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10:50 AM ET, February 1, 2008


 Top Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Quick Sum Up  —  Some very quick thoughts.  The debate was a surprisingly substantive discussion of a number of issues that actually resonate in people's lives.  Which means it wasn't really anything like a political debate.  I thought both candidates had a good debate.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Focus-group women unchanged post-debate
Discussion: Spin Cycle and
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
WH funds race: Clinton, Obama crush GOP-ers  —  Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama out-raised 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.
New York Times:
Enlisting New Donors, Obama Reaped $32 Million in January
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
News Shocker: Ron Paul biggest GOP fundraiser last quarter
Discussion: Salon and Political Machine
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
Karl / protein wisdom:   Peggy Noonan: Possessed by Maureen Dowd?
New York Post:   MCCAIN FOR THE GOP  —  Residents of 21 states, including New York …
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
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
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 …
Washington Post:
With Crucial Loan, McCain Put His Bid Back in the Black
Discussion: The Caucus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Self-Funding In An Age Of BCRA  —  Late last night, Mitt Romney's campaign released its fourth-quarter funding figures, and as everyone expected, Romney significantly self-funded.  He raised $9 million, which stacks up well against the other Republicans, but added twice as much into the kitty from his own pocket.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt put in $18 mil of his own, raised $9 mil
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and Romenesko
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payrolls Decline for First Time in Four Years  —  Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. unexpectedly lost jobs for the first time in more than four years, increasing the odds the economy will fall into a recession and making it likely the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates another half point next month.
Discussion: Eschaton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why's This Debate in Hollywood Debate Blogging  —  Obama kicks it off.  —  8:08 PM ... What GOP operative masterminded holding this debate at the Kodak theatre with a bunch of movie stars in the audience?  —  8:12 PM ... The forces of niceness begin in the ascendent.  —  8:13 PM ... Excellent.
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and Brian Beutler
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
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New York Times:
Dozens Killed in Worst Baghdad Attack in Months
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Salon
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Over the Top  —  Jonah, I may be a one-woman over-the-top machine …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Payrolls Drop for First Time Since 2003
Waleed Ibrahim / Reuters:
Iraq VP says won't ratify key Baathists law
Eric Boehlert / Salon:
Republicans make Fox News sick
Discussion: Pandagon and I Am TRex
Washington Post:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Won  —  It was, I think, his best debate in the campaign so far.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Polar Bears and Seer Suckers
 Earlier Items: 
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Financial Times:
Last year's model: stricken US homeowners confound predictions
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Times of London:
Obama bagman is sent to jail over $3.5m payment by British tycoon
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's John Amato Joins Keith Olbermann For Post Debate Analysis
Discussion: Hullabaloo and I Am TRex
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Clinton Buys Entire Hour on Hallmark Channel for Feb. 4