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10:20 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.
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
An Angry, Defensive McCain
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
A Face-Off, Not Necessarily Televised
Discussion: MSNBC
Daniel Casse / Commentary:
The Man Who Blew It  —  Tonight was Mitt Romney's last stand.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama Says Clinton Would Be a Step Back
New York Times:
Abruptly, Edwards Ends His White House Bid
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The New Race: Four Candidates, 24 States and One Hectic Week
Discussion: TIME
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 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  —  Compare and contrast.  —  Class warrior John McCain Edwards at last night's GOP debate held at the Reagan Library (transcript): … Ronald Reagan, “What Ever Happened to Free Enterprise,” Ludwig Von Mises Memorial Lecture at Hillsdale College, November 1977:
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
MoveOn Weighs Dem Endorsements
Discussion: Open Left and Prairie Weather
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
Hillary on Bill: ‘This Is My Campaign’
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Dynastic Question
 Earlier Items: 
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE - Obama's Nation of Islam Staffers, Edward Said & …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Haaretz
Rush Does Not Concede, Vows to Fight On
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: “How is it that you're the expert on my position?”
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:
City Council Passes Motions Criticizing Marines Office