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12:20 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Edwards to Drop Out of Democratic Race  —  NEW ORLEANS — John Edwards, the progressive Democratic candidate who made a populist, anti-poverty message the centerpiece of his campaign, has decided to drop out of the presidential primary race, and is to give a speech this afternoon at the same place …
Associated Press:
John Edwards to Drop Out of Presidential Race  —  Former Senator's Campaign Adviser: 'It Just Became Clear It Wasn't Going to Happen'  —  Former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., will drop out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday.  —  “It just became clear it wasn't going to happen …
New York Times:
McCain Is Florida Victor; Giuliani Set to Exit the Race  —  MIAMI — Senator John McCain defeated Mitt Romney on Tuesday to win the delegate-rich Florida primary, solidifying his transformation to the Republican front-runner and dealing a devastating blow to the presidential hopes of Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
McCain may win, Romney can't  —  Some may agree with Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) positions on his myriad of causes and enthusiasms.  Others may embrace Mitt Romney's record as governor and his experience in business.  But one fact remains pre-eminent — McCain has a much better chance …
Discussion: Open Left
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards' Departure & A New Democratic Race  —  Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) will end his bid for the presidency today in New Orleans, bringing to a close a five-year quest for the nation's highest office.  —  Edwards will be joined by his wife, Elizabeth, as well as his three children on stage.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why Is Obama Popular With 527s?
Discussion: New York Times
The Caucus:
Edwards Is Dropping Out  —  Updated: NEW ORLEANS …
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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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.
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 …
Nannette Miranda / KABC-TV:
Schwarzenegger hints at endorsing McCain
Discussion: PoliGazette
Ross Douthat:
Fortune's Favorite
Discussion: The New Republic
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Giuliani to exit presidential race
Frank James / The Swamp:
Swamp Gas, January 30, 2008
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Compassionate to the End  —  When President Bush took his final walk to the rostrum of the House chamber, his speech and manner conveyed little nostalgia.  He views both meditation on the past and speculation about his legacy with equal suspicion, preferring to live in the urgency of the now.
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.
The Politico:
Rudy defeat marks end of 9/11 politics  —  Rudy Giuliani's distant third-place finish in Florida may put an end to his bid for president, and it seems also to mark the beginning of the end of a period in Republican politics that began on Sept. 11, 2001.  —  Giuliani's national celebrity …
 
 
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David Brooks / NYT:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Commentary
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Adviser: Edwards Not Endorsing “For The Moment”
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
On To The McCain-Kennedy Ticket  —  Oh, stop whining.
Chicago Sun Times:
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Discussion: The Caucus
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
How McCain Won  —  Rich, you may recall that we talked …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Talk radio impugns McCain's liberal record
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