It was a Republican weekend. Mike Huckabee did well in the Values Voter Summit and didn't hurt himself in the debate. Will he be able to get any support out of this? Huckabee needs more than just a bit of good news in polls in Iowa -- he needs cash.
Jim Geraghty at
Online offers his views on the Fox GOP debate Sunday night. He thinks it was the best one so far. He had Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani and Huckabee doing well. Funny how takes are so vastly different.
Jeff Emanuel reviews the GOP debate on Redstate.com. He says Huckabee and John McCain were the big winners, with McCain having the best lines of the night.
David Brody discusses the Values Voters forum. He focuses on Huckabee and his showing in the straw poll. Will Sam Brownback's dropout help propel Huckabee?
Dean Baker backs up Duncan Hunter. He contends that trade does have something to do with the shortfalls in Medicare and Social Security.
Taylor Marsh wonders how badly Barack Obama wants to win South Carolina. Would he want it badly enough to have a
homophobe in his camp?
Ben Smith at Politico.com discusses Hillary Clinton's letter to voters in Iowa about Iran. Yes, you read that right. In the mailer, Clinton defends her stance on Iran.
The Washington Post
sums up the Clinton-Obama Iran dust up, too.
Andrew Sullivan talks about fundamentalism and violence. His entry into the conversation doesn't begin where you might expect -- it's a reaction to online porn.
Steve Bergstein analyzes a recent court decision involving a so-called 9/11 conspirator who wasn't. Why did the court and presumably the FBI redact portions of the statement? Was it torture-related forced confession?
Juan Cole collates the latest news on Iraq -- two big stories. Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels killed 17 Turkish soldiers. The U.S. military incursion into Sadr City killed civilians. How much of a fuss will Nouri al-Maliki's government make?
Firedoglake has a takedown on Valerie Plame Wilson's new book. They note that much of the book was redacted by the CIA, drastically affecting the piece.