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12:15 PM ET, February 1, 2008


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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Rebellion and an Awkward Embrace  —  In the most exciting and confounding election cycle of my lifetime, Rudy Giuliani, the Prince of the City, is out because he was about to lose New York, John Edwards is out, the Clintons are fighting for their historical reputations …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:   Peggy Noonan: Possessed by Maureen Dowd?
Matt Welch / Los Angeles Times:
He's a hawk on the war, yet independent-minded voters who are sick …
Discussion: protein wisdom
New York Post:   MCCAIN FOR THE GOP  —  Residents of 21 states, including New York …
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Enlisting New Donors, Obama Reaped $32 Million in January
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Salon, Firedoglake and CREDO Action
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 …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Re: The GOP's Best Hope  —  John, if the Republicans' best hope is to scurry quickly past national security issues and bank on the Democrats' artificiality, then the game is over.  I agree that Iraq per se may not be our strong point.  But linking opposition to a precipitous pull-out in Iraq …
New York Times:
Dozens Killed in Worst Baghdad Attack in Months  —  BAGHDAD — Twin bombs struck two markets in central Baghdad on Friday, killing dozens in the worst attack in the Iraqi capital for many months.  —  One bomb hit the Ghazil pet market, the scene of another deadly bombing in November when 13 people were killed.
Associated Press:
At least 68 dead in Baghdad market bombs
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