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7:50 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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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 …
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: Macsmind and JammieWearingFool
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Kennedy Calls Obama ‘New Generation of Leadership’  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy implored Americans on Monday to “reject the counsels of doubt and calculation,” as he extended his endorsement and placed the aura of his family's name around the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama.
CNN:
Kennedy: 'It's time now for Barack Obama'
Discussion: PrezVid and politburo diktat 2.0
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Kennedy Endorsement Gives Obama Key Boost
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Kennedy Obama Endorsement Swipes Anti-Obama Clinton Talking Points
Discussion: Washington Post and Gateway Pundit
Peter Wehner / The Corner:   Barack & Bork  —  According to the Drudge Report …
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: So, What's Next?
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
FISA Reauthorization Vote
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, TPM Election Central and Hot Air
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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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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 …
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 …
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?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain hits Romney hard on Fla. radio  —  With polls showing the race too close for comfort, both McCain and Romney are ramping up the negativity.  —  Romney has sent out at least two tough robocalls attacking McCain for being insufficiently conservative.  —  And now McCain is airing …
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Romney Links McCain to Democrats — Even Kerry
Discussion: The Trail and AMERICAblog
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.
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
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Bush, GOP earmark cave-in: Conservatives are a base in search of a party  —  The White House is now confirming that President Bush won't be signing an executive order that could stop the vast majority of earmarks.  Instead, he's going to sign one “directing agencies to ignore …
 
 
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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: Hot Air
MicCheck Radio / Center for American Progress:
We've Got 99 Problems, But A Human-Animal Hybrid Ain't One
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain to get Gov. Rell endorsement
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Bid to Block Amendments on Surveillance Bill Fails
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JTA:
Obama tells Jews: ‘I never practiced Islam’
Amy Waldman / The Atlantic Online:
The Truth About Jena  —  In the fall of 2006, Mychal Bell …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Brian Wesbury / Wall Street Journal:
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