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10:15 AM ET, January 31, 2008


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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 …
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.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Romney Tactics Seem Good News for McCain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major boost for John McCain, Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney signaled Wednesday he's not ready to commit to a costly campaign in the states holding primaries and caucuses next week.
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
The Man Who Blew It  —  Tonight was Mitt Romney's last stand.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
An Angry, Defensive McCain
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
A Face-Off, Not Necessarily Televised
Discussion: MSNBC
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  —  About the best we can say about Attorney General Michael Mukasey's testimony Wednesday in the Senate is that he was no Alberto Gonzales, with the frequent memory lapses and possibly intentional misstatements.  But that is a very low bar.
Discussion: Balkinization and The Corner
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Reagan vs. McCain on profits, business, and the free market
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Bush Rally  —  Can he close strong in 2008?  —  The Associated Press reported last week that a left-wing group, Americans United for Change, plans to spend $8.5 million to ensure that President Bush's public approval rating doesn't improve in his final year in office.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Republican Debate in Simi Valley, Calif.  —  The following is a transcript of the Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif., as provided by the Federal News Service and CNN.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
A Scramble for Edwards and Giuliani Fundraisers  —  As Candidates Pull Out, the Survivors Swoop In  —  When Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani abandoned their presidential bids yesterday, their exits marked the beginning of an open season on the supporters who had helped …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The New Race: Four Candidates, 24 States and One Hectic Week
Discussion: TIME
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
President McCain  —  Well, Kathryn, since most of the gang seems to have turned in early (too demoralized to opine?), I might as well chip in.  I'm getting a bit tired of Senator McCain's anti-business shtick.  The line about serving “for patriotism, not for profit” is pathetic.
Discussion: Salon, Power Line and Matthew Yglesias
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
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USA Today:
Lobbyists find more ways to bond with lawmakers
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Clinton's LBJ Comments Infuriated Ted Kennedy
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Katrina lawsuit vs. Army Corps dismissed
Discussion: Facing South
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Bush Seeks Surplus via Medicare Cuts
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Plan for Carbon Storage Dropped
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Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Nader Says He's Considering a New White House Run
Discussion: QandO, MyDD, Salon and ABCNEWS
Ricardo Hausmann / Financial Times:
Stop behaving as whiner of first resort
Discussion: Economist's View
Asaf Shalev / Daily Californian:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Massachusetts Democratic Primary
New York Times:
G.O.P. Exodus in House Bodes Ill for Fall Success