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3:30 PM ET, February 1, 2008

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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: TalkLeft and Washington Monthly
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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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
That health care mailer  —  The Clinton campaign convened a conference call with health policy experts to denounce Obama's new mailer, which attacks Clinton's plan for “forcing” Americans to sign up for insurance, and which features a couple at a kitchen table that recalls, for some …
Paul Krugman:
Obama does Harry and Louise, again  —  The Obama campaign sends out an ugly mailer.  Sorry, but this is just destructive — like the Obama plan, the Clinton plan offers subsidies to lower-income families.  And BO himself has conceded that he might have to penalize people who don't buy insurance until they need care.
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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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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
MoveOn Endorses Obama
Discussion: MSNBC and Lawyers, Guns and Money
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
MoveOn.org: Obama  —  by Mark Silva and updated with reaction
Discussion: The Politico
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Reuters:
Female bombers kill 72 at Baghdad pet markets
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Tracking Election 2008  —  Based on daily polling from Jan. 29-31, 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as close as they have been since the polling program started at the beginning of 2008.
Sandy / Junkfood Science:
No fat people allowed: Only the slim will be allowed to dine in public!  —  It has actually happened.  Lawmakers have proposed legislation that forbids restaurants and food establishments from serving food to anyone who is obese (as defined by the State).  Under this bill …
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
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 …
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.
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
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:
Romney's Convictions  —  Mitt Romney has emerged as the last Republican with a chance to stop John McCain, and there's no doubt he's a candidate from central casting: successful in business and politics, a family man, and quicker and more articulate than most.
 
 
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Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Fevered Thoughts  —  I spent most of this past week in bed …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
John McCain=Benedict Arnold?
Discussion: Slate and The Corner
Peter Jamison / Valley News# Virginia Newspapers:
Archconservative Sides With Democrat
New York Times:
Senator Wants N.F.L. Spying Case Explained
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FredW / Matthew Yglesias:
About That Reconciliation  —  It looks as if, as was widely expected …
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Poll: NJ primary now in play; Clinton's lead falls to six points
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Bush legacy: Setting a standard in fear-mongering
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Mitt Romney Conference Call
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Political Scientists Say Obama Might Be More Liberal Than Hillary
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Re: The GOP's Best Hope
bls.gov:
Employment Situation Summary
David Brooks / New York Times:
The McCain Transition
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Clawing for a Legacy
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Here's the problem with McCain (Remember Alcibiades?)
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Coulter: If McCain's the nominee, I'll campaign for Hillary