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10:40 AM ET, January 29, 2008

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Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: McCain Lead Widens As Primary Election Day Dawns in Florida  —  Giuliani, Huckabee tied in battle for distant third place  —  UTICA, New York - Arizona Sen. John McCain's lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is growing wider as the Republican campaign ends …
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist endorsement is surprising, risky … For Rudy Giuliani, Nov. 18 was to be a pivotal day on his march to the Republican nomination.  —  Popular Gov. Charlie Crist was to anoint him as the best choice for Florida Republicans, and the two of them, starting in St. Petersburg …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Marc Ambinder:
Romney's Major Florida Advantage  —  Mitt Romney's had an 8 to 1 television ad advantage in Florida... part of the reason why he's made the competitive.  Heck, most of the reason he's made the race competitive has been his ads.  —  According to Neilsen, he's run 4,475 ads compared to John McCain's 470 through 1/22.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Final Morning of Florida Polls
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
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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.
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
The Story of the George Bush Presidency: Unstable, Unfinished & Uncomprehending  —  Hard to believe, but I still can muster a modicum of sympathy for George Walker Bush.  This is because it is apparent after the last seven long years that this son of the Texas oil patch really didn't know what hit him …
Discussion: www.kansascity.com
Frank James / Chicago Tribune:
At SOTU, Obama's Clinton snub was the news
Discussion: Spin Cycle and TalkLeft
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
No Chitchat Between Clinton and Obama
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:   Camelot '08 Overshadows Bush Speech
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Bush's End Game
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olby names Mary Katharine Ham “worst person in the world”  —  What deadly sin could she have committed to earn such a distinction?  Quote: … Mind you, she's referring to a man whom certain members of the press literally offered to fellate.  But never mind that.
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CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Obama Wins Big in South Carolina; Bill Clinton Scolds Journalists  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): Race talk.  Barack Obama stuns the media establishment …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and RADAMISTO
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:   I'm the Worst!  —  According to a couple incoming e-mails …
Chicago Tribune:
Cash to fugitive's family  —  Some of the $3.5 million went to pay off certain Rezko debts, while $20,000 went to the family of Alber Najjar, who also had extensive connections with Rezko's food companies but became a federal fugitive in 2004 when he fled to Lebanon following his indictment on bookmaking charges, prosecutors said.
New York Times:
Text of the State of the Union Address  —  Following is the text of President Bush's State of the Union address on Monday, as transcribed by the Federal News Service:  —  Thank you, Madame Speaker.  Thank you all.  —  Madame Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress …
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Paul Davenport / Associated Press:
Rep. Grijalva switches to Obama from Edwards  —  PHOENIX — Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona is endorsing Barack Obama after earlier backing John Edwards in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Grijalva cited Obama's electability and his intention to …
Common Dreams:
Senator Ted Kennedy Betrays Women by Not Standing for Hillary Clinton for President;  —  Ultimate Betrayal Felt by Women Everywhere  —  Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal.  Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary Clinton's opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Sister Toldjah
 
 
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