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4:00 AM ET, December 14, 2007


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hardball fun  —  Hardball tonight was great political TV, Penn and Axelrod sparring pretty hard while Joe Trippi sticks in the knife where he can.  —  Also, Matthews introduces the three as "starfighters."  —  Highlights include Axelrod making clear that his campaign only grudgingly …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Did meeting lead to Shaheen ouster?  —  From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan  —  JOHNSTON, IA — In the spin room after today's debate, Obama adviser David Axelrod said that Obama had told Clinton today that "leadership came from the top" in regards to negative attacks and campaigning.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The RBC
Mevanh / The Page:
Bill Shaheen Resigns from Clinton Campaign  —  New Hampshire pol, husband of former Gov. Jeanne, quits national co-chair position over Wednesday's drug comment about Obama.  —  "I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down ...." Read his full statement.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Pelosi: Republicans `like' Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.  —  "They like this war.  They want this war to continue," Pelosi, D- Calif., told reporters.
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
House OKs bill banning CIA waterboarding  —  WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.  —  The 222-199 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which still must act before it can go to President Bush.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
HRC struggles for points at last debate  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's shift from confident front-runner to scrappy, challenged candidate became clear at the final Democratic debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, as she strained against the limits of the staid event to draw contrasts with her rivals.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Debate Performance Wows CNN And Fox Focus Groups
Sean Hackbarth / Fred File:
Fred Thompson Campaign Apologies  —  From Karen Hanretty, Deputy Communications Director:  —  In light of Mike Huckabee's heartfelt apology to Mitt Romney for making reference to Romney's religion in the New York Times Magazine, we at the Thompson Campaign would like to offer Huckabee …
Armando Rios / ESPN:
Players listed in the Mitchell Commission report … Here are players mentioned in the Mitchell Commission report and how it links them to performance-enhancing substances:  —  Information Learned During this Investigation Concerning BALCO and Major League Baseball (9 players/3 active in MLB in 2007)
David Hazinski / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Unfettered 'citizen journalism' too risky  —  You're beginning to get a lot more news ... from you.  —  It ranges from the CNN YouTube debates to political blogs to cellphone video of that sniper who opened fire at an Omaha Mall.  These are all examples of so called "citizen journalism," …
Global Carbon Tax Urged at UN Climate Conference  —  BALI, Indonesia - A global tax on carbon dioxide emissions was urged to help save the Earth from catastrophic man-made global warming at the United Nations climate conference.  A panel of UN participants on Thursday urged the adoption …
Vuitton-clad Venezuela minister spouts socialism  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Military Leaders: Ignore Bush Veto Threat, Ban Waterboarding  —  Thirty retired admirals and generals have penned a letter to key Democrats, urging them to defy President Bush's veto threats and pass legislation requiring U.S intelligence agents to follow strict standards for detainee treatment.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Govt's Kooky Cult Terrorism Case Goes Bust  —  The Miami "Seas of David" terror bust was such an important blow in the War on Terror that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales himself gave a press conference in July of 2006.  Federal agents had stopped a plot to blow up the Sears Tower, he said.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Washington Post:
House Passes Bill to Ban CIA's Use of Harsh Interrogation Tactics  —  The House approved legislation yesterday that would bar the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, drawing an immediate veto threat from the White House and setting up another political showdown over what constitutes torture.
Discussion: All Spin Zone, TalkLeft and Greatscat!
Julian Assange /
Wikileaks busts Gitmo propaganda team  —  Guantanamo Bay deletes detainee ID numbers, labels Fidel Castro "an admitted transexual" and more.  —  WASHINGTON—The US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has been caught conducting covert propaganda attacks on the internet.
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Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown finally signs EU treaty
Discussion: The Corner
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
After the Money's Gone  —  On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
British Inquiry of Failed Plots Points to Iraq's Qaeda Group
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
An Overdose of Public Piety
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Civil Liberties and Terrorism
Discussion: Calitics
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Romney & Me  —  After the Today Show used video clips of me talking …
Discussion: Greatscat!
David Lat /
Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Chief's All Done, Too
Open letter to Mississippians from Mike Moore
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Stephen Grey / The Blotter:
Exclusive: Eyewitness Account of Huge Taliban Defeat
Discussion: USS Neverdock
John Schwartz / New York Times:
DNA Pioneer's Genome Blurs Race Lines
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SENSIBILITIES  —  A Second Democratic Year in '08?
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Lee Harris / TCS Daily:
Reflections on 'Blowback'
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Chicago Boyz
CNN Political Ticker:
Oprah getting backlash from some fans for Obama support
Discussion: The Debate Link
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tony Snow Returns Home To Fox News, Will Host O'Reilly Factor Tonight
Discussion: Ian Schwartz
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Thompson simply hard-wired wrong for the White House
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jared Bernstein / The Coffee House:
Boy, Have We Got an Inequality Problem
Discussion: Angry Bear