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1:05 PM ET, February 1, 2008


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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
McCain's Critics on Right Look Again  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has long aroused almost unanimous opposition from the leaders of the right.  Accusing him of crimes against conservative orthodoxy like voting against a big tax cut and opposing a federal ban on same-sex marriage …
Matt Welch / Los Angeles Times:
He's a hawk on the war, yet independent-minded voters who are sick …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Karl / protein wisdom:   Peggy Noonan: Possessed by Maureen Dowd?
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Rebellion and an Awkward Embrace
Discussion: Balloon Juice and JunkYardBlog
New York Post:
MCCAIN FOR THE GOP  —  Residents of 21 states, including New York …
Discussion: Macsmind
Ari Melber / The Nation:
MOVEON ENDORSES OBAMA...  Today Barack Obama earned the endorsement of MoveOn, one of the largest grassroots membership organizations in the United States, after clobbering Hillary Clinton by 40 percent in Internet balloting.  Obama led the final tally 70.4% to 29.6%, clearing the supermajority required for the endorsement.
Discussion: The Field and Salon
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Breaking: Moveon Members Endorses Obama 71-29  —  And here we go.  From a press release. … It's not quite as skewed towards Obama as it was in the Dailykos poll, where Obama took 76% to Clinton's 11%, but it's pretty close.  —  UPDATE: I just spoke with Ilyse Hogue …
Discussion: TalkLeft, techPresident and The Nation
Marc Ambinder:
Romney, Obama Lead Ad Spenders This Cycle
Discussion: Commentary
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
News Shocker: Ron Paul biggest GOP fundraiser last quarter  —  Well, it's official, ladies and gentlemen.  Believe it or not, Rep. Ron Paul, the 72-year-old Texan who hardly ever gets mentioned in Republican political news and the one-time libertarian who always gets the least time on TV debates …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama crush GOP in funds race  —  Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama outraised the four Republican presidential candidates — John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul — $49.6 million to $42.2 million in the last three months of 2007, according to finance reports made public Thursday night.
Wall Street Journal:
Buried WMD Scoop  —  Journalists are taught never to “bury the lead.”  Yet it looks as if that's precisely what CBS's “60 Minutes” did in reporter Scott Pelley's fascinating interview Sunday with George Piro, the FBI agent who debriefed Saddam Hussein following his capture in December 2003.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Times Reporter Subpoenaed Over Source for Book  —  WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to a reporter of The New York Times, apparently to try to force him to reveal his confidential sources for a 2006 book on the Central Intelligence Agency, one of the reporter's lawyers said Thursday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Edwards Effect  —  So John Edwards has dropped out of the race for the presidency.  By normal political standards, his campaign fell short.  —  But Mr. Edwards, far more than is usual in modern politics, ran a campaign based on ideas.  And even as his personal quest for the White House faltered …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: On FISA and Telecom Immunity  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment tonight on Countdown was yet another scathing rebuke of President Bush and his lies about the pending FISA legislation and fear tactics during his final State of the Union address earlier this week.
Daily Mail:
Al Qaeda use two 'Down's syndrome' women to blow up 73 people in Baghdad markets  —  Two women thought to suffer from Down's syndrome may have been unwilling suicide bombers in twin blasts that killed up to 73 people at pet markets in Baghdad today.  —  The first bomber instantly killed 45 people …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Brooks / New York Times:
The McCain Transition  —  John McCain is exhausted.  He hasn't had a full-night's sleep in forever.  It took him 10 hours to get to California because of flight trouble.  He underperformed in the debate Wednesday night, as his staff understands.  He took some shots at Mitt Romney …
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Here's the problem with McCain (Remember Alcibiades?)  —  If there is any justice in the world, Sen. John McCain's hopes of winning the 2008 Republican presidential nomination will suffer a body blow when people are reminded of a well-sourced story published last year by The Hill describing …
Gribbit / Stop The ACLU:
The Hill: MexiCain Nearly Abandoned the GOP in 2001
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Focus-group women unchanged post-debate  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — If Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama wanted their last debate performances before Super Tuesday to change minds, it didn't work.  —  At least not for 10 undecided California women who gathered for a focus group aimed …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and
Chris Lawrence / Outside The Beltway:
Political Scientists Say Obama Might Be More Liberal Than Hillary  —  As James and Alex discuss below, the National Journal just released its 2007 rankings of Senators and found that Barack Obama had the most liberal voting record based on 107 “key votes” in the Senate in 2007.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Clawing for a Legacy  —  Legacy?  What legacy?  —  There was general amazement when (the now-muzzled) Bill Clinton did his red-faced, attack-dog, race-baiting performance in South Carolina.  Friends, Democrats and longtime media sycophants were variously perplexed, repulsed, enraged …
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-0130  —  Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  — is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EST), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, February 1, 2008.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Coulter: If McCain's the nominee, I'll campaign for Hillary  —  The ne plus ultra of conservatives crapping away Iraq in a fit of spite at Maverick: “I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism.”  Madness.  —  Blowback
The Smoking Gun:
Three Huckabees For An Obama?  —  New Topps baseball set includes dozen presidential candidate cards  —  JANUARY 31—When the first packs of the 2008 Topps baseball card set arrive in stores next week, kids everywhere will be confronted with the mysterious calculus of value:
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Mitt Romney Conference Call
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Michelle Malkin:
Berkeley backlash building: American Legion, Sen. DeMint weigh in
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Re: The GOP's Best Hope
Aaron / Inside Cable News:
Karl Rove to join Fox News Channel...
Discussion: Think Progress
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Over the Top  —  Jonah, I may be a one-woman over-the-top machine …
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payrolls Decline for First Time in Four Years
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Eric Boehlert / Salon:
Republicans make Fox News sick
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Washington Post:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Self-Funding In An Age Of BCRA
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Won  —  It was, I think, his best debate in the campaign so far.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Althouse
Cat / Brits at their Best:
Sun's low magnetic activity may portend an ice age
Discussion: JammieWearingFool