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2:00 PM ET, January 31, 2008

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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 …
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.
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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Memo: McCain “De Facto” Nominee After Feb. 5  —  In an internal memo for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential bid, campaign manager Rick Davis argued that his candidate stands in extremely strong position to wrack up a decisive delegate victory over former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Michael Luo / New York Times:   Republicans Battle for Votes and Money in California
New York Times:
A Face-Off, Not Necessarily Televised
Discussion: Boston Globe, The Politico and MSNBC
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.
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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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Matchup Starts to Take Shape
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama raises $32 million in January  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $32 million in the single month of January, a whopping figure that has permitted the campaign to boost staff and extend advertising to states beyond the sweeping Feb. 5 contests, aides said Thursday.
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Obama to Report $32 Million Raised in Jan.
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.
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.”
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 …
Ari Melber / The Nation:
MoveOn Weighs Dem Endorsements  —  MoveOn.org, the powerhouse grassroots organization that showered Democrats with more donations in the midterms than almost any other liberal PAC, is asking its members whether to host a virtual vote on Thursday to endorse Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for President.
Doug Oakley / Contra Costa Times:
Berkeley council tells Marines to leave  —  Hey-hey, ho-ho, the Marines in Berkeley have got to go.  —  That's the message from the Berkeley City Council, which voted 8-1 Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station “is not welcome in the city …
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 …
 
 
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