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10:25 PM ET, December 12, 2007

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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: Time, Hot Air and Eunomia
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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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
A Debate in Name Only  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a debate …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
First Impressions
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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
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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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: Open Left
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi buys $16K worth of flowers
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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CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
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
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report 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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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Stephen Suh / Cogitamus:
A Defense Of Torture  —  Don't worry, I'm not offering a defense …
Rob Helpy-Chalk / Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk:
"If only we had forgiven Iraq for 9/11"
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rudy to give major speech in Florida
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Vetoes Children's Health Bill
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
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: 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 …
The Raw Story:
GOP leader: Democrats bad at running Congress as we were
Matt / Think Progress:
Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding …