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12:35 PM 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."
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 …
The Corner:
So Not Buying It  —  In the 1990s, the Clinton's mastered …
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
A dream comes true: USASpending.gov goes live today  —  Nearly eight years ago, Bill Beach, director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, and I invited Gary Bass of OMB Watch over for a chat about the possibility of our two organizations collaborating in an effort to put all federal spending on the Internet.
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
OMB Offers an Easy Way to Follow the Money
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?
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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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.
The Politico:
Immigration reshapes politics everywhere  —  If there was any doubt about the fearsome power of an anti-immigration message in American politics this election cycle, Republican Bob Latta drove a stake through it on Tuesday.  —  It's hard to imagine a more miserable political climate for Republicans …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Strata-Sphere
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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 …
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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Mevanh / The Page:
Another Political "Sorry"
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: 'Dorothy'  —  Hillary's mom makes the most political …
Discussion: The Swamp
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Mystery: Who's Behind Brutal Web Video Slamming Huckabee Over Paroled Rapist?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Corrente and Hot Air
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:
Gore: US blocking climate talks progress
Discussion: Hoffmania! and On Deadline
Gene Lyons / NWAnews.com:
There's more to character than being charming
Discussion: Hullabaloo and BuzzFlash.org
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
McConnell gets first serious Democratic challenger
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
RUDY'S $30M PAYDAY
Discussion: Time
Marc Ambinder:
Minutemen Bash Founder Over Huckabee Endorsement
Discussion: Hot Air and Say Anything
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Suspected Army suicides set record
The Blog Report:
GLENN GREENWALD: Democrats show Beltway "strength"
Terry Pratchett:
AN EMBUGGERANCE  —  I would have liked to keep this one quiet …
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Hopes dim for closure of Guantánamo
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Russia Will Finish Bushehr
Discussion: Reuters
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Man From Target
CNN:
Muslim helps Jews attacked on New York subway