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8:30 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Huckabee's Remarkable Play  —  DES MOINES — Talk about political jujitsu!  —  Mike Huckabee is holding a press conference right now in which he was supposed to unveil a new negative ad against arch rival Mitt Romney.  —  But Mr. Huckabee came to the press conference and announced …
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Huckabust  —  Just when you think the Republican presidential race can't get weirder...Mike Huckabee holds a press conference here to announce that he'd just made a last minute decision not to air a negative TV ad slamming Romney.  —  And then he airs the ad (Video courtesy of Mark Halperin who was setting in the row behund me).
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Page
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck's instant classic  —  Mike Huckabee's move to not run ads hitting back at Mitt Romney is a risky move that could rejuvenate his fading campaign — or ensure his defeat on Thursday.  —  >> Check out the press conference slideshow  —  That Huckabee still showed the spot to dozens …
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Decides Not To Air Those Nasty Ads...And Then Airs A Nasty Ad  —  The Romney campaign is already calling this a “meltdown."  Whatever it is, it's a little bizarre.  —  So Mike Huckabee schedules a news conference to talk about the negative ads he's decided to run against Mitt Romney.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee pulls out surprise move  —  In a surprise move, Mike Huckabee said today that he won't air negative ads against Mitt Romney.  —  Claiming that he changed his mind this morning, Huckabee told reporters gathered in anticipation of seeing the spots that he would no longer attack Romney off the air …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Saying He Pulled Negative Ad, Huckabee Shows It  —  DES MOINES — In an act of political jujitsu, Mike Huckabee has halted a negative ad that he was about to broadcast on television Monday against his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.  But while claiming the moral high ground …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Did Huckabee go too far?
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Hillary says she risked life on White House trips  —  VINTON, Iowa - Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton's eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she's looked for an opening to strike back.  —  On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics (Update: Hillary Fibbing?)
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Quiet Heroism of Hillary Clinton
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Takes “Dig” At Edwards' Trial Lawyer Past  —  Is Barack Obama broadening his criticism of John Edwards to suggest that his lucrative trial lawyer past indicates less of a commitment to public service than Obama has?  —  That's what The Washington Post concluded in a piece …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
What if Iowa Settles Nothing for Democrats?
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Decoding the Obama Conference Call
Mike Ferner / AfterDowningStreet.org:
PEACE ACTIVISTS OCCUPY HUCKABEE'S IOWA CAMPAIGN OFFICE  —  Protesters ask former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?"  —  Des Moines - With 40 percent of Iowa's Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee's …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Huck's day gets even stranger
Dan Balz / The Trail:
A Diligent Clinton Keeps Her Head Down
Discussion: Newsday and MyDD
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Clinton Leads But Loses Ground; GOP Remains Deadlocked  —  Tough two-man race on GOP side, but McCain makes move into sturdy third place  —  UTICA, New York - The race for the Democratic presidential nomination tightened slightly over the last 24 hours …
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Ross Douthat:
The Coming Conservative Civil War
Discussion: The Corner
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
MS. HILLARY DOES PAKISTAN  —  Thomas Houlahan comments on Ms. Hillary's recent discussions of events in Pakistan with Wolf Blitzer and George Stephanopoulos, addressing the question: “How credible is Hillary Clinton on Pakistan?"  Houlahan writes: … A transcript of Senator Clinton's interview …
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Peter Galbraith / Guardian:
Pakistan may not make it  —  The country's future now depends …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Middle East Times:
OP-ED: Thomas Houlahan
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Douglas Feiden / NY Daily News:
Bedbug epidemic attacks New York City  —  A bedbug epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City - striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov. Spitzer's father, the Daily News has learned.  —  The blood-sucking nocturnal creatures have infested a Park Ave. penthouse …
Discussion: Wizbang and Gothamist
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP, IT'S AN OUTRAGE  —  As we get deeper into the campaign, I do not have a problem with excluding candidates who are not generating any substantial public support.  Gravel, I think, was an example of that in the Democratic debates.  But I think the Paulbots have a pretty good case for outrage …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Looking at America  —  There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country.  Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators …
 
 
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