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12:50 PM ET, December 11, 2007


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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll: Huckabee would lose to leading Dems by double digits  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — While presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is surging in new polls of GOP candidates, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Tuesday shows he would lose to all three leading Democratic candidates by double digits in hypothetical contests.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wallace: Dems are 'fools' to boycott Fox  —  When Chris Wallace replaced Tony Snow as the host of "Fox News Sunday" in December 2003, the network appeared to take a more moderate approach to Sunday talk.  —  Unlike Snow, a former Republican speechwriter, Wallace's broadcasting résumé …
Drudge Report:
DEMS HOLD FIRE ON HUCKABEE; SEE 'EASY KILL' IN GENERAL ELECTION  —  Democrat party officials are avoiding any and all criticism of Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, insiders reveal.  —  The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until he secures the party's nomination.
Ron Claiborne / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: How McCain Could Still Win
Discussion: The Hill and The Swamp
The Corner:
Edwards the Conqueror  —  Forgive me for thinking this new CNN poll is a little weird.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
New York Times:
Destruction of C.I.A. Tapes Cleared by Lawyers  —  Lawyers within the clandestine branch of the Central Intelligence Agency gave written approval in advance to the destruction in 2005 of hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting interrogations of two lieutenants from Al Qaeda …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
This Will Ruin Ted Kennedy's Day
Discussion: The Anchoress
Washington Post:
Waterboarding Recounted  —  Ex-CIA Officer Says It 'Probably Saved Lives' but Is Torture
The Politico:
Liberal views could haunt Obama  —  When Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was seeking state office a dozen years ago, he took unabashedly liberal positions: flatly opposed to capital punishment, in support of a federal single-payer health plan, against any restrictions on abortion …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:   Dropping Oppo  —  Circulating among Iowa labor circles …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Democrats Pull Budget Offer  —  The GOP Is Negotiating In Bad Faith, Obey Says  —  A Democratic deal to give President Bush some war funding in exchange for additional domestic spending appeared to collapse last night after House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.) …
Barry Hertz /
Teen girl in critical condition after alleged dispute over hijab  —  A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after being choked by a man believed to be her father, apparently after a dispute with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women.
Wall Street Journal:
Group Says Iran Resumed Weapon Program  —  The Iranian opposition group that first exposed Iran's nuclear-fuel program said a U.S. intelligence analysis is correct that Tehran shut down its weaponization program in 2003, but claims that the program was relocated and restarted in 2004.
Associated Press:
Iranian opposition: Teheran resumed nuke program in 2004
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama, Under the Clinton Microscope  —  DES MOINES - Presidential campaigns have unlimited appetites for information about their rivals.  They track their whereabouts, they study their records and they obsessively follow nearly every movement.  By this point in the race, though …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Clinton Says Hillary Was Always the One
Discussion: Redstate
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Ex-Pentagon Aide Says U.S. Abandoned Quick Iraq Transition  —  A former top Pentagon official blamed the Bush administration's top official in Iraq for abandoning a plan for a quick transition to Iraqi leadership in the summer of 2003 and instead keeping the U.S. government in control of the country for more than a year.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Abolish the CIA  —  DESTROYING THE INTERROGATION TAPES AMOUNTS TO MUTINY AND TREASON.  —  It seems flabbergastingly improbable that President George W. Bush learned of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iranian nuclear ambitions only a few days before the rest of us did …
Elizabeth Benjamin / New York Daily News Blogs:
GOP Senator To Depart  —  Just when you thought things between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno couldn't get any worse...  Multiple Republican sources say Sen. Jim Wright, a veteran GOP lawmaker who was first elected in 1992, is poised to announce his departure from the Senate …
Discussion: the albany project and Spin Cycle
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Huckabee does a flip-flop on Cuba  —  The GOP candidate now supports a trade embargo against the island nation, a stance sure to satisfy hard-line Cuban exiles.  —  MIAMI — As governor of Arkansas five years ago, Mike Huckabee joined a bipartisan chorus of politicians who concluded …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Labor Unions Support WGA, Fire Union Busting Consultant Chris Lehane  —  SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles — education workers who include teacher's aids, cafeteria workers and crossing guards — have fired former Clinton spokesman Chris Lehane from a consulting contract in support of the WGA .
Discussion: Daily Kos and Group News Blog
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Book Excerpt: In New York, illegal immigration took a back seat to making the city safe  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Rudy Giuliani says he wanted to deport all 400,000 illegal immigrants from New York City when he was mayor, but ended up welcoming most of those who were "causing me no trouble."
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