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4:15 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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Washington Post:
John Edwards to Quit Presidential Race  —  John Edwards will end his presidential bid today, a source close to the Edwards campaign confirmed.  —  The former North Carolina senator is scheduled to speak in New Orleans this afternoon — an appearance billed as an anti-poverty speech …
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Ralph Nader Flirts with Presidential Bid  —  With Harsh Words for Current Field, Nader Says Candidacy as Urgent as Ever  —  Ralph Nader has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and said in an interview Wednesday that he will launch another presidential bid if he's convinced …
CNN:
Edwards quitting presidential race  —  (CNN) — Former Sen. John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has learned.  —  Edwards has told top advisers about his decision.  It is expected he will announce it at a speech in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Why John Edwards Won  —  John Edwards ends his presidential candidacy today.  This is not surprising news: He finished third in every single contest except for Iowa, where he narrowly beat Hillary Clinton.  Going forward, he doesn't have the money or the organization to compete with either her or Barack Obama.
The New Republic:
Why Edwards Lost: A Response to Cohn
Discussion: The Corner
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 27-29, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has now cut the gap with Hillary Clinton to 6 percentage points among Democrats nationally in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking three-day average, and interviewing conducted …
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Mukasey's painstaking approach to waterboarding
Discussion: New York Times
Digby / Hullabaloo:
It Depends On What The Definition Of Conscience Is
Dick Morris / The Hill:
McCain may win, Romney can't  —  Some may agree with Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) positions on his myriad of causes and enthusiasms.  Others may embrace Mitt Romney's record as governor and his experience in business.  But one fact remains pre-eminent — McCain has a much better chance …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Open Left
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
US AND THEM....You already knew this, but the Bush administration is nuts.  Here's exhibit #3,886: … It's dumb enough that we have a policy of refusing to speak to Iran in the first place, as if merely talking to them would give us geopolitical cooties.  But to repeatedly get bent …
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New York Times:
At White House, a Second Look at Iraq Troop Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Four months after announcing troop reductions in Iraq, President Bush is now sending signals that the cuts may not continue past this summer, a development likely to infuriate Democrats and renew concerns among military planners about strains on the force.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Edwards Adviser Joe Trippi: Hillary And Obama Are “Banging Down The Doors” For Our Endorsement  —  Top Edwards adviser Joe Trippi just confirmed to me by phone that the Hillary and Obama campaigns are already working overtime to woo Edwards to their sides — even before his official dropout speech.
Washington Wire:
A King Backs Clinton  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from Little Rock, Ark.  —  As the Obama campaign basks in the Kennedy glow, chief rival Sen. Hillary Clinton picked up an endorsement today from a larger-than-life southern entertainer known for his sideburns and white rhinestone-studded jumpsuit.
Discussion: Brian Beutler and Suitably Flip
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
U.S. Rep. Davis to Retire, Ending 14-Year Tenure in Congress  —  U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) said today he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, bringing to a close a 14-year stint in the House of Representatives during which he rose rapidly through the ranks …
Discussion: Brian Beutler and DownWithTyranny!
Wall Street Journal:
The Daniel Pearl Standard  —  This week marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of my son Daniel Pearl, a reporter for this newspaper.  It is a fitting occasion to step back and reflect on what this tragedy has taught us.  —  I am often asked why Danny's death has touched so many people and why he …
Max Holland / Washington DeCoded:
Commission Confidential  —  EXTRA  —  In a revelation bound to cast a pall over the 9/11 Commission, Philip Shenon will report in a forthcoming book that the panel's executive director, Philip Zelikow, engaged in “surreptitious” communications with presidential adviser Karl Rove …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What “bipartisanship” in Washington means  —  (updated below)  —  Whenever the mavens of “bipartisanship” attempt to do more than spout pretty platitudes, they invariably reveal just how vapid and bereft of substance are their slogans.  Former Sen. Bob Graham — who recently joined David Boren …
Discussion: Open Left and Slog
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Richard T. Cullen / The Politico:
Davis will not seek reelection
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama and The Gays
National Review:
The Right Guy?  —  It's looking more and more like John McCain …
David Brooks / Campaign Stops:
What Florida Taught Me  —  Here are a few things I learned Tuesday night.
Wall Street Journal:
Terminated  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger's “universal” …
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
On To The McCain-Kennedy Ticket  —  Oh, stop whining.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Compassionate to the End  —  When President Bush took …