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11:55 AM 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 …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
In Iowa, a Scrambling Lesson for Clinton  —  When senior advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton awakened to the fact that they faced a serious problem in Iowa, they knew they needed a summit.  For the divided staff, the question was where.  —  It made sense to fly to Iowa, where support for Clinton …
Discussion: MSNBC and Riehl World View
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A Dud From Team Clinton  —  David Axelrod, the seasoned Chicago Democratic operative who is chief strategist for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, was taken by surprise in the last minute of CBS's "Face the Nation" on Dec. 2.  Howard Wolfson, Sen. Hillary Clinton's spokesman, accused Obama of running a "slush fund."
The Corner:
So Not Buying It  —  In the 1990s, the Clinton's mastered …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Clinton's Caucus Crunch
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: No firewall in NH for Hillary
Discussion: Boston Globe
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Feeling Depressed  —  New Democratic congress, massively unpopular president, total surrender on budget negotiations.  Why not? … The whole thing actually gets more depressing in the details.  But to make a long story short, a combination of Senate filibusters, White House veto threats …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
George Bush, Mr. Relevant
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 …
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.
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?
Marc Ambinder:
Minutemen Bash Founder Over Huckabee Endorsement  —  Jim Gilchrist likes Mike Huckabee, but the organization he founded sent a "special message" to members blasting Huckabee.  The headline: "Real Minutemen Do Not Endorse Huckabee."  —  Here's the full text:
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
Russ Vought / RSC Blog:
Reported Omnibus is Way Above President's Level  —  By now many of you have probably read numerous stories describing the latest Democrat omnibus package.  As reported, it would result in a topline discretionary level of $936.5 billion—$3.7 billion above the President's request.
Discussion: The Corner and Club for Growth
Washington Post:
Democrats Blaming Each Other For Failures  —  When Democrats took control of Congress in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) pledged to jointly push an ambitious agenda to counter 12 years of Republican control.
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 …
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.
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The Blog Report:
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Terry Pratchett:
AN EMBUGGERANCE  —  I would have liked to keep this one quiet …
The Corner:
Huck's Apology … Hey, Huck, welcome to the show.
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