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8:05 PM ET, December 12, 2007

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The Washington Post / The Trail:
Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use  —  Bill Shaheen, Clinton's New Hampshire co-chair.  (AP).  —  DOVER, N.H. — Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama's past admissions of drug use …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Shaheen: Did Obama sell drugs?  —  To date, the Clinton campaign's attack on Obama's electability has focused on his policy stances and on his experience.  —  But electability is a funny, vague word, that, for both Clinton and Obama, tends to also mean things nobody wants to say.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Riehl World View
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Clinton Campagn Attacks Obama On Drugs  —  The hints were there already, but now a Clinton surrogate is flaying Obama for his refreshing candor about past drug-use.  Again: this is the politics of fear.  Check out the classic Clinton defensive crouch with respect to the GOP:
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 …
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Marc Ambinder:
First Take: The Final Republican Debate  —  The headline is that no one laid a glove on Mike Huckabee.  And that Mitt Romney had a hell of a good afternoon.  He seemed more sinewy than usual, less programmed, quite (dare we say) presidential, and even-tempered.
CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Election Central Debate Roundup
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
First Impressions
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Ross Douthat:
Huckabee's Amateur Hour
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ENTER ALAN KEYES  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  JOHNSTON, IA — There is one additional Republican presidential candidate who will be on the stage here at the GOP Des Moines Register/Iowa Public Television debate this afternoon: Alan Keyes.  —  This will be the first major debate …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Kucinich booted from Iowa debate  —  Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is being excluded from this week's Iowa presidential debate because he has not rented office space in the Hawkeye State, his campaign said Wednesday.  —  The Des Moines Register informed the campaign that Kucinich is not invited …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pelosi backs down in spending battle  —  In the face of stiff opposition from powerful fellow Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has abandoned a proposal she supported less than 24 hours ago to eliminate lawmakers' earmarks from the omnibus spending package.
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi buys $16K worth of flowers
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Melissa Grace / NY Daily News:   Muslim hero breaks up train beating
David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:
Attackers Shouted "This is a Christian Country"
Discussion: The Debate Link and Liberty Street
Amanda / Think Progress:
Sen. Kit Bond: Waterboarding Is Like 'Swimming'  —  Yesterday on PBS's Newshour, host Gwen Ifill asked Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) whether waterboarding constitutes torture.  Bond replied that the technique is actually more like "swimming": … Watch it:  —  Conservatives have repeatedly tried …
The Politico:
Boehner admits GOP money situation 'sucks'  —  One of the best things that can be said of Rep. John A. Boehner's leadership is that the head of House Republicans is no Newt Gingrich, no Tom DeLay.  —  The Ohio lawmaker has an affable, understated style and runs a team that has the long knives …
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
Dennis Ross / The New Republic:
The Can't-Win Kids  —  The dunderheaded public roll-out of the NIE.  —  The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran presents an interesting paradox: Though almost certainly the product of rigorous assessment and questioning, it may actually leave us less secure over time.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Novak's non-scandal  —  So remember all the hubub and rapid-response that ensued when Robert Novak floated a mystery scandal about Obama? … Two sources tell me his column, which runs tomorrow, will report that the "scandalous information" in question arrived in the form of the attack on Obama's PAC as a …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Taylor Marsh
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Update on Ratings of Bush, Congress  —  Thirty-seven percent approve of Bush, 22% of Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll, conducted Dec. 6-9, finds 37% of Americans approving of the job George W. Bush is doing as president, an improvement from his recent scores in the low 30s.
 
 
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A Defense Of Torture  —  Don't worry, I'm not offering a defense …
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Open Season  —  Just when you thought the TNR debacle over …
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Why Didn't We Endorse Thompson?
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Laura Vozzella / Baltimore Sun:
I see Utah, I see France ...  The American electorate has matured …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Gonzales named lawyer of the year
Discussion: Truthdig
Peter Clothier / The Huffington Post:
Do You Need a Gun?  —  I don't.  I hope never to find myself …
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Warren Buffett , Taxes and the Presidency
Matt / Think Progress:
Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Dream Is Dead  —  The man crowned by Tommy Franks as …