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9:45 AM ET, December 29, 2007

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Jesus H Christ / The Huffington Post:
Bill Kristol To Become New York Times Columnist In 2008  —  The Huffington Post has learned that, in a move bound to create controversy, the New York Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will become a weekly columnist in 2008.  Kristol, a prominent neo-conservative who recently departed …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Crisis Overseas Is Sudden Test for Candidates  —  WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — For the presidential candidates, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has emerged as a ghoulish sort of test: a chance to project leadership and competence — or not — on a fast-moving and nuanced foreign policy issue.
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New York Times:
Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines
Discussion: Eschaton
Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Huckabee Slipping  —  WASHINGTON — While public polls show Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney in Iowa, a new survey of an oversized sample shows Huckabee slipping and no longer ahead of Romney.  —  A private corporate interest commissioned a phone bank survey of 15,000 Iowans …
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Politico
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Invisible Blogger  —  The sidewalks of Harlem's main thoroughfares are wide and inviting, and in the 1960s the kids playing “boxball” shared the asphalt squares with some of the greatest orators in creation.  The most famous spot for speechifying was the “Speakers' Corner” …
Kagro X / Daily Kos:
Bush claims Senate's pro forma sessions don't count  —  That veto George W. Bush threatened of the Defense authorization bill?  The one with the troops' pay raise in it?  —  He hasn't even got the stones to put his signature to it: … That's right, civics fans: Bush is claiming this is a …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Open Left
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?  —  Edwards Criticizes Rivals as the Campaign in Iowa Enters the Home Stretch  —  In a wide-ranging, free-wheeling interview with Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards with ABC News Friday afternoon, the former North Carolina senator labeled …
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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards offers a 527 letter, too
Greg Giroux / CQ Politics:
Lott's Mississippi Senate Successor Gets Named on Monday  —  There will be a New Year's Eve Senate name-dropping in Mississippi, when Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is scheduled to announce his appointee as the interim replacement to resigned Republican Sen. Trent Lott.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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Bill Minor / Clarion-Ledger:
Has Barbour set stage for ‘lifetime job’ for GOP Senate seat?
Discussion: Hattiesburg American
Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad  —  A new Pizza Hut ad (see YouTube video above) that uses slices of presidential debate commentary to tout a cut-rate pizza deal has angered backers of Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.  —  “Are people seeing lower prices now?” …
Discussion: Rox Populi and Cliff Schecter
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani, Seeking to Gain Ground, Returns to a Familiar Theme: 9/11  —  FORT DODGE, Iowa — With his campaign hitting a rocky patch just before the first votes are cast, Rudolph W. Giuliani is returning to the themes that transformed him from a lame-duck mayor of New York City …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and New York Post
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture, or is it just annoying our snobs?  —  The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture, by Andrew Keen, New York: Currency, 228 pages, $22.95  —  Andrew Keen's website claims, without a hint of humility …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Associated Press:
Activists want Bush, Cheney subject to arrest  —  MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.  —  A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda …
Janny Scott / New York Times:
A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line  —  The 2006 Democratic primary campaign for the presidency of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was vintage Chicago politics.  —  The incumbent was an aging party loyalist, mayoral confederate and institution in black Chicago.
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Police Sting  —  Firefighter Busted for Exposing Himself to Sunbather Appeals ‘Entrapment’ Conviction  —  Law enforcement officials say that sting operations like these are an extremely effective means of lowering crime rates and stopping the criminally minded before they commit worse offenses.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Gen. Clark on Obama's Attack on Hillary  —  Gen. Wesley Clark today: … Here's another tidbit of information.  On December 12, 2007, Katie Couric asked the candidates which country frightened them the most.  Barack Obama answered “Iran."  Hillary answered “Pakistan."  From the transcript (available on Lexis.com):
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser  —  In recent days, Mike Huckabee has tried to answer long-standing questions about who is on his foreign policy team.  On Friday morning, he listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”
 
 
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
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Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama Tops Final Democratic Power Rankings, Edwards and Clinton Tie for Second
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Lets Currency Appreciate a Bit Faster
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
HC Rushing Bhutto's Forthcoming Book
Discussion: New York Observer
Associated Press:
Australian Guantanamo Convict Released
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMmuckraker
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Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
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