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8:35 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 …
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 …
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CNN:
Familiar face to be missing from GOP debate  —  SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) — Republican presidential hopefuls will face off Wednesday night without a familiar face now that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has dropped out.  —  The remaining candidates will take the stage in a debate …
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.
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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Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
The Return of Nader  —  Ralph Nader has formed a presidential …
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and Whiskey Fire
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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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David Stout / New York Times:
Mukasey Demurs on Waterboarding
Discussion: The Swamp and Truthdig
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 …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary On Edwards: I'm Reaching Out To His Supporters
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 …
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Associated Press:
Obama says Clinton would be a step back  —  DENVER - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency would be a step back to the past, turning her husband's image of a bridge to the future against her.  The former first lady decried the tenor of his comments in an interview with The Associated Press.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Wizbang
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
The Conservative Reality: A Vote For Huckabee Is A Vote For McCain  —  Chris Cillizza reports the MSM understanding of what is happening on the GOP side —the repudiation of conservatism: … In fact, the conservative vote has been split in many directions, but now has to decide whether …
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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) …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 50 basis points to 3 percent.  —  Financial markets remain under considerable stress, and credit has tightened further for some businesses and households.
John McCain / CNN:
Sources: Schwarzenegger in talks to endorse McCain  —  SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) — Two Republican sources familiar with the conversations tell CNN California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in discussions about endorsing John McCain's presidential bid.
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
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
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
Hope For The Hobbit  —  I'm still skeptical about the whole thing …
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On trail in Illinois, Bill Clinton ignores Obama
Crystal Patterson / HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary Announces “Voices Across America: A National Town Hall”
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Randyj / The Page:
“The Snub” Before “The Snub"  —  Sources: Senior Obama staffers …
ABCNEWS:
Terror Leader Killed in Missile Strike?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
US AND THEM....You already knew this, but the Bush administration is nuts.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Wall Street Journal:
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