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3:20 PM ET, December 13, 2007


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Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton insiders question top aide's approach  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a "town hall meeting" in San Francisco December 11.  (McClatchy-Tribune / December 11, 2007)  —  DES MOINES - On the eve of the final Iowa debate before the Jan. 3 caucuses …
Mevanh / The Page:
Another Political "Sorry"  —  On tarmac at Reagan Airport en route to debate, Clinton tells rival that negative, personal characterizations are not a part of her campaign.  —  Disavows comments by big-shot New Hampshire supporter Billy Shaheen.  —  Obama campaign's Robert Gibbs tells The Page it was "a good exchange."
Michelle Malkin:
The Iowa Democrat debate: Schoolmarm returns; Update: Schoolmarm is all giggles; Update: No "show of hands," schoolmarm not amused by Hillary's joke  —  Scroll down for updates...  She's baaaaack.  In 15 minutes, Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn returns for the Iowa Democrat debate.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
In Iowa, a Scrambling Lesson for Clinton
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Judiciary approves contempt resolutions  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved contempt resolutions against Karl Rove, the former top aide to President Bush, and Joshua Bolten, the current White House chief of staff.  The vote was 12-8.  —  The criminal contempt resolutions now move …
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Two GOPers Join Dems in White House Contempt Vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:   A Shameful Presidential Threat
Dumond goes viral UPDATE  —  Mike Huckabee's advocacy of rapist/killer Wayne Dumond's release has hit YouTube in a piece Talking Points Memo terms brutal in the course of looking into its provenance.  The mother of Dumond's Missouri murder victim is featured.  —  An Arkansas Republican, Keith Emis, takes responsibility.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Mystery: Who's Behind Brutal Web Video Slamming Huckabee Over Paroled Rapist?  —  Okay, this is interesting.  Take a look at this new and absolutely brutal Web video that slams Mike Huckabee over his role (first reported by The Huffington Post) in pushing for serial rapist Wayne Dumond:
NY Daily News:
Subpoenas for Al Sharpton's aides  —  Teams of federal agents swooped down on up to 10 close associates of the Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday, demanding the flamboyant clergyman's financial records since 2001.  —  Sharpton's former chief of staff said he was roused at his Harlem home about 6:30 …
Clemens, Pettitte named in baseball steroid report  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Illegal steroids have been in widespread use in Major League Baseball for more than a decade and used by some of the game's top stars, former Sen. George Mitchell said in releasing a report Thursday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Swords Crossed
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Secular Europe's Merits  —  The cathedral here, on which work began in the 12th century, was once the largest in Scotland, until a mob of reformers bent on eradicating lavish manifestations of "Popery" ransacked the place in 1559, leaving gulls to swoop through the surviving facade.
Charles Krauthammer /
Knee-Deep in Religion  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney declares …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
A dream comes true: goes live today  —  Nearly eight years ago, Bill Beach, director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, and I invited Gary Bass of OMB Watch over for a chat about the possibility of our two organizations collaborating in an effort to put all federal spending on the Internet.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
OMB Offers an Easy Way to Follow the Money
Rudy: All Business  —  Not long after he stepped down as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani received an intriguing offer.  A group of officials from a Florida company called Seisint Inc. asked him to promote a powerful new database technology capable of tracking potential terrorists and other criminals.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Agents Sense Shifting Support for Methods  —  WASHINGTON — For six years, Central Intelligence Agency officers have worried that someday the tide of post-Sept. 11 opinion would turn, and their harsh treatment of prisoners from Al Qaeda would be subjected to hostile scrutiny and possible criminal prosecution.
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?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Liveblogging the Iowa Democratic debate  —  Hillary, in answer to a fiscal question, promises to "restore" the tax rates of the 90s when, she reminds the audience, Iowans incomes rose.  —  I was about to draw some contrast involving her harking back, rather than forward …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Byron York / National Review:
The Cosmic Keyes Campaign
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Reason Magazine
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Romney's (almost) Dean Scream speech  —  From NBC/NJ's Erin McPike  —  If anything is certain about the GOP presidential primary, it's that Romney really, really wants to win Iowa.  Desperately.  —  After hitting a post-debate party around Des Moines on Wednesday, he flew to Cedar Rapids …
Byron York / The Hill:
When waterboarding works  —  About a year ago, I had dinner with a man who played a key role in the U.S. war on terror.  —  The talk turned to allegations of torture.  He said that our policy should be that we do not torture.  And we should adhere to that policy.
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Melanie Mason / The New Republic:
Hillary's Parking Lot Obstacle
Discussion: The Caucus
Edward / Heading Right:
Live-Blogging The Democrats  —  What's this?  Heading Right covering a Democratic debate?
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
USA Today:
Our view on war in Iraq: Surge's success holds chance to seize the moment in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Contradictions of Social Conservatism
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. to Cut 10 Percent of Diplomatic Posts Next Year
Matthew Yglesias:
Jesus and Lucifer, Sitting in a Tree
Washington Post:
The Immigration Swamp  —  THE IDEA that 12 million illegal residents …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: 'Dorothy'  —  Hillary's mom makes the most political …
Discussion: The Swamp
Russ Vought / RSC Blog:
Reported Omnibus is Way Above President's Level
Marc Ambinder:
Minutemen Bash Founder Over Huckabee Endorsement
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
USA Today:
Suspected Army suicides set record
The Corner:
Huck's Apology … Hey, Huck, welcome to the show.
Discussion: Ross Douthat