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11:50 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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Krooney / The Page:
THE “STOP ROMNEY” COALITION  —  Giuliani to endorse McCain Wednesday in California.  —  Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.  —  McCain topper Rick Davis quietly negotiated the agreement.  —  Giuliani, in Florida concession speech …
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You Decide 08!:
MCCAIN TRIUMPHS IN HARD-FOUGHT FLORIDA PRIMARY  —  John McCain pulled out a win in a squeaker of a Republican presidential primary contest in Florida Tuesday, besting archrival Mitt Romney and leaving strong indications that Rudy Giuliani is preparing to abandon his race and back McCain.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Ridiculous Early Analysis  —  If the Florida results remain as close as the exit polls make it appear, nothing is going to be resolved tonight on the Republican side with the frontrunners.  If John McCain wins it by a point or two, he gets all the delegates and the headlines that he is the winner …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
For Giuliani, a Dizzying Free-Fall  —  Perhaps he was living an illusion all along.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani's campaign for the Republican nomination for president took impressive wing last year, as the former mayor wove the pain experienced by his city on Sept. 11, 2001, and his leadership that followed into national celebrity.
Associated Press:
Romney vows to carry on campaign
Discussion: AMERICAblog
John Hood / The Corner:
The Huck Factor  —  Looking at the exits, it seems clear …
Discussion: The XX Factor and The Gate
The Campaign Spot:
First (?) Wave of Florida Exits, Revealed  —  The first wave of exit poll numbers, including absentees: McCain 34.3 percent, Romney 32.6 percent, Giuliani 15.3 percent, Huckabee 12 percent.  —  UPDATE: Interestingly a second source — yes, guardians of the exit poll data …
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Robert Perez / Orlando Sentinel:
Area voters in Florida Primary are reporting problems at polls  —  One voter was told by poll workers there was no Democratic primary today  —  On Florida Primary day, voters are reporting problems across Central Florida from Daytona Beach to Hunter's Creek.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
What Democratic Primary?  —  The Orlando Sentinel reports …
Discussion: D-Day
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain 33, Romney 32?  —  That's what's going around as the early exits.
CNN:
Exit polls: Conservatives choose Romney over McCain
Discussion: The Swamp and DownWithTyranny!
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.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton ‘wins’ Florida Democratic primary
Discussion: New York Times
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Did Obama Hand the Clintons a Talking Point?
The Corner:
It's All Over  —  Assuming there is no shocking revelation or health issue, the GOP nomination is over.  Conservatives need to start practicing the phrase “Nominee presumptive John McCa....."  —  Sorry, I can't say it.  Not yet.  —  But it's true.  When the campaign comes here to Massachusetts …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lieberman Rules Out Running With McCain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who nearly won the vice presidency as a Democrat in 2000, says there's no way he'll be Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate should McCain become the party's presidential nominee.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN'S BASE PROBLEM....I'm not saying anything here that we don't already know, but the Florida exit polls confirm that John McCain has a big problem.  As expected, he does well among independents and moderates, but also as expected, he does less well among Republicans and conservatives.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘El nos entiende’  —  Obama's up with this spot in Arizona and California, starring Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Chicago's Hispanic congressman.  —  But there's a hint of more to come: It opens with a still of Teddy Kennedy.  —  Earlier Spanish-language spots tried to make an immigrant connection …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Spin Cycle
Faiz / Think Progress:
Scarborough: McCain's Platform Is ‘Less Jobs And More Wars’  —  During the coverage of this evening's Florida primary results, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough discussed the impact of John McCain's victory with Pat Buchanan.  The Republican establishment will rally around McCain and say “he's the guy …
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Army Blocks Disability Paperwork Aid at Fort Drum  —  Listen Now  —  · Army officials in upstate New York instructed representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs not to help disabled soldiers at Fort Drum Army base with their military disability paperwork last year.
 
 
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
FISA Bill in 30 Seconds, by Russ Feingold
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Romney  —  I'll shut up after this post, but Romney has been ON since Michigan.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Mukasey: CIA doesn't use waterboarding
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Al Wynn Goes After ‘Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy’
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Edwards nixes campaign stops for speech
xkcd:
Politics  —  Okay, politics time.  —  I'm a political junkie …
Discussion: Corrente
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the Sunshine Primary
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Archbishop of Canterbury calls for new law to punish ‘thoughtless or cruel’ words
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Cannabis bigger cancer risk than cigarettes: study
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Florida Primary Results: First Live Thread
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
I Have Questions for Barack Obama
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Mitt'n'Mac  —  I think I agree with Andrew Stuttaford …
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Commentary: Kennedy nod may be key for Hispanics
Paul Krugman:
An Iraq recession?  —  One thing I get asked fairly often …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Accused Of Gay Baiting In Anti-Romney Attack