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5:50 AM ET, December 13, 2007

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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: Hot Air, Time and Eunomia
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
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Debate Roundup
Discussion: The New Republic
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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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Sees Problem for Obama  —  DES MOINES — A top adviser to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that Senator Barack Obama's admission of illegal drug use as a young man could threaten his electability and be seized on by Republicans if he won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton Camp Targets Obama's Drug Use  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said Wednesday that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama's admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate.
Wyocwby / stephenbainbridge.com:
Personal Presidential Elimination Process: The Case Against Mike Huckabee
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
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems cave on spending  —  Senate and House Democrats backed down Wednesday from a spending showdown with President Bush.  —  The Democrats' capitulation Wednesday on the total domestic spending level is the latest instance of Bush prevailing on a major policy showdown.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Wizbang
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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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
CNN:
Muslim helps Jews attacked on New York subway  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A Muslim man jumped to the aid of three Jewish subway riders after they were attacked by a group of young people who objected to one of the Jews saying "Happy Hanukkah," a spokeswoman for the three said Wednesday.
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National Review:
THEY'LL LOVE YOU FOR IT!  ORDER HERE.  —  Last Night, I Helped Huck [David Freddoso]  —  Last night, I went to my favorite watering hole.  It's part of my job.  That's what I tell myself, anyway.  —  At various times, I was chatting with Capitol Hill's second-most disgruntled Democratic staffer …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Update on Ratings of Bush, Congress  —  Thirty-seven percent approve of Bush, 22% of Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll, conducted Dec. 6-9, finds 37% of Americans approving of the job George W. Bush is doing as president, an improvement from his recent scores in the low 30s.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Van Hollen concerned about GOP 527 groups  —  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) signaled concern about the prospect of GOP-aligned 527 groups pouring money into contested races, according to a memo he wrote to House Democrats today.
Louise Gray / Scotsman:
Half of Scots see Muslims as 'cultural threat' in wake of terrorist attacks  —  THE number of Scots who hold discriminatory attitudes towards Muslims has increased over the last three years following the terrorist attacks in London, new figures showed yesterday.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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Don Surber:
YouTubing Reid  —  His games with supporting our troops are exposed on the Internet.
Discussion: Say Anything
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Question Of Iowa Student Voting Flares Into Major Issue
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Jihad noted in wiretaps
Associated Press:
Canadian Muslim Teen's Dad Charged in Her Murder; Friends …
Michelle Malkin:
Scrooges on the Hill: Saying no to Christmas resolution
John Bruhns / The Huffington Post:
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Rob Helpy-Chalk / Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk:
"If only we had forgiven Iraq for 9/11"
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Coburn Plays the `Skunk' in Year-End Legislative Rush
Discussion: Redstate
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact …
Confederate Yankee:
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Admits Failure to Inform Congress
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Laura Vozzella / Baltimore Sun:
I see Utah, I see France ...  The American electorate has matured …
Discussion: Big Head DC and Wonkette
Peter Clothier / The Huffington Post:
Do You Need a Gun?  —  I don't.  I hope never to find myself …