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10:20 AM ET, February 1, 2008


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Washington Post:
Head to Head, Clinton, Obama Shelve Rancor  —  Democrats Point to Differences — Especially With Republicans  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama set aside personal hostilities here Thursday night but sharply disagreed on who has the better combination of leadership and experience …
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times, QandO and Suitably Flip
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt put in $18 mil of his own, raised $9 mil  —  Mitt Romney contributed $18 million of his own money to his campaign in the fourth quarter, more than he had put in the first three quarters combined.  —  Romney also raised $9 million during the quarter and wound up with $2.43 million on hand.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Self-Funding In An Age Of BCRA
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
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
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's John Amato Joins Keith Olbermann For Post Debate Analysis  —  Following tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Crooks and Liars' John Amato joined Keith Olbermann, Arianna Huffington and TPM's Josh Marshall on a special edition of Countdown to talk about the debate from the blogosphere's perspective.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and I Am TRex
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 …
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
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: protein wisdom and JunkYardBlog
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Won  —  It was, I think, his best debate in the campaign so far.  The one-on-one format elevated him instantly and he commanded the stage and the occasion.  Hillary Clinton did not do poorly.  All her strengths were on show: the policy mastery, the gaffe-free talking points, the Clinton record in the 1990s.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Washington Post:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  Microsoft Corp. has offered to buy struggling Internet search provider Yahoo for $44.6 billion, a merger that would combine two of the technology world's most well-known names into a potentially potent competitor for Google in the lucrative Web search and advertising market.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The McCain Transition
Discussion: MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
Buried WMD Scoop
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
Hamid Ahmed / Associated Press:
At least 64 dead in Baghdad market bombs
Discussion: Jihad Watch
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Polar Bears and Seer Suckers
More CNN debates on the horizon
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cat / Brits at their Best:
Sun's low magnetic activity may portend an ice age
 Earlier Items: 
Transcript of Thursday's Democratic presidential debate
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
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Non-Debate  —  If one studies carefully the Clintama answers …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Clinton Buys Entire Hour on Hallmark Channel for Feb. 4
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
McCain & The Corner
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Choice  —  It's gotten to that time in the primary contest …