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4:55 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.
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
Comment is free:
John Edwards's indelible mark
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
The Return of Nader  —  Ralph Nader has formed a presidential …
Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
Edwards out  —  John Edwards is dropping out of the race today.
Discussion: TIME
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
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
It Depends On What The Definition Of Conscience Is
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Balkinization
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Mukasey's painstaking approach to waterboarding
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress
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: Open Left and Slog
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Rare snowstorm hits the Middle East
ABCNEWS:
Terror Leader Killed in Missile Strike?
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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 …