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6:45 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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The New Republic:
Why Edwards Lost: A Response to Cohn  —  Ed Kilgore, managing editor of the online magazine and political blog, The Democratic Strategist, responds to Jonathan Cohn's eulogy for the Edwards campaign:  —  With John Edwards' withdrawal from the Democratic presidential race today …
Discussion: The Opinionator and The Corner
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary On Edwards: I'm Reaching Out To His Supporters
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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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 …
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Dick Morris / The Hill:
McCain may win, Romney can't
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) …
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: Greatscat! and Brian Beutler
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed Cuts Rate by Half-Point; 2nd Reduction in 8 Days  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reduced short-term interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in eight days, meeting widespread expectations by investors on Wall Street for a big rate cut.  —  In lowering its benchmark Federal funds rate …
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Fed delivers another rate cut
Matthew Yglesias:
That's More Like It  —  Here's Barack Obama talking today in Denver: … Obviously, Obama, too, would have some problems against John McCain who'll argue that he's too green.  But the basic spirit here seems correct to me.  You want to argue that discontentment with the fruits of Bush's policies …
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
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush asserts authority to bypass defense act  —  Calls restrictions unconstitutional  —  President Bush said Congress's prohibition on building permanent military bases in Iraq infringes on his executive powers.  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws …
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress
Roger L. Simon:
McCain Derangement Syndrome - It's Here!  —  What's amusing in one way and horrifying in another, but all-too-human in the final analysis, is how the moment a politician becomes popular and powerful - Bush, Clinton - a sizable percentage of the population starts to hate him.  We've seen Clinton reviled.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain declines one-on-one debate  —  NBC invited John McCain and Mitt Romney onto “Meet the Press” Sunday for a final debate before Super Tuesday.  Romney, now the underdog and eager for opportunities to take on the frontrunner, immediately accepted.  McCain, who appeared on the show …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and NY Daily News
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE FLORIDA VOTE.  —  Voting is, at base, an instrumental act.  It is not a gesture towards civic engagement nor a calmingly and meditative break from the workday.  This is why we care that “every vote is counted,” because what a vote is supposed to do is register a citizen's preference …
 
 
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Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Attorneys for Guantánamo captives back Obama's bid
Ross Douthat:
Hope For The Hobbit  —  I'm still skeptical about the whole thing …
Discussion: The New Republic
Frank James / The Swamp:
On trail in Illinois, Bill Clinton ignores Obama
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama says Clinton would be a step back
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Crystal Patterson / HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary Announces “Voices Across America: A National Town Hall”
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
US AND THEM....You already knew this, but the Bush administration is nuts.
Wall Street Journal:
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