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2:15 PM ET, February 1, 2008

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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.
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Doug Gordon / MoveOn.org:
MoveOn Endorsement Throws Progressive Weight  —  Behind Barack Obama  —  3.2 Million Members Nationwide Mobilize to Get Out the Progressive Vote for Senator Obama  —  Group Has Over 1.7 Million Members In Super Tuesday States  —  In a resounding vote today, MoveOn.org Political Action's …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MOVEON, CA SEIU TO ENDORSE OBAMA
Discussion: The Caucus, MyDD and Raising Kaine
CNN:
U.S.: ‘Demonic’ militants sent women to bomb markets in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Two mentally disabled women were strapped with explosives Friday and sent into busy Baghdad markets, where they were blown up by remote control, a top Iraqi government official said.
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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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA'S “HARRY AND LOUISE” AD.  —  I was going to write a post about the health care exchange in last night's debate, noting that Hillary Clinton is basically arguing against Barack Obama's mandate from the wrong direction.  The problem isn't that it leaves people out, but that it effectively closes off …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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.
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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 …
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philly.com:
Bush legacy: Setting a standard in fear-mongering  —  Richard A. Clarke is former head of counterterrorism at the National Security Council  —  When I left the Bush administration in 2003, it was clear to me that its strategy for defeating terrorism was leaving our nation more vulnerable and our people in a perilous place.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Waiting for Gore  —  It feels official: Barack Obama has momentum.  He won a resounding victory in South Carolina.  He just posted another astonishing fundraising total.  Gallup reports that he's pulled to within four points of Hillary Clinton.  And Ted Kennedy's endorsement Monday had the feel of history about it.
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Romney v. McCain v. Coulter v. Obama  —  If Ann Coulter's declares again that she'd campaign for Hillary at CPAC, she will be booed and rightly so.  Not only did her grandstanding on Hannity & Colmes divert attention from the real issue before conservatives —the need to abandon the idea …
Discussion: Eunomia
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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FredW / Matthew Yglesias:
About That Reconciliation  —  It looks as if, as was widely expected …
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Sandy / Junkfood Science:
No fat people allowed: Only the slim will be allowed to dine in public!
Discussion: Feministe and Alas, a blog
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Sheds 17,000 Jobs
Discussion: Blog entry and Big Brass Blog
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Re: The GOP's Best Hope
 Earlier Items: 
bls.gov:
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Matt Welch / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's doves  —  He's a hawk on the war, yet independent …
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Aaron / Inside Cable News:
Karl Rove to join Fox News Channel...
Discussion: Think Progress
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Focus-group women unchanged post-debate
Discussion: Spin Cycle and race42008.com
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Over the Top  —  Jonah, I may be a one-woman over-the-top machine …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why's This Debate in Hollywood Debate Blogging
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Won  —  It was, I think, his best debate in the campaign so far.