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6:30 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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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):
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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.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Crisis Overseas Is Sudden Test for Candidates
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines
Discussion: Eschaton
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,” …
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
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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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.
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.”
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” …
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love  —  The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  —  Journals  —  This is a bad, vain, dull, repulsive book.  Don't read it.  I didn't.  —  Oops, have I committed the previous sentence to print?  I've just broken the most sacred vow of book reviewers.
Discussion: DBKP
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 …
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
 
 
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Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama Tops Final Democratic Power Rankings, Edwards and Clinton Tie for Second
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Associated Press:
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Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee claims cash gusher
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