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10:10 AM ET, December 12, 2007


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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
CNN N.H. Poll: Obama, Clinton tied; Romney remains strong  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama has chipped away at Hillary Clinton's lead in New Hampshire, and the two Democratic presidential hopefuls are now locked in a statistical tie less than one month before the first-in-the-nation primary, a CNN/WMUR Poll released Wednesday shows.
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Huckabee Questions Mormons' Belief  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"  —  The article, to be published in Sunday's New York Times Magazine …
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
The Huckabee Factor  —  Mike Huckabee walked into the lobby of the Des Moines Marriott at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, deposited an armful of dirty laundry at the desk and checked to make sure he was being credited with Marriott Rewards points toward his next stay.  Then, accompanied by his wife …
National Review Online:
Romney for President  —  Many conservatives are finding it difficult to pick a presidential candidate.  Each of the men running for the Republican nomination has strengths, and none has everything — all the traits, all the positions — we are looking for.  Equally conservative analysts can reach …
Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama catches Clinton in New Hampshire  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama has chipped away at Hillary Clinton's lead in New Hampshire locking the Democrats in a statistical tie a month before the first presidential primary, according to a CNN/WMUR Poll released Wednesday.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
New N.H. poll: Clinton and Obama in a dead heat  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - It's not just a dogfight in Iowa anymore.  —  Today's CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that Sen. Hillary Clinton has lost more ground in the Granite State, dropping to a statistical dead heat with Sen. Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Hill
Poll: Clinton Loses Lead, Romney Out In Front
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:   Romney Seeks a Neighborly Reception
New York Times:
Feeling Heat, Clinton Tries Iowa Up Close  —  DES MOINES — Ten months ago, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton went to East High School here on her first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate and laid out a case for her candidacy to a cheering crowd in a packed gymnasium.
Paper Trail  —  Who authorized the CIA to destroy interrogation videos?  —  NEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE  —  The CIA repeatedly asked White House lawyer Harriet Miers over a two-year period for instructions regarding what to do with "very clinical" videotapes depicting the use of "enhanced" …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Emptywheel and NO QUARTER
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Republicans win in Va., Ohio elections  —  Republicans retained two House seats in special elections Tuesday, including a hotly contested Ohio race that the two parties spent nearly $700,000 trying to win.  —  Republican officials immediately pointed to the issue of immigration …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and UrbanGrounds
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Republican Special Election Performance A Harbinger For 2008?
Bob Lewis / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
GOP's Wittman routs Democrat to win Virginia seat in Congress
Simon Caldwell / Daily Mail:
The Pope condemns the climate change prophets  —  Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.  —  The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested …
New York Post:
JEWS' SUBWAY HERO A MUSLIM  —  SAVES 'HANUKKAH' RIDERS FROM THUGS  —  A Brooklyn man whose "Happy Hanukkah" greeting landed him in the hospital said he was saved from a gang of Jew-bashing goons aboard a packed Q train by a total stranger - a modest Muslim from Bangladesh.
Michael B. Mukasey / Los Angeles Times:
A FISA fix  —  One of the most critical matters facing Congress is the need to enact long-term legislation updating our nation's foreign intelligence surveillance laws.  Intercepting the communications of terrorists and other intelligence targets has given us crucial insights into the intentions …
Discussion: Don Surber
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Dream Is Dead  —  The man crowned by Tommy Franks as "the dumbest [expletive] guy on the planet" just made the dumbest [expletive] speech on the planet.  —  Doug Feith, the former Rummy gofer who drove the neocon plan to get us into Iraq, and then dawdled without a plan as Iraq crashed into chaos …
Discussion: Eschaton and Lance Mannion
Alan Greenspan / Opinion Journal:
The Roots of the Mortgage Crisis  —  Bubbles cannot be safely defused by monetary policy before the speculative fever breaks on its own.  —  On Aug. 9, 2007, and the days immediately following, financial markets in much of the world seized up.  Virtually overnight the seemingly insatiable desire …
Discussion: Economist's View and EconLog
Washington Post:
In Poll, Huckabee Closes on Giuliani  —  Three weeks before the first contest of the 2008 campaign, Republicans remain sharply divided over whom to choose as their presidential nominee and which of the five leading candidates best embodies the core values of a fractured GOP, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Losing Weight in the Gulf  —  Growing up in Minnesota, one of my favorite things was going to the state fair each summer and watching the guy who would guess your weight within 5 pounds.  If you fooled him, you won a stuffed animal.  —  Out here on the Persian Gulf, where small countries learn quickly …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Megan McArdle:
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Los Angeles Times:
GOP rivals veer right on immigration
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Britain's breach of honour over Iraq interpreters
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Pentagon Critical Of NATO Allies
Discussion: The Swamp and PoliGazette
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Morgan Stanley issues full US recession alert
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Remaking The Journal  —  In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch …
Discussion: Truthdig
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Associated Press:
Bush Pardons, Commuted Sentence
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Inside The White House
Discussion: The Page
Deacon / Power Line:
Ex-CIA agent: Waterboarding 'saved lives'
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
Perry says Huckabee, then says he meant Giuliani