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4:25 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 …
New York Times:
After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity
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.
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Matchup Starts to Take Shape
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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 / New York Observer:
What Will Rush, Hugh Say if McCain Wins?  —  Rush Limbaugh.  —  Certain conservative opinion makers are not pleased.  —  Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, much of the roster at the National Review and many (but certainly not all) of their more conservative talk radio and blogger colleagues …
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Allies Give Obama a Boost in California  —  Susan Davis reports from Los Angeles on the presidential race.  —  While congressional leaders generally don't make endorsements in presidential primaries, the addition of California Rep. Anna Eshoo to the list of lawmakers backing …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Come On MSNBC, What About GOTV?
Discussion: MSNBC and The Huffington Post
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
McCain, Giuliani headed to Tonight Show  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — John McCain and Rudy Giuliani will appear together Thursday night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, a source close to the McCain campaign tells CNN.  —  Giuliani dropped his own White House bid Wednesday and endorsed McCain …
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Arnold opens ‘flood’ of McCain endorsements
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Sources: Al Qaeda's No. 3 man killed  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A senior al Qaeda terrorist active in operational planning and training has been killed in Pakistan, a knowledgeable Western official and an unnamed military source said Thursday.  —  The official identified the terrorist as Abu Laith al-Libi …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Grim Reports On Afghanistan  —  Is there anyone left who doubts that, by taking their eyes of the ball and instead pursuing an aggressive invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration has drastically undermined its own “war on terror” where it counts - the central front in Afghanistan.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
NATO's Not Winning in Afghanistan, Report Says
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Spin Cycle
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Redstate
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Airport found legitimate in troop treatment  —  The Oakland International Airport did not break any laws or regulations when it denied 200 Marines and soldiers access to the passenger terminal during a layover last year from Iraq to the troops' home base in Hawaii, the Transportation Department says.
Washington Wire:
Volcker Joins List of Obama Backers  —  Jackie Calmes reports on the presidential election.  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the latest big name to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, could give the Illinois Democrat a boost by lending his gravitas in the financial world …
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Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
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Five Stages of Voting in the Republican Primary
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Democrats Out of the Desert  —  For the better part of a year …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The New Rules of Politics  —  In the aftermath of the Florida primary …
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
MoveOn Weighs Dem Endorsements
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Clinton's LBJ Comments Infuriated Ted Kennedy