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5:05 PM ET, December 11, 2007


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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll: Huckabee would lose to top Democrats  —  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 …
The Corner:
Edwards the Conqueror  —  Forgive me for thinking this new CNN poll is a little weird.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Postwar Election  —  The 2008 presidential election has fundamentally shifted, but it hasn't been because of events in Iowa and New Hampshire.  It's because of events everywhere else.  —  In Washington, the National Intelligence Estimate was released, suggesting the next president …
CNN Political Ticker:
Romney mailer hits rivals on immigration in South Carolina
Discussion: The Swamp
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
McConnell moves to crack budget stalemate  —  Sensing that Democrats are in a compromising mode, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pitching a budget amendment that Democrats would have laughed off just a few weeks ago.  —  McConnell on Tuesday called for $70 billion for Iraq …
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Freedom's Watch delivers petition on Capitol Hill
Elizabeth Benjamin / New York Daily News Blogs:
GOP Senator To Depart
Discussion: the albany project and Spin Cycle
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Huckabee to Romney: Grow Up, This Isn't Third Grade  —  (And even if it was, no one would like you...)  —  Just to pick up on what I wrote about last night and earlier today, Huckabee held a longish press conference here this morning after canceling some local events due to weather.
Discussion: MSNBC, Firedoglake and Riehl World View
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 …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Bush to tap Glassman to shape US image  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush intends to name a well-known conservative commentator and journalist to lead the State Department's struggling efforts to improve the U.S.'s image abroad, replacing long-time confidante Karen Hughes, who is leaving government …
Discussion: The Agonist and rubber hose
Marin Cogan / The New Republic:
Bush 36,000!  —  Let's see ... We're wildly unpopular around the world.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and FishBowlDC
The Corner:
Road to Damascus  —  Jonah: I have pretty much decided for Ron Paul myself.  I am sympathetic to many of the reservations you have posted, but every piece of serious policy analysis I read confirms to me that our country has gone too far down a wrong path—a path that leads to nothing I recognize as conservatism.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, TIME and Hot Air
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson
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.
Toronto Star:
Dad charged in teen's death
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.) …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton camp bludgeons Obama on WH readiness  —  Today's New York Times/CBS News poll might as well be a big stick, the way Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is trying to bludgeon Sen. Barack Obama with it.  —  The poll found more than double the voters—83 percent …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Dropping Oppo, 2  —  Political Punch has gotten a copy …
Discussion: Cameron's Corner
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.
Invalid Article on 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 …
NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge  —  NEW YORK (Media Week) - Fourth-ranked broadcaster NBC has quietly begun reimbursing advertisers an average of $500,000 each for failing to reach guaranteed ratings levels, the first time a network has taken such a step in years, media buyers said.
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
U of I prof heckles Clinton  —  Iowa City, Ia.  — A University of Iowa professor dressed as a robot interrupted Bill Clinton at a campaign stop here late Monday, screaming for an apology before security escorted him from the building.  —  The professor, Kembrew McLeod …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Bush: I Didn't Know About CIA Tape Destruction  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz Reports: In an exclusive interview with ABC News President Bush said Tuesday he did not know about the destruction of CIA videotapes of detainee interrogations.  —  The President said he was told just a few days ago.
Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
Gunman's Web writings warn of shootings  —  written and reported by: Paula Woodward , 9Wants to Know Investigative Reporter  —  and Nicole Vap , Executive Producer Investigative  —  KUSA - 9Wants to Know has discovered more than a dozen writings posted by Matthew Murray where he warns …
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Larry O'Donnell admits he's afraid to criticize Islam publicly
Chris Daly / Chris Daly's Blog:
Discussion: Horses Mouth and FishBowlDC
The Caucus Cooler:
Graciously Submissive  —  Take on the Romney ad, as promised, is below...
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Thompson loses 19% in Georgia
Discussion: TownHall Blog
John Noonan / Weekly Standard:
The Battle for Anbar is Over?  —  Positive Trends in Anbar Permanent …
Discussion: DefenseLINK
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Led Zeppelin reunion: the review
 Earlier Items: 
CBC News:
Whole Show Blow-by-Blow
Matthew Yglesias:
Walling Iraq  —  A couple of days ago, I was rereading Fred …
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Tries to Avoid Unpleasant Surprise in Ohio
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Resolved: Christmas is important, King says
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Huckabee does a flip-flop on Cuba
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Ex-Pentagon Aide Says U.S. Abandoned Quick Iraq Transition