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12:05 PM ET, January 31, 2008


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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.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Romney to run ads in California  —  LOS ANGELES - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to run a “significant” level of television ads in California and other states that vote Tuesday in essentially a national primary, aides said Thursday, signaling a willingness to aggressively try …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney falls into McCain trap on Iraq  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - In the final GOP debate before Super Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona bickered over a laundry list of past and present positions, most notably whether Romney backed a time-table for withdrawing troops for Iraq.
New York Times:
A Face-Off, Not Necessarily Televised
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and MSNBC
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 …
New York Times:
After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity  —  Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan.  Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Novak Corroborates Fund On Alito Comments
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey's radical worldview is now the norm  —  Yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, featuring day-long testimony from Attorney General Michael Mukasey, was extraordinary for only one reason: for our country, what happened in the hearing is now completely ordinary.
New York Times:
A Disappointing Debut
Discussion: Balkinization
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 …
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 …
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi, Boehner say econ bill won't benefit illegal immigrants  —  Congressional leaders are taking extra measures to make sure the economic stimulus bill has clear language to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving tax rebate checks.  —  The House-passed bill has a line …
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Less Stimulation for Illegals
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Soldier Suicides at Record Level  —  Increase Linked to Long Wars, Lack of Army Resources  —  Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, a psychiatric outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who was waiting for the Army to decide whether to court-martial her for endangering another soldier and turning …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Matchup Starts to Take Shape  —  Heading into Tuesday's unprecedented day of voting in two dozen states, a degree of order is finally emerging in the dramatic races for the presidential nominations of both parties.  —  Public opinion and leadership support are finding their way to the same destinations …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Says She Can Control Her Husband  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Senator Hillary Clinton, in an interview with ABC News' Cynthia McFadden for ABC News' Nightline, was asked about President Clinton's controversial comments about race and Senator Obama in the past weeks.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Security Gains From ‘Surge’ Backsliding  —  New Iraq Security Statistics Show Uptick in Explosions  —  It was the crescendo of an otherwise flat State of the Union address.  “Ladies and Gentlemen,” President George W. Bush declared Monday night, “some may deny the surge is working, but among terrorists there is no doubt.”
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Transcript of GOP debate at Reagan Library  —  This is the transcript of the GOP debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday January 30.  —  (CNN) — ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: The first question is actually a question that will go to all of you, but I'll start with Governor Romney.
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights  —  A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet.  The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers.  This is Afghanistan …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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