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11:25 PM ET, December 12, 2007

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The Washington Post / The Trail:
Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use  —  Bill Shaheen, Clinton's New Hampshire co-chair.  (AP).  —  DOVER, N.H. — Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama's past admissions of drug use …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Shaheen: Did Obama sell drugs?
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Riehl World View
AlterNet.org:
The Cartoon Mitt Romney Doesn't Want You To See [VIDEO]  —  Posted by Oliver Willis, Oliver Willis.com at 4:32 AM on December 12, 2007.  —  That it's got over 500,000 views on YouTube can't help someone like Mitt Romney  —  I don't know enough about Mormon theology to know if this bit …
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Marc Ambinder:
First Take: The Final Republican Debate  —  The headline is that no one laid a glove on Mike Huckabee.  And that Mitt Romney had a hell of a good afternoon.  He seemed more sinewy than usual, less programmed, quite (dare we say) presidential, and even-tempered.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact that Mike Huckabee is basically just making stuff up as he goes along and plainly doesn't have clue about most of the things he's asked about.  Economic policy?  How about a 30% sales tax?  Foreign policy?
Alex Mooney / CNN:
Huckabee apologizes for comments on Mormons
Discussion: The World Wide Rant and L.A. Times
CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
A Debate in Name Only  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a debate …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
The Huckabee Factor  —  Mike Huckabee walked into the lobby …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
First Impressions
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Fred Wins, Iowa Loses  —  Why Carolyn Washburn should keep her day job.  —  HERE WE WERE on Wednesday, a nation of political junkies gathered around our televisions to watch the candidates debate each other one last time, and we had as a moderator one Carolyn Washburn, the editor of the Des Moines Register.
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Huckabee Shines in Lackluster Debate  —  Last Chance GOP Debate a Missed Opportunity for Would-Be Iowa Contenders  —  The GOP Des Moines Register debate was lackluster but good news for front-runners Mike Huckabee, of Arkansas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
Discussion: Time, Hot Air and Eunomia
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pelosi backs down in spending battle  —  In the face of stiff opposition from powerful fellow Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has abandoned a proposal she supported less than 24 hours ago to eliminate lawmakers' earmarks from the omnibus spending package.
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Deal would give Bush victory on war funding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic lawmakers and staffers privately say they're closing in on a broad budget deal that would give President Bush as much as $70 billion in new war funding.  —  The deal would lack a key provision Democrats had attached …
Discussion: Open Left
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi buys $16K worth of flowers
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Kucinich booted from Iowa debate  —  Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is being excluded from this week's Iowa presidential debate because he has not rented office space in the Hawkeye State, his campaign said Wednesday.  —  The Des Moines Register informed the campaign that Kucinich is not invited …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ENTER ALAN KEYES
Satyam / Think Progress:
Rep. King Decries 'Assault On Christmas,' Calls On Americans To 'Stand Up' And 'Worship Christ'  —  Rep. Steve King recently (R-IA) introduced legislation recognizing the "importance of Christmas and the Christian faith," despite previously opposing resolutions recognizing the Muslim celebration of Ramadan and the Hindu Diwali.
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David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:
Attackers Shouted "This is a Christian Country"  —  ...before the ten of them started beating up a group of Jews on the Q train in New York City.  —  2 Comments for the post: Attackers Shouted "This is a Christian Country"  —  Entropy said,  —  And the point of this post is?  —  Idiosyncrat said,
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Melissa Grace / NY Daily News:
Muslim hero breaks up train beating
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Liberty Street
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Debate  —  REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR FRED THOMPSON FORMER AMBASSADOR ALAN KEYES MODERATOR: CAROLYN WASHBURN
Discussion: Power Line
Amanda / Think Progress:
Sen. Kit Bond: Waterboarding Is Like 'Swimming'  —  Yesterday on PBS's Newshour, host Gwen Ifill asked Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) whether waterboarding constitutes torture.  Bond replied that the technique is actually more like "swimming": … Watch it:  —  Conservatives have repeatedly tried …
Peter Clothier / The Huffington Post:
Do You Need a Gun?  —  I don't.  I hope never to find myself in a situation where I would have needed one to protect my life—though I concede that this is a dire possibility in a country where guns seem so prevalent.  They are designed for only one purpose: to kill.
Lee Hammel / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Jihad noted in wiretaps  —  Jurors hear conversations of 2 in charity fraud case  —  BOSTON— The jury in the case of three officers of a defunct Muslim charity listened yesterday to wiretaps in U.S. District Court in which two of the defendants spoke to two men who subsequently were convicted …
 
 
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Canadian Muslim Teen's Dad Charged in Her Murder; Friends …
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C.I.A. Chief Admits Failure to Inform Congress
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Novak's non-scandal  —  So remember all the hubub and rapid-response …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Taylor Marsh
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Why Didn't We Endorse Thompson?
Laura Vozzella / Baltimore Sun:
I see Utah, I see France ...  The American electorate has matured …
Discussion: Wonkette
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Gonzales named lawyer of the year
Discussion: Truthdig
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Boehner admits GOP money situation 'sucks'
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