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11:35 AM ET, January 29, 2008


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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.
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 …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
The Story of the George Bush Presidency: Unstable, Unfinished & Uncomprehending
Los Angeles Times:
Kennedys for Clinton  —  She stands for Democrats and for the nation …
Discussion: MSNBC and The RBC
Frank James / The Swamp:
At SOTU, Obama's Clinton snub was the news
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:   Camelot '08 Overshadows Bush Speech
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
No Chitchat Between Clinton and Obama
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Final Morning of Florida Polls  —  American Research Group released their latest Florida tracking survey this morning.  The poll sampled 600 likely Republican primary voters from January 27-28 and has a MoE of +/- 4%.  —  Gov. Romney is statistically tied for the lead with 34%.
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy ready - to quit?
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush, Facing Woes in '08, Focuses on War and Taxes
Discussion: The House Next Door
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.
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and RADAMISTO
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's End Game  —  In Ronald Reagan's last year in office, he traveled to Moscow for a summit and signed arms deals.  In Bill Clinton's final year, he negotiated to the very end before failing to get a Mideast peace deal thanks to Yasser Arafat's duplicity.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Final Year's Realities Push Big Ideas Into Background
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Liberal Values
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.
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 …
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New York Times:
The State of the Union  —  Six years ago, President Bush began …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Markos Calls Us Out
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Student Dispute Threatens Montclair State's Paper
James Oliphant / Chicago Tribune:
More FISA fallout  —  This week's fracas over the Foreign …
Agence France Presse:
Hollywood couple sentenced in maid ‘slave’ case
Robin Toner / New York Times:
High Enthusiasm Propels Democrats
 Earlier Items: 
Ronan Farrow / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N.'s Human-Rights Sham
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Question of Timing on Bush's Push on Earmarks
Man admits plot to behead soldier
Discussion: Harry's Place and Biased BBC
David Thompson:
Lefties Revisited  —  A few months ago, I posted a short extract …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Investing in America  —  On a quiet Wednesday morning last August …
Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Dear Jonah: I Am Not Serious, Either
Discussion: Orcinus and Jesus' General