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7:20 AM ET, January 30, 2008

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Krooney / The Page:
THE “STOP ROMNEY” COALITION  —  Giuliani to endorse McCain Wednesday in California.  —  Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.  —  McCain topper Rick Davis quietly negotiated the agreement.  —  Giuliani, in Florida concession speech …
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The Corner:
It's All Over  —  Assuming there is no shocking revelation or health issue, the GOP nomination is over.  Conservatives need to start practicing the phrase “Nominee presumptive John McCa....."  —  Sorry, I can't say it.  Not yet.  —  But it's true.  When the campaign comes here to Massachusetts …
New York Times:
For Giuliani, a Dizzying Free-Fall  —  As Rudolph W. Giuliani ponders his political mortality, many observers point to the hubris and strategic miscalculations that plagued his campaign.
John Hood / The Corner:
The Huck Factor  —  Looking at the exits, it seems clear to me that if John McCain edges Mitt Romney tonight, it will be because of the effect of Mike Huckabee splitting the base conservative vote with Romney.  You can see it on the abortion questions, the church-going questions, and others.
Discussion: HorseRaceBlog
MSNBC:
NBC: Giuliani to endorse McCain  —  Former New York City mayor prepares exit after distant third in Florida  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Rudy Giuliani, who bet his presidential hopes on Florida only to come in third, prepared to quit the race Tuesday and endorse his friendliest rival, John McCain.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
You Decide 08!:
MCCAIN TRIUMPHS IN HARD-FOUGHT FLORIDA PRIMARY  —  John McCain heads to California Wednesday with a fresh sense of purpose and a possible endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, after a win in Florida's Republican primary that bested archrival Mitt Romney and left Giuliani few options but to drop his own presidential bid.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Ridiculous Early Analysis  —  If the Florida results remain as close as the exit polls make it appear, nothing is going to be resolved tonight on the Republican side with the frontrunners.  If John McCain wins it by a point or two, he gets all the delegates and the headlines that he is the winner …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Giuliani to Drop Out, Endorse McCain  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper and Rick Klein Report: Rudy Giuliani will board a plane to California on Wednesday morning, as planned.  But, sources tell ABC News, once there, instead of participating in the GOP debate, he will drop out of the presidential race and endorse Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Associated Press:
McCain beats Romney to win Fla. primary  —  MIAMI - Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, seizing the upper hand in the Republican presidential race ahead of next week's coast-to-coast contests and lining up a quick endorsement from soon-to-be dropout Rudy Giuliani.
Washington Post:
After Romney's Barrage, McCain Stands Tall  —  On Friday, Mitt Romney accused John McCain of being the Democrats' favorite Republican.  On Sunday, the former Massachusetts governor mocked McCain's endorsement in the New York Times and then observed, “If he's been a leader, where has it led us?”
Discussion: The Corner
Associated Press:
Romney vows to carry on campaign
Discussion: American Street and AMERICAblog
Associated Press:
McCain Beats Romney in Florida GOP Race
Discussion: Redstate and Donklephant
Mark Finelli / Newsweek:   Coming Home  —  A Marine and 9/11 survivor on his journey back to John McCain.
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
Sources: Giuliani will endorse McCain
Discussion: Daimnation!
Washington Post:
McCain Beats Romney in Florida
HillaryClinton.com:
MEMO: A Significant Victory in Florida  —  Hillary Clinton won a significant victory today in the Florida primary with the biggest turnout in Florida Democratic primary history.  She will end up with more votes than John McCain, the winner of the Republican primary.
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The Campaign Spot:
First (?) Wave of Florida Exits, Revealed
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton ‘wins’ Florida Democratic primary
Michelle Malkin:
20% of GOP votes cast by non-Republicans?  —  Yesterday afternoon, I noted reports of independents voting in the closed Florida Republican primary and pointed out the state law requiring that voters establish party ID by registering 29 days before an election.
Discussion: RushLimbaugh.com
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is in for a very rough 2008  —  My guess is that Fox News guru Roger Ailes has been reaching for the Tums more often than usual early in the New Year, and there are lots of reasons for the hovering angst.  —  Let's take an extended multiple choice quiz.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Mukasey Offers View on Waterboarding  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Tuesday that the harsh C.I.A. interrogation technique known as waterboarding was not clearly illegal, and suggested that it could be used against terrorism suspects once again if requested by the White House.
Discussion: At-Largely
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:   Mukasey: CIA doesn't use waterboarding
Faiz / Think Progress:
Scarborough: McCain's Platform Is ‘Less Jobs And More Wars’  —  During the coverage of this evening's Florida primary results, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough discussed the impact of John McCain's victory with Pat Buchanan.  The Republican establishment will rally around McCain and say “he's the guy …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Lieberman Rules Out Running With McCain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who nearly won the vice presidency as a Democrat in 2000, says there's no way he'll be Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate should McCain become the party's presidential nominee.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Gives Away Money Tied to Donor  —  Barack Obama is giving to charity more than $70,000 in contributions linked to an indicted Chicago businessman whose past connections to the Democratic presidential candidate have created a distraction and raised questions about his judgment.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
 
 
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Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Talk radio impugns McCain's liberal record
New York Times:
DEMOCRATS  —  National party officials have decided to strip Florida …
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
FISA Fight: House passes 15 day extension
Discussion: Discourse.net and CREDO Action
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
FISA Bill in 30 Seconds, by Russ Feingold
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Romney  —  I'll shut up after this post, but Romney has been ON since Michigan.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Edwards nixes campaign stops for speech
Discussion: American Street
xkcd:
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Discussion: Corrente
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