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8:30 PM ET, January 31, 2008


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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Bill: “We Just Have to Slow Down Our Economy” to Fight Global Warming  —  Former President Bill Clinton was in Denver, Colorado, stumping for his wife yesterday.  —  In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming …
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Depressingly stupid goddamn journalism  —  Dear Dr. Atrios.  I have a good Wanker of the Day nominee for you.  His name is Jake Tapper and he's (tragically) a senior national correspondent at ABC.  He's also apparently illiterate.  Check it: … Or perhaps you should actually read …
Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions  —  Tapes Reviewed by ABC News Show Clinton As a Loyal Company Woman  —  In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign …
Iain Murray / The Corner:   Re: Slowdown  —  Jonah, that video is actually (and again …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
“Slow down our economy”?
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:   Being Accused of “Parsing” By the Clinton Campaign
Obama: Most Liberal Senator In 2007  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings.  The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Steve Benen
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 28-30, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Initial indications show support for John McCain is increasing following his win in the Florida presidential primary and the subsequent withdrawal of Rudy Giuliani, who endorsed McCain.
Minnesota Public Radio:
Poll: Clinton, McCain leading in Minnesota  —  With just five days until Minnesota's precinct caucuses, a new statewide poll shows Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton leading in the race for president.  The Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows McCain …
Discussion: The Field
Max Follmer / The Huffington Post:
Flatlining To Frontrunner: A Media Retrospective On McCain
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brit Hume / Fox News:   How One News Organization Handled the Edwards and Giuliani Stories
Matt / Think Progress:
Hume laughs at idea of Americans being beheaded.
Discussion: My Two Sense
Jen Haberkorn / Washington Times:
Obama: Decriminalize pot  —  Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.  (Play video)  —  But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate …
Mark R. Levin / National Review:
Rally for Romney  —  I have spent nearly four decades in the conservative movement — from precinct worker to the Reagan White House.  I campaigned for Reagan in 1976 and 1980.  I served in several top positions during the Reagan administration, including chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Romney Spokesperson Confirms it: Mitt Hasn't Bought Any TV Ad Time In Any Feb. 5th State  —  With five days to go until Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney's spokesperson is confirming that the Romney campaign has bought exactly zero TV ad time in any of the states that vote on Feb. 5.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Choice  —  It's gotten to that time in the primary contest where lines are drawn, camps are solidified and conversations around dinner tables grow heated.  My friend Dan recently put it this way: “You start talking about the candidates, and next thing you know someone's crying!”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Pandagon
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Obama's Muslim Summit  —  Reuters reports that if Barack Obama becomes President, he'll hold a summit with all leaders of Muslim countries: … Is he planning on doing this before or after bombing Pakistan?  Because that could have an effect on that gap he's talking about.
Reuters:   Obama wants summit with Muslim countries
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Is McCain a Conservative?  —  As John McCain neared his momentous primary election victory in Florida after a ferocious campaign questioning his conservative credentials, right-wingers buzzed over word that he had privately suggested that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was too conservative.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Ted Olson  —  Ted Olson, fomer U.S. Solicitor General and conservative legal icon, has just informed me that he is endorsing John McCain.
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Can Friends of Israel—and Jews—Trust Obama?  —  In a word, Yes.  —  Florida, of course, is a different story, but back in Iowa there was no need for Barack Obama or any other candidate to worry about the Jewish vote.  There are 7,000 Jews in the entire state, including 100 Hassidim …
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Senate Democrats Short of Votes for Stimulus Bill
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Volcker Joins List of Obama Backers
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