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9:35 AM ET, December 14, 2007


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CNN Political Ticker:
S.C. poll: Huckabee bolts to top of GOP; Obama cuts into Clinton lead  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged to the top among Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina, while Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama among Democrats narrowed since July in that state, according to a new poll.
Houston Chronicle:
Paul foots bill for Huckabee critics' trips  —  LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Two former Republican legislators from Mike Huckabee 's home state are in Iowa this week criticizing Huckabee's record on immigration and taxes on trips paid for by Ron Paul, one of Huckabee's Republican presidential rivals.
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 …
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Is Huckabee the None of the Above Candidate?  —  A slew of new polls have confirmed that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's Iowa surge has catapulted him to the lead in the GOP caucuses.  He shows movement in other state and national polling as well, though not in New Hampshire.
Discussion: Eunomia
Anthony Salvanto / CBS News:   Analysis: Iowa Polls Drove Huckabee Surge
Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Senate passes energy bill without oil tax increase  —  Senate Democrats yesterday bowed to Republicans and stripped a proposed tax increase for oil companies from a broad energy bill, clearing the way for passage of the measure that includes the first increase in vehicle gas-mileage standards in 32 years.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Plan B For Pelosi And Reid
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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," …
Stephen Grey / The Blotter:
Exclusive: Eyewitness Account of Huge Taliban Defeat  —  Afghanistan's government flag was raised Wednesday on what had been one of the biggest strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and a leading world center of heroin production.  —  The town of about 45,000 people was secured …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
An Overdose of Public Piety  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney declares, "Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone."  Barack Obama opens his speech at his South Carolina Oprah rally with "Giving all praise and honor to God.  Look at the day that the Lord has made."
Deacon / Power Line:
A ROMNEY-FRIENDLY SCENARIO  —  Earlier today, I suggested …
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: Betsy's Page, The RBC and Taylor Marsh
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hardball fun  —  Hardball tonight was great political TV …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Protecting Hillary: Bill Clinton Severs Business Ties With Billionaire Buddy Burkle  —  Bill Clinton has severed business ties with Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle, fearful that their deals could erupt into bad publicity damaging his wife's presidential bid, according to sources who know both men.
Discussion: The Fix, The Caucus and Gawker
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Jurors Deadlock in 6 of 7 Defendants  —  MIAMI (AP) - One of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with al-Qaida to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower was acquitted Thursday, and a mistrial was declared for the six others after the federal jury deadlocked.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Govt's Kooky Cult Terrorism Case Goes Bust
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Sarah Liebowitz / Concord Monitor:
Obama edges Clinton in poll  —  Romney well ahead in 'Monitor' survey  —  December 14.  —  Barack Obama has come from behind to turn the Democratic presidential race in New Hampshire into a toss-up, according to a new Monitor opinion poll.  The results - which show Obama with a one-point edge …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Code Huckabee  —  Is the thought of Mike Huckabee as president just vaguely scary?  Or have we learned enough about the man that we should be hair-on-fire alarmed at the prospect, still pretty remote, that he could actually win?  —  True, none of his opponents for the Republican nomination inspires much confidence.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Pulpit and the Potemkin Village  —  Would Reagan survive in today's GOP?  And is Mrs. Clinton in for a fall this winter?  —  What is happening in Iowa is no longer boring but big, and may prove huge.  —  The Republican race looks—at the moment—to be determined primarily by one thing, the question of religious faith.
Discussion: Below The Beltway and Eunomia
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 …
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USA Today:
Giuliani shifts tactics, goes on offensive
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Rove, Bolten Found in Contempt of Congress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Obama administration  —  And here's video of Obama's best moment …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
N.J. Approves Abolition of Death Penalty; Corzine to Sign
Wall Street Journal:
More Blacks Lean Toward Obama
Discussion: The Caucus
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
The Ghost of a Father
Discussion: NY Daily News
Peter Sayer / New York Times:
Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France
Discussion: and EconLog
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Homespun Meets Hard-Line
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Romney & Me  —  After the Today Show used video clips of me talking …
Discussion: Greatscat!
Armando Rios / ESPN:
Players listed in the Mitchell Commission report
David Lat /
Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Chief's All Done, Too
Open letter to Mississippians from Mike Moore
Julian Assange /
Wikileaks busts Gitmo propaganda team
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SENSIBILITIES  —  A Second Democratic Year in '08?
Discussion: Raising Kaine