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11:25 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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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
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Clinton's Caucus Crunch  —  There are a number of reasons why Hillary Rodham Clinton has had trouble mastering the intricacies of how the Iowa caucus system works, starting with the fact that her husband - Bill Clinton - never competed in any competitive Iowa caucuses when he ran for president in 1992 and 1996.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: No firewall in NH for Hillary
Discussion: Boston Globe
The Corner:
So Not Buying It  —  In the 1990s, the Clinton's mastered …
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
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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democrats show Beltway "strength," avoid being depicted as weak  —  (updated below)  —  In the world of the Beltway pundit, Bush Dog Representative, and Democratic strategist, this is how Democrats prove how "strong" and tough they are and avoid being demonized as "weak" and "soft"; this is all just from today:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
George Bush, Mr. Relevant
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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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?
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."
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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AN EMBUGGERANCE  —  I would have liked to keep this one quiet …
The Corner:
Huck's Apology … Hey, Huck, welcome to the show.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Hopes dim for closure of Guantánamo
The Politico:
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