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8:20 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.
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
Michelle Malkin:
Digging deeper: The enviro-nitwit-ization of the GOP  —  Well, fun was had by all yesterday covering the stultifying Schoolmarm and the GOP candidates in Iowa.  Fred Thompson earned his gold medal for refusing to follow Schoolmarm's order for a show of hands on an inane global warming question.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Plutocrats v. The Theocrats  —  As the primaries (finally) approach, it is increasingly apparent that the real GOP battle is between the business wing and the social conservative wing of the party.  Is the real showdown going to be over the future of the GOP?
Discussion: Eunomia
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
A Debate in Name Only  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa - In a debate …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Debate Roundup
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Bow to Bush's Demands in House Spending Bill  —  House Democratic leaders yesterday agreed to meet President Bush's bottom-line spending limit on a sprawling, half-trillion-dollar domestic spending bill, dropping their demands for as much as $22 billion in additional spending …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems cave on spending  —  Senate and House Democrats backed down Wednesday from a spending showdown with President Bush.  —  The Democrats' capitulation Wednesday on the total domestic spending level is the latest instance of Bush prevailing on a major policy showdown.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Wizbang
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Sees Problem for Obama  —  DES MOINES — A top adviser to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that Senator Barack Obama's admission of illegal drug use as a young man could threaten his electability and be seized on by Republicans if he won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton Camp Targets Obama's Drug Use
Wyocwby / stephenbainbridge.com:
Personal Presidential Elimination Process: The Case Against Mike Huckabee
Discussion: Ross Douthat
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use
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 …
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Alex Mooney / CNN:
Huckabee apologizes for comments on Mormons
Discussion: L.A. Times and The World Wide Rant
CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee apologizes to Romney for Mormon comment
CNN:
Muslim helps Jews attacked on New York subway  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A Muslim man jumped to the aid of three Jewish subway riders after they were attacked by a group of young people who objected to one of the Jews saying "Happy Hanukkah," a spokeswoman for the three said Wednesday.
Henry Kissinger / Washington Post:
Misreading the Iran Report  —  The extraordinary spectacle of the president's national security adviser obliged to defend the president's Iran policy against a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) raises two core issues: How are we now to judge the nuclear threat posed by Iran?
Discussion: Power Line
James Rowley / MiamiHerald.com:
General won't say waterboarding violates Geneva Conventions  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. military legal advisor wouldn't rule out the possibility that statements by suspected terrorists subjected to waterboarding, or simulated drowning, could be used at hearings being conducted at Guantánamo Bay.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Idaho Senators Block Bush's ATF Pick  —  Idaho's senators are blocking President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying the agency has become overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws.  —  Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo placed separate holds …
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
 
 
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National Review:
THEY'LL LOVE YOU FOR IT!  ORDER HERE.  —  Last Night, I Helped Huck [David Freddoso]
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
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Lee Hammel / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Jihad noted in wiretaps
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Van Hollen concerned about GOP 527 groups
Associated Press:
Canadian Muslim Teen's Dad Charged in Her Murder; Friends …
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Scrooges on the Hill: Saying no to Christmas resolution
John Bruhns / The Huffington Post:
Why I'm Supporting John Edwards
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Update on Ratings of Bush, Congress
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Coburn Plays the `Skunk' in Year-End Legislative Rush
Discussion: Redstate
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE ON THE HUCK....Ross Douthat has more on the fact …
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
Julia Rosen / Calitics:
Blackwater Potrero Recall an Unbelievable Success