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10:35 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 …
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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."
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.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: No firewall in NH for Hillary
Discussion: Boston Globe
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
In Iowa, a Scrambling Lesson for Clinton
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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Washington Post:
Democrats Blaming Each Other For Failures
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems cave on spending
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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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.
Byron York / The Corner:
Romney on Huckabee and Faith  —  Appearing on Fox News this morning, Mitt Romney said he accepted Mike Huckabee's apology for the "Jesus and the devil" remark.  Later, Romney was asked whether Huckabee should have to answer questions about his own faith.  Romney's answer: no, and yes.
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Markpreston / CNN Political Ticker:
Nebraska governor to endorse Romney
Discussion: Joe's Crabby Shack
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Huckabee Shines in Lackluster Debate
Discussion: Hot Air, Time and Eunomia
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Man From Target  —  Huckabee!  Huckabee!  The man of the hour!  What is it that voters love so much about this guy?  Is it a hitherto inchoate yearning for a president who knows less about international affairs than they do?  Hope that a man who can lose 100 pounds could also get rid of the federal deficit?
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Michael Duffy / Time:
The GOP Race: None of the Above
Discussion: NY Daily News and The Politico
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Plutocrats v. The Theocrats
Discussion: Eunomia
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?
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 …
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
December 13, 2007 - Clinton Up, But Giuliani Slips In New Jersey Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want A Tough Stand On Illegal Immigrants  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has increased her Democratic presidential primary lead in New Jersey while former …
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.
Steve Randy Waldman / Interfluidity:
TAF is a really, really big deal  —  I haven't time to write properly, I am caught between a million things.  But when I woke up to the Federal Reserve's press release about the TAF, my jaw dropped.  It was one of those moments when the world shook, everything was the same, but everything had changed.
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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.
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.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Hillary Haters and the Roosevelts  —  Even some Democrats who agree with Hillary Clinton on every issue and consider her an effective, inspiring leader, fret that the blind, irrational hatred, that burdened her husband during his presidency and that continues to dog his wife, might impair her delectability.
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Russia Will Finish Bushehr
Discussion: Reuters
Byron York / National Review:
The Cosmic Keyes Campaign
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Shaheen apologizes  —  Shaheen, a major player in New Hampshire …
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
A Family Duty  —  About an hour before kickoff, the white-haired man …
Discussion: The Caucus
John Tierney / NYT:
TierneyLab: More on the Heterosexuality Switch
Discussion: Dean's World and MoJoBlog
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Study Faults Charities for Veterans
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EPA was pressured to weaken toxic report rules
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Thompson Debate Tantrum: 'Monkey Business'
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Michael Tanner / Fox News:
Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative
Discussion: The Corner
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Gonzales Named Lawyer of the Year
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Truthdig
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Idaho Senators Block Bush's ATF Pick
James Rowley / MiamiHerald.com:
General won't say waterboarding violates Geneva Conventions