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2:25 PM ET, January 29, 2008


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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
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 and TIME
Bill Nichols / The Politico:
Voters decide winner in McCain-Romney fight
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Ambinder:
Romney's Major Florida Advantage
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain sends out harsh robocall hitting Mitt from right
Marc Ambinder:
Does A McCain Radio Ad Gaybait?
Alex Frangos / Wall Street Journal:
Age May Help McCain in Florida
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 …
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:   Bill: Hillary would be good for economy
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Machine and The Field
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.
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.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Obama ‘Backer’ Rezko Ordered to Jail
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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: Liberal Values and New York Times
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Obama Mines Small, Traditionally Red States
Discussion: TIME
The Politico:
Earmark debate roils GOP ranks  —  President Bush made a war on earmarks a key priority of his State of the Union address Monday night — but Republicans remain paralyzed by internal struggles over how to curb their addiction to spending projects.  —  Even as Bush called on Congress …
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The dismal state of George W. Bush  —  In his last annual speech to Congress, the president used Osama bin Laden to justify Iraq, bravely denounced pork-barrel spending and waxed amnesiac about Iran.  —  US President George W. Bush delivers the final State of the Union address of his presidency …
Discussion: The Nation and The Reaction
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
DISAPPOINTING SEBELIUS.  —  The Internet Gods chose last night, smack in the middle of the State of the Union, to crash the Prospect site, so please excuse our lack of live commentary on the speech.  I had been excited about Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' official Democratic rejoinder, but her speech left me cold.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Budget Policy in the SOTU
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Confederate Yankee:
Media Still Trying to Martyr Obama
John Hood / The Corner:
Summed Up In A Phrase
George Will / Indianapolis Star:
Running against Clintons
Discussion: The Corner and TownHall Blog
Robert Nolin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Primary day glitches few but frustrating
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
The fantasy of a ‘post-racial’ election
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE GAYS  —  PJM Oslo: Once an oasis of tolerance …
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Robert Kagan on the McCain/Romney Surge Controversy
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The Raw Story:
Huckabee's ‘secret weapon’ could be breaking campaign finance laws
Discussion: Hot Air
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Markos Calls Us Out
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Student Dispute Threatens Montclair State's Paper
James Glanz / New York Times:
An American Builder's Failures in Iraq Are Found to Have Been More Widespread
New York Times:
Acrimony Reigns Among Republicans