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6:20 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 …
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 …
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.) …
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:   Rahm slams McConnell's offer
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Romney and Huckabee: Flip-sides of flip-flopping
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and CNN
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Biden wants Fielding to clarify directive on destroyed CIA tapes  —  Delaware senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden Jr. wants White House counsel Fred Fielding to assure him that the White House and the Office of the Vice President are preserving all documents related to the interrogation of suspected terrorists.
Discussion: Think Progress and Pat Dollard
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
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson  —  There's been a lot of buzz over Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen's crusade against the possibility of campaigns organizing non-Iowa resident college students to caucus.  Most of the talk has been about whether Obama will pull in loads of Illinois college kids.
The Corner:
Road to Damascus  —  Jonah: I have pretty much decided for Ron Paul myself.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TIME
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: rubber hose and The Agonist
Marin Cogan / The New Republic:
Bush 36,000!  —  Let's see ... We're wildly unpopular around the world.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and FishBowlDC
Toronto Star:
Dad charged in teen's death  —  A 16-year-old girl is dead and her father has been charged with murder after an attack in a Mississauga home.  —  Aqsa Parvez, a student at Applewood Heights Secondary School, had been on life support in hospital since yesterday morning.
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 …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Larry O'Donnell admits he's afraid to criticize Islam publicly  —  Consider this post a companion post to Allah's, about the Muslim man who murdered his daughter because she wouldn't wear the hijab.  If you criticize the man and/or his religious motivation, consider yourself more courageous than one of the MSM's prominent pundits.
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.
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