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9:00 AM ET, November 23, 2007

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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Where the Votes Are, So Are All Those Calories  —  Running for president is like entering a competitive eating contest and a beauty pageant all at once.  Candidates are expected to eat local specialties often and with gusto, yet still look attractive and fit.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Word of mouth boosts 'Huck' in Iowa polls  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has gone from near zero to a statistical tie for first in polls of Iowa Republicans, not because of a superior organization or from spending money, but because of a tactic few candidates can copy: Religious word-of-mouth.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Nominations may be decided in one quick blitz  —  New Hampshire sets its earliest primary yet.  Presidential hopefuls will probably campaign through the holidays.  —  After months of suspense, New Hampshire on Wednesday scheduled its presidential primary for Jan. 8 — the state's earliest date ever …
Discussion: The Politico
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request  —  Secret Warrants Granted Without Probable Cause  —  Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects …
Dan Lehr / WTVC-TV:
Corker "Underwhelmed" With President Bush  —  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker raised some eyebrows at a luncheon at the Chattanoogan hotel Tuesday with remarks about President Bush.  —  Speaking to a crowd of about 500 supporters, led by Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey …
Reuters:
Clinton wins surprise support from former French first lady  —  PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won surprise backing from the wife of former French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday, together with a pledge to join her on the campaign trail.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Rudy  —  Rudy Giuliani can play a little rough at times, but there are some moments when an inner light turns on and he turns downright idealistic.  One of those moments came on Oct. 10, 1996, as he stepped on the podium at the Kennedy School of Government to deliver a speech on immigration.
Telegraph:
Taliban control half of Afghanistan, says report  —  The Taliban has a permanent presence in most of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling into the group's hands, according to a report from an international think tank.  —  The Senlis Council claimed that the insurgents controlled …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Daimnation!
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Banks Gone Wild  —  "What were they smoking?" asks the cover of the current issue of Fortune magazine.  Underneath the headline are photos of recently deposed Wall Street titans, captioned with the staggering sums they managed to lose.  —  The answer, of course, is that they were high on the usual drug — greed.
Tim Montgomerie / Times of London:
Where has Bush got with jaw-jaw?  —  American foreign policy has been nothing like as interventionist as its critics like to think  —  Critics of George W. Bush's Middle East policy are hoping for a change in direction once America's 43rd President has left the White House.
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Court Dismisses Legal Challenge Against Musharraf  —  Move Clears Way for Leader to Serve Another Presidential Term  —  President Pervez Musharraf's script for a tightly controlled political transition moved ahead on cue Thursday, as his hand-picked Supreme Court dismissed the final legal challenge …
The Huffington Post:
Joe and Valerie Wilson: Treason is Not Old News  —  "I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources.  They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors."  George Herbert Walker Bush, CIA dedication ceremony, April 26, 1999.
Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters:
A 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending - participate by not participating  —  Action update: MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot "goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels".
DhinMi / Daily Kos:
Repubs Warn Repubs They're Losing the Center; Will Dems Fight Hard Enough to Win It? … Over at Swing State Project, James has a great compilation of recent comments by prominent Republicans, many retired, expressing great pessimism about their party.  The recurring theme is that the Republicans …
 
 
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