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9:20 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?
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Riehl World View
Michelle Malkin:
The Iowa GOP Debate: "A little snappier, gentlemen!  ;" Update Fred Thompson's not playing the "hand show;" Update: Aggghhh!  The GOP candidates are all turning green; Update: Where's the Hucka-pile-on?  ; Update: Keyes the hijacker; Update: New Year's resolutions; bottom line: DUD.
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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.
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: Hot Air and Time
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 …
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live Blogging the Republican Debate
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
First Impressions
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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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Wyocwby / stephenbainbridge.com:
Personal Presidential Elimination Process: The Case Against Mike Huckabee  —  In my continuing quest to decide which (if any) of the GOP candidates to support in the 2008 Presidential primaries, we come back to the case of Mike Huckabee.  I've joked in the past about never giving Hope …
CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Huck camp backtracks on religion question
Discussion: The Caucus
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact …
Ross Douthat:
Huckabee's Amateur Hour
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
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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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush vetoes kids health insurance bill  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children, his second slap-down of a bipartisan effort in Congress to dramatically increase funding for the popular program.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi buys $16K worth of flowers
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Vetoes Children's Health Bill
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,
Discussion: The Debate Link and Liberty Street
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Michelle Malkin:
Scrooges on the Hill: Saying no to Christmas resolution  —  From the office of GOP Rep. Steve King:  —  Congressman Steve King reacted this morning to the nine "NO" votes on his resolution to honor Christmas and the Christian faith.  The vote shocked Capitol Hill observers because votes …
Discussion: Hot Air and RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
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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 …
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.
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
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Admits Failure to Inform Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, acknowledged on Wednesday that the C.I.A. had failed to keep members of Congress fully informed of the facts that the agency had videotaped the interrogations …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Heretik
 
 
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Discussion: Redstate
Confederate Yankee:
Open Season  —  Just when you thought the TNR debacle over …
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
RE: Huck the Disingenuous
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Why Didn't We Endorse Thompson?
Discussion: QandO and Say Anything
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 …
Associated Press:
U.S.: Fort Dix Attack Plot Suspects Promoting Terror in Jail
The Politico:
Boehner admits GOP money situation 'sucks'
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD