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5:10 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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.
The New Republic:
Why Edwards Lost: A Response to Cohn
Discussion: The Corner
Comment is free:
John Edwards's indelible mark
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
The Return of Nader  —  Ralph Nader has formed a presidential …
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 …
Associated Press:
Giuliani to exit presidential race today  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he's abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.  —  “I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping …
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Redstate:
The Last Action Hero  —  So here we are, at the turn of the tide: one vote from winning the court; two-to-three good years from winning the largest stage of the war; the pressures of the Oval Office at their dramatic peak.  A critical moment in our nation's history, time for an individual …
Dick Morris / The Hill:
McCain may win, Romney can't
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!
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Richard T. Cullen / The Politico:
Davis will not seek reelection
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress  —  It's about as basic as it gets: Congress has the power of the purse.  And Section 1222 of the massive defense appropriation bill enacted this week asserts that power.  It reads, in its entirety:  —  “No funds appropriated pursuant to an authorization …
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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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
It Depends On What The Definition Of Conscience Is  —  Remember this? … Well, here he is, testifying that, basically, that the ends justify the means:  —  TPM reports that this way: … It's really hard for me to believe that someone who used to be a federal judge can blow that sophistry …
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Super Tuesday Math: Far, Far From Over  —  CNN puts McCain with 97 delegates and Romney at 74.  —  Let's look at the worst case for Romney on Super Tuesday.  —  Next Tuesday the winner-take-all states that lean McCain are New York (101), Missouri (58), Arizona (53), New Jersey (52) …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Post:
POST ENDORSES BARACK OBAMA  —  Democrats in 22 states across America go to the polls next Tuesday to pick between two presidential prospects: Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  —  We urge them to choose Obama - an untried candidate, to be sure, but preferable to the junior senator from New York.
Discussion: City Room
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ANYBODY BUT McCAIN....I happen to think that hard-right conservatives are crazy for working themselves into such a tizzy over the possibility of John McCain as the Republican presidential candidate.  But then, I think hard-right conservatives are just crazy in general.  So my opinion hardly counts.
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE FLORIDA VOTE.  —  Voting is, at base, an instrumental act.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Illegal immigrants may get rebates
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed Cuts Rate by Half-Point; 2nd Reduction in 8 Days
Discussion: Economist's View
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What “bipartisanship” in Washington means
Discussion: Slog and Open Left
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Rare snowstorm hits the Middle East
ABCNEWS:
Terror Leader Killed in Missile Strike?
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama and The Gays
National Review:
The Right Guy?  —  It's looking more and more like John McCain …
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 …