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12:20 AM ET, December 13, 2007

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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Fred Wins, Iowa Loses  —  Why Carolyn Washburn should keep her day job.  —  HERE WE WERE on Wednesday, a nation of political junkies gathered around our televisions to watch the candidates debate each other one last time, and we had as a moderator one Carolyn Washburn, the editor of the Des Moines Register.
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Huckabee Shines in Lackluster Debate  —  Last Chance GOP Debate a Missed Opportunity for Would-Be Iowa Contenders  —  The GOP Des Moines Register debate was lackluster but good news for front-runners Mike Huckabee, of Arkansas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
Discussion: New York Times, Time, Hot Air and Eunomia
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact that Mike Huckabee is basically just making stuff up as he goes along and plainly doesn't have clue about most of the things he's asked about.  Economic policy?  How about a 30% sales tax?  Foreign policy?
CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Debate Roundup
Discussion: The New Republic
Alex Mooney / CNN:
Huckabee apologizes for comments on Mormons
Discussion: The World Wide Rant and L.A. Times
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
A Debate in Name Only  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a debate …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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Ed Henry / CNN:
Deal would give Bush victory on war funding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic lawmakers and staffers privately say they're closing in on a broad budget deal that would give President Bush as much as $70 billion in new war funding.  —  The deal would lack a key provision Democrats had attached …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Open Left
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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.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi buys $16K worth of flowers  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent $16,000 on flowers since taking office, one reason why she spent 63 percent more in her high-profile inaugural year than her low-key predecessor did last year.  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent a little more than $3 million …
AlterNet.org:
The Cartoon Mitt Romney Doesn't Want You To See [VIDEO]  —  Posted by Oliver Willis, Oliver Willis.com at 4:32 AM on December 12, 2007.  —  That it's got over 500,000 views on YouTube can't help someone like Mitt Romney  —  I don't know enough about Mormon theology to know if this bit …
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 …
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Rep. King Decries 'Assault On Christmas,' Calls On Americans To 'Stand Up' And 'Worship Christ'  —  Rep. Steve King recently (R-IA) introduced legislation recognizing the "importance of Christmas and the Christian faith," despite previously opposing resolutions recognizing the Muslim celebration of Ramadan and the Hindu Diwali.
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David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:
Attackers Shouted "This is a Christian Country"  —  ...before the ten of them started beating up a group of Jews on the Q train in New York City.  —  2 Comments for the post: Attackers Shouted "This is a Christian Country"  —  Entropy said,  —  And the point of this post is?  —  Idiosyncrat said,
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Melissa Grace / NY Daily News:
Muslim hero breaks up train beating
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.
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Debate  —  REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR FRED THOMPSON FORMER AMBASSADOR ALAN KEYES MODERATOR: CAROLYN WASHBURN
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
 
 
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Don Surber:
YouTubing Reid  —  His games with supporting our troops are exposed on the Internet.
Discussion: Say Anything
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Question Of Iowa Student Voting Flares Into Major Issue
Louise Gray / Scotsman:
Half of Scots see Muslims as 'cultural threat' in wake of terrorist attacks
Lee Hammel / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Jihad noted in wiretaps
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Van Hollen concerned about GOP 527 groups
Wyocwby / stephenbainbridge.com:
Personal Presidential Elimination Process: The Case Against Mike Huckabee
John Bruhns / The Huffington Post:
Why I'm Supporting John Edwards
Rob Helpy-Chalk / Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk:
"If only we had forgiven Iraq for 9/11"
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Coburn Plays the `Skunk' in Year-End Legislative Rush
Discussion: Redstate
Confederate Yankee:
Open Season  —  Just when you thought the TNR debacle over …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Admits Failure to Inform Congress
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Heretik
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Novak's non-scandal  —  So remember all the hubub and rapid-response …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Taylor Marsh
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Why Didn't We Endorse Thompson?
Discussion: QandO and Say Anything
Peter Clothier / The Huffington Post:
Do You Need a Gun?  —  I don't.  I hope never to find myself …
The Politico:
Boehner admits GOP money situation 'sucks'
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD