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2:50 PM ET, January 28, 2008


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Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Janet Reno endorses Clinton  —  Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who served in Bill Clinton's administration, is backing his wife in Tuesday's presidential primary.  —  Reno, who ran for governor in 2002 and served as Miami-Dade State Attorney, is one of Florida's best-known politicians.
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.
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.
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 …
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
January 28, 2008 - McCain, Romney Tops In Florida GOP Race, As Giuliani Fades, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Has 20-Point Lead Among Democrats  —  Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running neck and neck among Florida likely Republican voters …
Discussion: FOX Embeds and The Trail
Washington Times:
Giuliani falls far behind in Florida
Discussion: Commentary and The Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain hits Romney hard on Fla. radio
Discussion: The Swamp and Commentary
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Re: Fund and McCain
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.
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.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Actual CNN Headline: “Huckabee Challenges Romney Over Fried Chicken”  —  It gets harder and harder to tell the difference between The Most Trusted Name In News and The Onion every day. … What.  The.  Hell.  Who cares how Willard eats his fried chicken?  —  But pizza?  That's something else entirely.
CNN:   Huckabee challenges Romney over fried chicken
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.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Test  —  Inside the Clinton and Obama war rooms, they've spent months preparing for Super Tuesday by shaping and reshaping two candidates with similar politics — but very different worldviews.  —  Photographs by Shiho Fukada  —  The tableau on Odell Clark Place in Harlem …
Discussion: FOX Embeds and The Page
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton Irks Immigrants' Advocates  —  Immigrant-rights advocates and some Latino leaders are voicing concern at Senator Clinton's campaign-trail rhetoric about swiftly deporting immigrants with a criminal past.  —  A vow to give the boot to criminal aliens has become an almost daily part …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES.  —  Throughout this primary, there's been very little I could bank on.
Brian Wesbury / Wall Street Journal:
The Economy Is Fine (Really)  —  It is hard to imagine …
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France seeks to limit US role in arms sale
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Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
Bloomberg's Enabler  —  Can a billionaire Democrat turned …
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Open borders + campaign finance hypocrisy + eco-radicalism …
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In defence of the right to offend
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New Home Sales Fall by Record Amount
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