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8:10 AM ET, February 1, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
First Thoughts: The Dem Debate  —  I was tempted to call this encounter a draw but I am mindful that there are no zero sum debates in presidential politics.  —  And twenty minutes of Iraq happened.  And so I'll give Obama the edge.  Clinton was forced, for about 20 minutes, to recapitulate her vote on Iraq, over and over again.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's John Amato Joins Keith Olbermann For Post Debate Analysis  —  Following tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Crooks and Liars' John Amato joined Keith Olbermann, Arianna Huffington and TPM's Josh Marshall on a special edition of Countdown to talk about the debate from the blogosphere's perspective.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Quick Sum Up  —  Some very quick thoughts.  The debate was a surprisingly substantive discussion of a number of issues that actually resonate in people's lives.  Which means it wasn't really anything like a political debate.  I thought both candidates had a good debate.
More CNN debates on the horizon  —  LOS ANGELES (CNN) - CNN announced Thursday that it will partner with the Ohio Democratic Party and the Ohio Republican Party for back-to-back presidential debates at the end of February.  —  With the race for each party nomination likely to extend beyond …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Times of London:
Obama bagman is sent to jail over $3.5m payment by British tycoon  —  James Bone in New York, Dominic Kennedy in London  —  An undeclared $3.5 million (£1.8 million) payment from a corrupt Iraqi-British businessman has landed Barack Obama's former fundraiser behind bars.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Transcript of Thursday's Democratic presidential debate  —  This is the transcript from Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sponsored by CNN, The Los Angles Times and Politico.  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — WOLF BLITZER, CNN: Let's begin with Senator Obama.
Financial Times:
Last year's model: stricken US homeowners confound predictions  —  When Ray McDaniel, president of Moody's, addressed a debate in Davos last week, the mood was so hostile that some speakers joked that he was brave to appear “without a bodyguard”.  —  No wonder.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Non-Debate  —  If one studies carefully the Clintama answers on the war on terror, illegal immigration, and Iraq then the magnitude of Republican infighting seems surreal.  The gulf between Hillary and McCain is Grand-Canyon like.  This debate came down to Obama, talking in vague generalities …
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
Democratic Debate in Los Angeles  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic debate in Los Angeles, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA  —  MODERATORS:  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR  —  LOCATION: KODAK THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
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!”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Won  —  It was, I think, his best debate in the campaign so far.  The one-on-one format elevated him instantly and he commanded the stage and the occasion.  Hillary Clinton did not do poorly.  All her strengths were on show: the policy mastery, the gaffe-free talking points, the Clinton record in the 1990s.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Coulter: If McCain's the nominee, I'll campaign for Hillary  —  The ne plus ultra of conservatives crapping away Iraq in a fit of spite at Maverick: “I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism.”  Madness.  —  Blowback
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
As McCain Wins, Critics on Right Look Again  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has long aroused almost unanimous opposition from the leaders of the right.  Accusing him of crimes against conservative orthodoxy like voting against a big tax cut and opposing a federal ban on same-sex marriage …
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 …
Terry Macalister / Guardian:
Shell sets record with £14bn profits  —  Shell was today accused of making “obscene” profits at a time when pensioners, motorists and industry are struggling with higher energy prices when it unveiled annual earnings of $27.6bn (£13.9bn).  —  The oil major has made British corporate history …
Press Association:
Shell unveils £1.5m-an-hour profit
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Polar Bears and Seer Suckers
Michael Lind / Prospect Magazine:
America still works
New York Times:
One on One in Debate, Democrats Set Aim at G.O.P.
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Foreign Policy Prisms
Discussion: The Corner
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's the Economy? Stupid?
Discussion: alicublog, Riehl World View and CNN
Matt Renner / truthout:
Telecom Group Key Player in Immunity Battle
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Clinton Buys Entire Hour on Hallmark Channel for Feb. 4
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
McCain & The Corner
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
I'm at the Debate  —  I just got here and it's wild outside.
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Hastert knocks McCain as ‘allied with Democrats’
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Do Not Pass Go. Get to the Hospital.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Field and MyDD
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Obama's Muslim Summit

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
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