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12:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Says She Can Control Her Husband
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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: The Politico, Boston Globe and MSNBC
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
MUKASEY STONEWALLS SENATE DEMOCRATS ON WATER-BOARDING, AND PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING ELSE.  —  Virtually every Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee opens his or her questions to Attorney General Michael Mukasey at today's oversight hearing with a thank you.
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.
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Less Stimulation for Illegals  —  The Senate Finance Committee yesterday closed a loophole in the bogus stimulus bill, so that illegal aliens filing tax returns using their IRS-issued Individual Tax Identification Numbers won't get a stimulus check (more background here).
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi, Boehner say econ bill won't benefit illegal immigrants
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Mailer Hits Clinton On War Vote  —  An oldie but goodie.  In Connecticut, Democrats are receiving this direct mail piece from Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  (The poor quality of this copy can be blamed on a fax machine).
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Mexico Furious over German ‘Finger in Butt’ Hit
Democracy Corps:
Democrats' historic opportunity in Republican-held districts
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The New Rules of Politics  —  In the aftermath of the Florida primary …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Raw Story
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Trains, bloggers are threats in drill
New York Times:
Tainted Drugs Linked to Maker of Abortion Pill
Rasmussen Reports:
Illinois Republican Presidential Primary
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Ari Melber / The Nation:
MoveOn Weighs Dem Endorsements
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Clinton's LBJ Comments Infuriated Ted Kennedy
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Right Voices
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Bush Seeks Surplus via Medicare Cuts
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
President McCain  —  Well, Kathryn, since most of the gang seems …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Bush Rally
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Dynastic Question
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Transcript of GOP debate at Reagan Library
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Nader Says He's Considering a New White House Run