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12:40 PM ET, January 29, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 and PoliGazette
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.
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.
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.
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: TIME and Riehl World View
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy ready - to quit?
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.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
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: RADAMISTO
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Question of Timing on Bush's Push on Earmarks  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has never shown much distaste for Congressional pork.  —  But in his last year in office, with his party out of power on Capitol Hill, he declared Monday that he had had enough.
The Politico:   Earmark debate roils GOP ranks
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.
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