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5:50 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 …
Iain Murray / The Corner:   Re: Slowdown  —  Jonah, that video is actually (and again …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Field
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.
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan killed
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
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 …
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.
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Raises $32 Million — In One Month!  —  The Obama campaign confirms that it raised an astonishing $32 million — in the month of January alone.  —  Clearly, the Iowa win on January 3 provided a huge burst of fundraising momentum right on through the South Carolina victory.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's $32 Million Haul
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Corrente and Hotline On Call
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Clinton's LBJ Comments Infuriated Ted Kennedy  —  There's more to Sen. Edward Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama than meets the eye.  Apparently, part of the reason why the liberal lion from Massachusetts embraced Obama was because of a perceived slight at the Kennedy family's civil rights legacy …
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats in Senate Short of Votes for Stimulus Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders said on Thursday that they were short of the 60 votes needed to advance their own $157 billion economic stimulus package and would have no choice but to adopt a less expensive plan approved by the House.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Sen. McConnell appoints working group on earmarks
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Al Giordano / The Field:
Kennedy Lionized on El Piolín in 20 Minute Pro-Obama Call
Discussion: Daily Kos and Open Left
Michelle Malkin:
Annoying platitude of the day  —  So, Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed John McCain.
John / Argghhh!:
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Neptunus Lex
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Steve Forbes to McCain
Discussion: The Corner
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
McCain, Giuliani headed to Tonight Show
Robert / Watchman's Words:
Five Stages of Voting in the Republican Primary
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Democrats Out of the Desert  —  For the better part of a year …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Matthew Yglesias
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Homeless Vets Prepare To Block O'Reilly's Shot
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Airport found legitimate in troop treatment
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Another Point on Bill
Discussion: The New Republic
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
The Democratic Majority IS The American Majority
Discussion: Open Left and Eschaton
Spiegel Online:
Mexico Furious over German ‘Finger in Butt’ Hit
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Doug Oakley / Contra Costa Times:
Berkeley council tells Marines to leave
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Soldier Suicides at Record Level