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1:25 AM ET, February 1, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
First Thoughts: The Dem Debate  —  I was tempted to call this encounter a draw but I am mindful that there are no zero sum debates in presidential politics.  —  And twenty minutes of Iraq happened.  And so I'll give Obama the edge.  Clinton was forced, for about 20 minutes, to recapitulate her vote on Iraq, over and over again.
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 28-30, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Initial indications show support for John McCain is increasing following his win in the Florida presidential primary and the subsequent withdrawal of Rudy Giuliani, who endorsed McCain.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's John Amato Joins Keith Olbermann For Post Debate Analysis
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Minnesota Public Radio:
Poll: Clinton, McCain leading in Minnesota
Discussion: The Field
Brit Hume / Fox News:
How One News Organization Handled the Edwards and Giuliani Stories
Discussion: Riehl World View
Matt / Think Progress:
Hume laughs at idea of Americans being beheaded.
Discussion: My Two Sense
Obama: Most Liberal Senator In 2007  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings.  The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Nonpartisan avatar of hope and healing somehow has most liberal …
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Depressingly stupid goddamn journalism  —  Dear Dr. Atrios.  I have a good Wanker of the Day nominee for you.  His name is Jake Tapper and he's (tragically) a senior national correspondent at ABC.  He's also apparently illiterate.  Check it: … Or perhaps you should actually read …
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 …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:   Being Accused of “Parsing” By the Clinton Campaign
Mark R. Levin / National Review:
Rally for Romney  —  I have spent nearly four decades in the conservative movement — from precinct worker to the Reagan White House.  I campaigned for Reagan in 1976 and 1980.  I served in several top positions during the Reagan administration, including chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Obama's Muslim Summit  —  Reuters reports that if Barack Obama becomes President, he'll hold a summit with all leaders of Muslim countries: … Is he planning on doing this before or after bombing Pakistan?  Because that could have an effect on that gap he's talking about.
Obama wants summit with Muslim countries
Discussion: The Heretik
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Choice  —  It's gotten to that time in the primary contest where lines are drawn, camps are solidified and conversations around dinner tables grow heated.  My friend Dan recently put it this way: “You start talking about the candidates, and next thing you know someone's crying!”
Discussion: Pandagon and Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Blow by blow: Clinton vs. Obama  —  My colleague Jonathan Martin, in the theater, hears Obama apologize to an autograph seeker.  —  “I'm not going to be able to personalize it, because I've got to get out of here,” he says.  —  Facebook Google Technorati  —  A final touch
Discussion: Liberal Values and LA Observed
Sources: Al Qaeda's No. 3 man killed  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A senior al Qaeda terrorist active in operational planning and training has been killed in Pakistan, a knowledgeable Western official and an unnamed military source said Thursday.  —  The official identified the terrorist as Abu Laith al-Libi …
Matt / Think Progress:
Glenn Beck's Rants Against ‘Juan McCain’ Would Not Be Welcome At  —  Discussing last night's GOP debate on his radio show today, Glenn Beck and fill-in host Pat Gray mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by derisively calling him “Juan McCain."  Beck, who considers McCain's sponsorship …
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Non-Debate  —  If one studies carefully the Clintama answers on the war on terror, illegal immigration, and Iraq then the magnitude of Republican infighting seems surreal.  The gulf between Hillary and McCain is Grand-Canyon like.  This debate came down to Obama, talking in vague generalities …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Ted Olson  —  Ted Olson, fomer U.S. Solicitor General and conservative legal icon, has just informed me that he is endorsing John McCain.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Sprawling, Diverse State Poses Special Challenge for Candidates
Discussion: James Fallows and MSNBC
Matt Renner / truthout:
Telecom Group Key Player in Immunity Battle
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Clinton Buys Entire Hour on Hallmark Channel for Feb. 4
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
McCain & The Corner
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
I'm at the Debate  —  I just got here and it's wild outside.
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Hastert knocks McCain as ‘allied with Democrats’
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Do Not Pass Go. Get to the Hospital.
Max Follmer / The Huffington Post:
Flatlining To Frontrunner: A Media Retrospective On McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Field and MyDD
Media Matters for America:
Savage: “Bring in 10 million more from Africa. ...
Internet failure hits two continents
Discussion: FP Passport and Pajamas Media
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Short of Votes for Stimulus Bill
Discussion: The Agonist
Al Giordano / The Field:
Kennedy Lionized on El Piolín in 20 Minute Pro-Obama Call
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Can Friends of Israel—and Jews—Trust Obama?
Washington Wire:
Volcker Joins List of Obama Backers
Discussion: Corrente and Hotline On Call
Jen Haberkorn / Washington Times:
Obama: Decriminalize pot

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