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9:25 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 …
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
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
How McCain Won  —  Rich, you may recall that we talked about McCain's chances in early December.  I said that he could still win the nomination, but that if he did, we wouldn't be saying, Wow, what a brilliant strategy.  We'd be wondering just how the heck that happened.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and INSTAPUTZ
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.
John Hood / The Corner:   The Huck Factor  —  Looking at the exits, it seems clear …
Washington Post:
After Romney's Barrage, McCain Stands Tall
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
McCain Defeats Romney in Florida Vote
Discussion: The Swamp and CFR.org
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Ridiculous Early Analysis
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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!
Associated Press:
Romney vows to carry on campaign
Discussion: American Street and AMERICAblog
Washington Post:
McCain Beats Romney in Florida
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
On Closed Primaries  —  A number of commenters in my threads from Florida's primary seem confused about what a closed primary means, and what its limits are.  Michelle Malkin and Flip Pidot also blogged about this overnight, but miss the point of exit polling showing voter inclinations and not actual registration.
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Michelle Malkin:
20% of GOP votes cast by non-Republicans?  Updated  —  Update: Ed Morrissey has your answer: … 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.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton ‘wins’ Florida Democratic primary
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why Is Obama Popular With 527s?  —  He says he doesn't like them, and he says he doesn't need them.  In fact, Barack Obama regularly criticizes the operations and the influence of 527s, scolding John Edwards and Hillary Clinton for their attraction to the outside political groups.
Discussion: New York Times
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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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
ALL THE SPOUSES DO IT  —  Her apology was hedged and conditioned, but Hillary seemed to go out of her way tonight in an interview on CNN to try to address the damage done by her South Carolina campaign:
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A MULTILATERAL CONVERSATION WITH IRAN  —  This past Saturday United States Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad spoke on a panel with two Iranian officials at Davos (video below).  Khalilzad's participation was apparently unauthorized.  Today's New York Sun and the Los Angeles Times have interesting articles on the event.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Don Young opens a legal defense fund  —  Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who is under FBI investigation and faces a tough reelection fight, opened a legal defense fund earlier this month, according to House filings.  —  The House ethics committee approved the defense fund Jan. 9 …
Discussion: Think Progress
Byron York / The Corner:
Re: Two-Americas Analysis  —  Kathryn - On this “two Americas” analysis of the Romney campaign versus the other candidates, the simple fact is that Romney's personal fortune has allowed him to avoid making some of the hard decisions that other campaigns had to make.  Big TV buy here or stepped-up voter contact effort there?
Discussion: Cadillac Tight
 
 
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DEMOCRATS  —  National party officials have decided to strip Florida …
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