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10:55 PM ET, January 2, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rush: Huck ‘not a conservative’  —  Rush Limbaugh devoted a large portion of his first show since the holidays to criticizing Mike Huckabee's candidacy and offering a disapproving bottom-line assessment of the former governor.  —  “Ladies and gentlemen, Gov. Huckabee, mighty fine man …
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Camp Pre-Spinning Possible Bad News in Iowa  —  Campaign Insists Even a Third-Place Finish Would Not Be Disappointing  —  As the presidential candidates engage in furious pre-caucus spin, one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent Iowa supporters said Wednesday that she's already accomplished …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton to appear on Letterman  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) made a last-minute decision to appear on “Late Night with David Letterman” on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, campaign sources said.  —  Wednesday is Letterman's first night back since the writer's strike began.
Discussion: TalkLeft, PunditGuy and 2008Central.net
Lisa Rossi / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee paints himself as the ‘underdog’ in caucuses
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Criminal probe opened over CIA tapes  —  WASHINGTON - The Justice Department opened a full criminal investigation Wednesday into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes, putting the politically charged probe in the hands of a mob-busting public corruption prosecutor with a reputation for being independent.
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The CIA Tapes Prosecutor is Neither “Outside” Nor “Special,” Nor “Independent”  —  Initial reports are that the Attorney General appointed an “outside” counsel to oversee the criminal investigation of the CIA tape destruction.  But there's nothing really “outside” about John Durham.
Rasmussen Reports:
As Campaign Season Begins, Only One Presidential Candidate is Viewed Favorably by Majority of Voters  —  One impact of the long run-up to Election 2008 can be seen in public perceptions of the leading Presidential candidates.  After a year of campaigning with no votes actually being cast …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Return of the Swift Boaters  —  More than three years after John Kerry's bitter defeat, at the dawn of what looks like a far more promising campaign cycle for the Democrats, the party is still haunted by the specter of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.  Once upon a time, “Swift boat” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonkette
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
“Revelation” (Charge) To Be Made Against New Hampshire Primary Candidate Monday?
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:   McCAIN TO BE BLINDSIDED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ON MONDAY?
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Late-Breaking Surge for Thompson  —  The latest news from Iowa?  According to Zogby's latest—and I quote: “Sen. Fred Thompson...has seen a late-breaking surge."  (Rich notes the same poll below.)  —  What's going on here?  My guess is that there are whole lot of Iowa Republicans …
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
A Vast Right-Wing Hypocrisy  —  Richard Mellon Scaife, billionaire bankroller of conservative crusades, spent heavily to expose Bill Clinton's “Troopergate” misbehavior.  Now Scaife's divorce from his second wife, Ritchie, is providing another unsavory saga—adultery! addiction! assault! dognapping!?!—as both parties let loose to V.F.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Simon / Bloggasm:
Readership of major liberal blogs declined in 2007 while conservative blog readership increased  —  It has long been understood that the largest liberal blogs have generally produced more web traffic than the largest conservative blogs.  But I have noticed a general trend over the past few months …
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lantos, stricken with cancer, to retire at the end of the year  —  (01-02) 12:07 PST Washington - —  San Mateo Rep. Tom Lantos, the 79-year-old Holocaust survivor who became House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman last year, announced today he will retire at the end of this year after learning that he has cancer of the esophagus.
Nick Langewis / PageOneQ.com Latest:
High-ranking DNC officials subpoenaed in discrimination lawsuit  —  According to documents obtained by PageOneQ, a series of senior Democratic National Committee officials has been subpoenaed in an ongoing discrimination lawsuit by former LGBT outreach director Donald Hitchcock.
 
 
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Bud Gillett / KTVT-TV:
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Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
Former “Dateline” reporter blasts NBC
New York Post:
TERROR ON THE RUN  —  THE YEAR THE TIDE TURNED
Satyam / Think Progress:
Jim Talent: Romney will stop ‘the militant gays.’
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Dodd stands by his supporters. Will not be part of an auction
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Clinton, Obama and the Caucus Factor
Discussion: Tom Watson
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Hastert, the Untold Story
Proteus / Eject! Eject!:
FORTY SECOND BOYD AND THE BIG PICTURE (Part 1)
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Young and in Love  —  The congressman from Texas has the race's …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
More on Letters to Pro-Huckabee Pastors
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
A Slimey Hallmark Card Named Mitt Romney
Deacon / Power Line:
THE ARLEN SPECTER OF THE SOUTH WEIGHS IN ON BEHALF OF JOHN MCCAIN
Discussion: Redstate
Nksagar / Huliq:
Laser Beam Technology Killed Benazir
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol in Iowa: “Snarky and Contemptuous”
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Josh Marshall's Readers Are... Not So Bright
Discussion: CNSNews, WFAA-TV and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
An Obama Ad Appears On Drudge, Mistakenly (Updated)
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

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More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

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