Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
The Miami Herald: Republicans keep it civil
With just five days to go before Florida's do-or-die Republican primary, Thursday's nationally televised debate could have been a bloodbath. Instead, it was more like a Rotary Club forum, with rivals doling out compliments and only the occasional polite disagreement. When the candidates posed questions to their rivals, they tossed Nerf balls.
Politico: McCain benefits as GOP on best behavior
Careful not to appear overly negative just days before Florida Republicans go to the polls, the GOP presidential hopefuls largely played nice at their debate here on Thursday night.
The State: Edwards rises in S.C. polls
With only a day left before Saturday’s S.C. Democratic presidential primary, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina and S.C. native, John Edwards is making a move, tracking polls suggest.
CNN: Kucinich getting out
Rep. Dennis Kucinich will announce he is abandoning his long shot bid for the White House in a news conference Friday, his campaign confirms to CNN.
WSJ: For Edwards, a Role as Possible Kingmaker
Indeed, the question among many Democratic Party officials is this: Why doesn't Mr. Edwards fold his presidential campaign tent, just as Rep. Dennis Kucinich formally plans to do today, and Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd and Bill Richardson have already done?
Washington Post: Aide Helped Controversial Russian Meet McCain
A top political adviser in Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign helped arrange an introduction in 2006 between McCain and a Russian billionaire whose suspected links to anti-democratic and organized-crime figures are so controversial that the U.S. government revoked his visa.
NY Times: Democrats Test Messages in Early Nationwide Ads
A coast-to-coast onslaught of presidential campaign advertisements began rolling out this week, with Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton already spending millions on commercials in Feb. 5 nominating states on a scale more reminiscent of a general election.
Washington Post: Big Apple Flavor at the Florida Deli
The best place to meet the Floridians who could save Rudy Giuliani's hide is here at the Flakowitz Bagel Inn, where just about everybody is from New York, and just about everyone remembers how the former mayor either: (a) cleaned up their city, or (b) turned out to be a real jerk.
Washington Post: Clinton, Obama Back Off Attacks
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stepped back from the brink in their war of words Thursday, with each pulling harsh radio ads from local airwaves and seeking to play down intra-party tensions.
USA Today: Clinton campaign fires back at Obama team over 'attacks' on Bill Clinton
The war of words between the presidential campaigns of Democratic senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama continues.
WSJ: McCain Gets Edge for Electability
The leading Republican presidential candidates all claim to be the best-suited to overcome the Democratic tide expected in the general election. But opinion polls clearly favor Arizona Sen. John McCain in that regard.
WSJ: The Hoarse Race: When Candidates Lose Their Voices
"I found my own voice," a triumphant but slightly hoarse Hillary Clinton told supporters after she won the New Hampshire Democratic primary. If history is any guide, the New York senator soon will lose it, too.
LA Times: Giuliani's private ventures have mixed record
On June 22, 2004, Rudolph W. Giuliani made a bold promise in the fight against terrorism. The former New York mayor told reporters that his newest business venture, called Bio-ONE, would swiftly eliminate deadly anthrax from a tabloid newspaper office. The site still stood padlocked, more than 2 1/2 years after the worst biological terrorism attack in U.S. history. "You will see me walk through those doors," pledged Giuliani, who is now seeking the Republican presidential nomination. But Giuliani never entered the building.
LA Times: Obama supporters working the female vote
If you are registered to vote and have ever worn pantyhose, Women for Obama wants you - and for good reason. In past races for the Democratic presidential nomination, the candidate who has attracted the most women has won.
Washington Times: McCain focuses on party voters
Sen. John McCain's camp says that contrary to conventional wisdom their candidate’s victories in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries were fueled by Republicans — not independents — making Florida's Republican-only primary on Tuesday ripe for another victory.
The State: Choosing A President | The Democratic Primary | For women, a choice, a dilemma
S.C. women are torn between two historic quests playing out in Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary. The race between U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who would be her party’s first female nominee, and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who would be his party’s first black nominee, has divided women along generational and racial lines.
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