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11:05 AM 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.
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.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton's Camp Seeks Gentler Role for Ex-President  —  Democrats inside and outside the Clinton campaign on Sunday debated and in some cases bemoaned the degree to which former President Bill Clinton's criticism of Senator Barack Obama last week had inflicted lasting damage on his wife's presidential candidacy.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Desperate Husband  —  In the run-up to Saturday's South Carolina primary, Bill Clinton repeatedly denounced racial divisions in American politics.  Indeed, he said Friday in Spartanburg, Americans are “literally aching to live in a post-racial future."  —  But Clinton certainly hasn't been hastening that day.
New York Times:
Kennedy Chooses Obama, Spurning Plea by Clintons  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Senator Edward M. Kennedy, rejecting entreaties from the Clintons and their supporters, is set to endorse Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid on Monday as part of an effort to lend Kennedy charisma and connections …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Morrison Endorses Obama for President
Discussion: Althouse and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Toni Morrison  —  Rick Klein reports that Toni Morrison will endorse Obama today.
Discussion: The Swamp
Scott MacKay / Providence Journal:
Kennedys to back Obama
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Gets Endorsement Boost, leads again in Florida  —  Giuliani passes Huckabee; is stuck in a distant third place  —  UTICA, New York - In what's become a two-man game for the Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain now holds a slim lead over rival Mitt Romney …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A RUN ON THE BANK  —  Every indication is that Rudy Giuliani is sinking like a stone in Florida.  Barring a miracle, he'll finish either a bit above or a bit below Mike Huckabee.  Once Florida Republicans saw that Rudy was dropping in the polls, I think a lot of them jumped ship …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney dings McCain on Dem ties
Discussion: TownHall Blog
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Winging It  —  John McCain has a golden opportunity to make peace with conservatives.
Discussion: Hot Air
John Whitesides / Reuters:
McCain edges into Florida lead: poll
Discussion: Boston Globe
Washington Times:
Giuliani falls far behind in Florida
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Economy, War To Dominate State of Union  —  Bush's Challenge May Be Getting People to Listen  —  For years, President Bush and his advisers expressed frustration that the White House received little credit for the nation's strong economic performance because of public discontent about the Iraq war.
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Open Nomination, ‘Superdelegates’ May Hold Key to Victory
Discussion: 2008 Democratic …
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton To Vote “No” On Cloture Tomorrow UPDATE: Barack Obama Will Be There Too  —  According to the Clinton campaign, Hillary Clinton will be in the Senate tomorrow to vote “no” on cloture on the Intel version of the FISA bill.  The vote is scheduled to take place at 4:30 pm tomorrow.
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
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Gordon B. Hinckley, Mormon Leader, Is Dead at 97  —  Gordon B. Hinckley, the president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who led Mormonism through a period of global expansion, died Sunday at his apartment in Salt Lake City.  He was 97.
New York Post:
NOT SO SECRET  —  HUMA Abedin, the traveling aide who is rarely out of Hillary Rodham Clinton's sight, has been seen with bachelor Rep. Anthony Weiner on the campaign trail.  Shortly before Clinton arrived for a fund-raiser Thursday night at the Hiro club in the Meatpacking District …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Strategizing for Super Tuesday  —  Candidates Refine Plans As They Vie for Delegates In Coast-to-Coast Contest  —  For weeks, presidential candidates have waged battle one state at a time.  But now the race enters a new phase, with candidates delving into the complex coast-to-coast contest known …
Discussion: Washington Post and MSNBC
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Races Entering Complex Phase Over Delegates
Discussion: Balkinization
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
CIA Largely in the Dark on Interrogation Tactics
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Gaza buried in flour
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Brian Beutler:
Endorsements  —  Before today, the conventional wisdom …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton Irks Immigrants' Advocates
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Yemen's Deals With Jihadists Unsettle the U.S.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Value of U.S. House's Carbon Offsets Is Murky
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Royal Pay at Delphi, Reined in by a Judge
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The War Over the War  —  McCain and Romney face off over Iraq.
Wall Street Journal:
12-Step Earmark Withdrawal
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Who Is Whispering in Romney's Ear?
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Dishonest Attack
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Warns: “There Will Be Other Wars”