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10:50 AM ET, December 13, 2007


 Top Items: 
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: The Caucus, MSNBC and Ben Smith's Blogs
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: No firewall in NH for Hillary
Discussion: Boston Globe
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
George Bush, Mr. Relevant
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.
The Corner:
So Not Buying It  —  In the 1990s, the Clinton's mastered …
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.
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.
Markpreston / CNN Political Ticker:
Nebraska governor to endorse Romney
Discussion: Joe's Crabby Shack
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Huckabee Shines in Lackluster Debate
Discussion: American Prospect, Hot Air, Time and Eunomia
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 …
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?
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?
Michael Duffy / Time:
The GOP Race: None of the Above
Discussion: NY Daily News and The Politico
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Hopes dim for closure of Guantánamo  —  The prospects of closing Guantánamo Bay before the end of the Bush administration are dimming as the Pentagon struggles to find a solution on shutting the controversial prison, according to former and current ­officials.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Think Progress
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The Politico:
Immigration reshaping politics everywhere
Discussion: The Swamp
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Intelligence Oversight In Free Fall
Discussion: Emptywheel
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Countrywide Subpoenaed by Illinois
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 …
Steve Randy Waldman / Interfluidity:
TAF is a really, really big deal
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Agents Sense Shifting Support for Methods
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
 Earlier Items: 
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
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Study Faults Charities for Veterans
Discussion: The Swamp
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
EPA was pressured to weaken toxic report rules
Discussion: Hoffmania!
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Thompson Debate Tantrum: 'Monkey Business'
James Rowley /
General won't say waterboarding violates Geneva Conventions
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Hillary Haters and the Roosevelts