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12:55 PM ET, January 28, 2008


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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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Team Obama Is Courting Everybody But the Press  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — When reporters filed onto Barack Obama's press plane after his acrimonious debate with Hillary Rodham Clinton last week, one thing was noticeably missing amid the wine and snacks on the Boeing 737.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gains, But Still Lags In Big States  —  Barack Obama's overwhelming weekend victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary gives him new momentum in the run-up to the near-national nominating contest a week from tomorrow, known as Super Tuesday.  —  But Mr. Obama heads into the 22-state showdown as the underdog.
Sam Graham-Felsen /
Toni Morrison endorses Barack Obama  —  Nobel Prize winning author and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Toni Morrison today endorsed Senator Barack Obama in a letter citing the need for the country to embrace this rare opportunity to vote for change.  Toni Morrison has been a voice of leadership …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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 …
New York Times:
Kennedy Chooses Obama, Spurning Plea by Clintons
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Super Tuesday looks close for Democrats
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Washington Times:
Giuliani falls far behind in Florida  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida now appears to be a two-way race between Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, as two new polls show Rudolph W. Giuliani losing support after skipping six straight presidential-nomination contests.
Discussion: Commentary
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A RUN ON THE BANK  —  Every indication is that Rudy Giuliani …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
McCain edges into Florida lead: poll
Discussion: Boston Globe
Jacob Weisberg / New York Times:
The Bush Who Got Away  —  AS George W. Bush prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address, it's worth revisiting the first speech he gave to a joint session of Congress.  His valedictory words tonight will provide an opportunity to reflect on the kind of president Mr. Bush was.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Senate may add to stimulus package
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's at stake today in the Senate's FISA filibuster vote  —  Last August, the Democratic Congress amended FISA when it passed the Protect America Act because the Bush administration and Mike McConnell shrilly warned — literally — that the country would be attacked by The Terrorists if they didn't do so immediately.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cato-at-liberty
CBS News:
Interrogator Shares Saddam's Confessions
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
CIA Largely in the Dark on Interrogation Tactics  —  In a bucolic field two miles north of Mount Vernon, beside a baseball diamond in Fort Hunt Park, Va., about 20 veterans of a secret World War II intelligence unit gathered together last year for the first time since 1946.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and toohotfortnr
Matthew Yglesias:
The Torture History  —  Spencer Ackerman has a big ol' feature …
Discussion: Unfogged
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 …
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part I  —  FALLUJAH - At the end of 2006 there were 3,000 Marines in Fallujah.  Despite what you might expect during a surge of troops to Iraq, that number has been reduced by 90 percent.  All Iraqi Army soldiers have likewise redeployed from the city.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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.
Chicago Sun Times:
Tony Rezko arrested  —  FROM SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS  —  Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a key fundraiser for Gov. Blagojevich and other Illinois politicians, was arrested early today by federal agents after prosecutors alleged he had violated terms of the bond in his fraud case.
Brian Beutler:
Endorsements  —  Before today, the conventional wisdom about the Democratic endorsements (at least such as there was one) suggested that Clinton—the establishmentarian and the national front-runner—would get the bulk of significant endorsements.  And, indeed, before the news that Ted Kennedy …
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In defence of the right to offend
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
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Roger Runningen / Bloomberg:
President Bush to Curtail Congressional Earmarks
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Stay Optimistic, Mr. President
Discussion: Sadly, No!
5 U.S. troops killed in Mosul
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Obama takes big risk on driver's license issue
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Gaza buried in flour
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton Irks Immigrants' Advocates
New York Post:
NOT SO SECRET  —  HUMA Abedin, the traveling aide who is rarely …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
John M. Broder / New York Times:
McCain, Long a G.O.P. Maverick, Is Gaining Mainstream Support
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton To Vote “No” …