the president for her grandchildren.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
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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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Is Anyone Listening?  —  President Bush has a lot to accomplish …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Discourse.net
Frank James / The Swamp:
At SOTU, Obama's Clinton snub was the news
Discussion: New York Times
Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Dear Jonah: I Am Not Serious, Either
Discussion: Orcinus and Jesus' General
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
I'm the Worst!  —  According to a couple incoming e-mails …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olby names Mary Katharine Ham “worst person in the world”
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rangel says Senate is “on thin ice” with stimulus add ons
Discussion: New York Times
Ben / Think Progress:
Bush: 'Life's pretty comfortable inside the bubble.'
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Peter Wehner / The Corner:
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Dave Barry / Seattle Times:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
New York Poll: Clinton, McCain Have Wide Leads
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Sharpton to Bill Clinton: ‘Shut Up’
Amy Waldman / The Atlantic Online:
The Truth About Jena  —  In the fall of 2006, Mychal Bell …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs