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4:10 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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Dan Gearino / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
New Lee poll: Edwards moves into 3-way tie  —  A new Iowa caucus poll from Lee Enterprises newspapers shows the Democratic race is a virtual three-way tie, with John Edwards rising to tie Barack Obama for the lead and Hillary Clinton rising to just one point behind.
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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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Dodd unloads on Obama and Clinton  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Chris Dodd is a warm and friendly guy, a charmer, a hail fellow well met.  But when he hits you, he wants to raise a bruise.  —  And he hit both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at an afternoon rally at his headquarters Friday, less than a week before the Iowa caucus.
ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Crisis Overseas Is Sudden Test for Candidates
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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 …
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George W. Bush / White House:
Memorandum of Disapproval  —  Fact Sheet: National Defense Authorization Act Section 1083: A Danger to Iraq's Progress  —  Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Scott Stanzel  —  I am withholding my approval of H.R. 1585, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008,” …
John Dickerson / Slate:
A SNEAK PREVIEW OF JOHN MCCAIN'S SECRET ANTI-ROMNEY AD.  —  On Thursday, Mitt Romney put up a television ad knocking John McCain for not supporting tax cuts and offering amnesty to illegal aliens.  The ad asks “John McCain, an honorable man.  But is he the right Republican for the future?”
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’  —  Manchester, N.H. - The back and forth has been fast and furious since former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacked Sen. John McCain in an ad this morning, accusing him of voting against tax cuts and trying to give illegal immigrants Social Security benefits.
Michael Yon:
News flash for Osama bin Laden  —  Here's a news flash for Osama bin Laden, who earlier today released a call " to guerrilla forces in Mesopotamia. “  —  I have directly observed how more and more Iraqis have grown to hate al Qaeda as much as Americans do.
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New York Times:
Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence  —  DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee used the volatile situation in Pakistan Friday to make an argument for building a fence on the American border with Mexico and found himself trying to explain a series of remarks about Pakistanis and their nation.
Munir Ahmad / Associated Press:
Pakistan: Bhutto Died of Skull Fracture … ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Benazir Bhutto died from a skull fracture suffered when her head slammed against her car during a suicide attack—not from bullet wounds, the government said Friday.  —  Pakistan's interior minister blamed al-Qaida …
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: NOT WHAT SHE SEEMED TO BE
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.”
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Hillary Clinton may tout her 35 years of experience as the principal reason to vote for her, but Chris Dodd says counting her eight years in the White House as First Lady as a qualification “is an exaggeration, in my view.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama Tops Final Democratic Power Rankings, Edwards and Clinton Tie for Second  —  With less than a week to go before Iowans brave the cold weather to attend their precinct caucuses, the Democratic race is as difficult to predict as ever.  Campaigns have blanketed the state with candidates and surrogates …
Discussion: MyDD
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
As Caucuses Near, Iowa Bloggers Enjoy Their Day in the Sun
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):
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Lets Currency Appreciate a Bit Faster  —  HONG KONG — China's currency rose steeply against the dollar this week, feeding speculation that Chinese authorities, yielding to international pressure and economic realities at home, were allowing their currency to appreciate more rapidly.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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” …
Discussion: Group News Blog
 
 
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Bill Minor / Clarion-Ledger:
Has Barbour set stage for ‘lifetime job’ for GOP Senate seat?
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture …
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Associated Press:
Activists want Bush, Cheney subject to arrest
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Police Sting
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee Jokes About Cheney Hunting Incident - Then Fires Over Heads Of Reporters
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
HC Rushing Bhutto's Forthcoming Book
Discussion: New York Observer
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
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Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Is Ron Paul an Evolution Denier? Apparently Yes.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Principle Trumped Partisanship
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Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found …
 

 
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