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4:40 PM ET, January 29, 2008


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Accused Of Gay Baiting In Anti-Romney Attack  —  On the eve of the Florida Republican primary, Sen. John McCain launched a robo-call campaign attacking his rival Mitt Romney that some gay rights groups say amounts to gay baiting.  —  The call, which comes at the end of a hotly contested election …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Final Morning of Florida Polls
Discussion: Donklephant and PoliGazette
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist endorsement is surprising, risky
Discussion: TIME and Riehl World View
Marc Ambinder:
Romney's Major Florida Advantage
John Hood / The Corner:   Summed Up In A Phrase
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton, Obama steal Bush's final show  —  All eyes were on Democratic presidential frontrunners Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) Monday night as spectators and pundits followed their every move during President Bush's final State of the Union address.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Kennedy Mystique  —  Something fundamental has shifted in the Democratic Party.  —  Last week there was the widespread revulsion at the Clintons' toxic attempts to ghettoize Barack Obama.  In private and occasionally in public, leading Democrats lost patience with the hyperpartisan style of politics …
Los Angeles Times:
Kennedys for Clinton  —  She stands for Democrats and for the nation, these family members say.  —  This is a wonderful year for Democrats.  Our party is blessed with the most impressive array of primary candidates in modern history.  All would make superb presidents.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
For Democrats, a Gleeful State of the Union  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats never seemed so elated about the prospect of a major speech by President Bush.  Or of having it finished.  —  “I think everybody is ready to turn the page,” said Representative Mark Udall, Democratic of Colorado …
John Milburn / Associated Press:
Obama wins backing of Kansas governor
Matthew Yglesias:
A Surge of Applause  —  SOTU tea-leaf reading: … And there you have it.
Discussion: Firedoglake
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Hillary's word: It's worth nothing  —  COURTING VOTERS in Iowa and New Hampshire, last August Sen. Hillary Clinton signed a pledge not to “campaign or participate” in the Michigan or Florida Democratic primaries.  She participated in both primaries and is campaigning in Florida.
Marc Ambinder:
Tonight: Clinton Parties In Florida  —  Note: polls close in Florida at 7...and 8.  This event begins at 7.  —  Will this really help her?  She is going to be overshadowed tonight by the GOP contest.  This is would be like the New England Patiots celebrating a pre-season victory.  Weird.
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
Where Did All Those Gorgeous Russians Come From?  —  THE SAME PLACE AS THE UNGLAMOROUS ASSEMBLY-LINE WORKERS.  —  There was a particular historical moment, round about 1995 or so, when anyone entering a well-appointed drawing room, dining room, or restaurant in London was sure to encounter a beautiful Russian woman.
Washington Post / The Trail:
Richardson's Choice  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson's phone has been ringing off the hook.  Sen. Hillary Clinton called Sunday night.  That was followed by a call from former president Bill Clinton, then a call from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who's supporting Clinton.
Confederate Yankee:
Media Still Trying to Martyr Obama  —  We've covered this ground before.  For reasons they will not openly disclose, media worldwide are hooked on the possibility that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will be assassinated.  —  As noted by Mark Finkelstein this morning on Newsbusters …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:   Sick Of The “American Idol” Presidential Race
James Glanz / New York Times:
An American Builder's Failures in Iraq Are Found to Have Been More Widespread  —  Rebuilding failures by one of the most heavily criticized companies working in Iraq, the American construction giant Parsons, were much more widespread than previously disclosed and touched on nearly every aspect …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Robert Kagan on the McCain/Romney Surge Controversy  —  Robert Kagan, a McCain advisor, writes in response to this post:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Commentary
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Obama as Reagan  —  Rod fears that a President Obama would be the Democrats' Reagan, transforming politics for years to come and moving the country significantly to the left.  (Obama himself, of course, essentially made the same comparison in his Reagan comments.)
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
The fantasy of a ‘post-racial’ election  —  I am so sick of hearing “post-racial” bleated in the MSM over and over, seemingly in a desperate attempt to see Barack Obama's successes so far in garnering diverse support as a sign that somehow, voters are looking beyond race.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Feministe
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
‘Pell Grants for Kids’ = Vouchers  —  In 2001, when the White House decided it would work with congressional Dems on No Child Left Behind legislation, Dems made one thing perfectly clear: no vouchers.  Plenty of ideas were on the table, but there was simply no way Dems would support …
Robert Nolin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Primary day glitches few but frustrating  —  South Florida voters took to the polls in force Tuesday, setting the stage for what may be a record turnout for a primary election, deciding a make-or-break race for Republican presidential hopefuls and the fate of property tax reform.
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Paul Krugman:
An Iraq recession?  —  One thing I get asked fairly often …
Chris / TVNewser:
Clinton Cancels on the Cablers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
SOTU  —  I tried not to watch it and failed.  It felt phoned in.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ari Berman / The Nation:
George W. Bush / White House:
President Bush Signs H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act …
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Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Members Who Have Sworn Off Earmarks
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Obama Raises More Than $4 million Online Over the Weekend
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Matthews To McCain: ‘The President Gave Your Speech Tonight’
Discussion: D-Day and Political Machine
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE GAYS  —  PJM Oslo: Once an oasis of tolerance …
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
DISAPPOINTING SEBELIUS.  —  The Internet Gods chose last night …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The dismal state of George W. Bush
Discussion: The Nation and The Reaction
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Markos Calls Us Out
Paul Davenport / Associated Press:
Rep. Grijalva switches to Obama from Edwards
Chicago Tribune:
Cash to fugitive's family