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5:05 PM ET, December 13, 2007


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Mevanh / The Page:
Shaheen Resigns from Clinton Campaign  —  New Hampshire pol and co-chair quits over Wednesday's drug comment.  —  "I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down ...." Read his full statement.  —  Earlier: CLINTON PERSONALLY APOLOGIZES TO OBAMA OVER DRUG FLAP
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 …
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Bill Shaheen quits Clinton campaign
Discussion: The Fix
Michelle Malkin:
The Iowa Democrat debate: Schoolmarm returns; Update: Schoolmarm …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
After losing spending battle, Pelosi eyes '08 election  —  Congressional Democrats have lost their end-of-the-year showdown with President Bush, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) countered Thursday that the House succeeded in showing what Democrats can do, and would do, if a Democrat were in the White House.
Mitchell report: Baseball slow to react to players' steroids use  —  NEW YORK — George Mitchell's 20-month report into steroid use in professional baseball blamed both players and management for the problem.  —  Mitchell addressed the media and released his report Thursday.
Clemens, Pettitte named in baseball steroid report  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Illegal steroids have been in widespread use in Major League Baseball for more than a decade and used by some of the game's top stars, former Sen. George Mitchell said in releasing a report Thursday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Democrats show Beltway "strength," avoid being depicted as weak  —  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:
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Bow to Bush's Demands in House Spending Bill
New York Times:   A Shameful Presidential Threat
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Mitt Romney: I'm the Underdog  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa—Mitt Romney declared for the first time publicly that he is the underdog to his rival, Mike Huckabee, at this point in Iowa's fast-approaching Republican caucuses on Jan. 3.  —  Yet, notably, he did not criticize Mr. Huckabee directly during …
Dumond goes viral UPDATE  —  Mike Huckabee's advocacy of rapist/killer Wayne Dumond's release has hit YouTube in a piece Talking Points Memo terms brutal in the course of looking into its provenance.  The mother of Dumond's Missouri murder victim is featured.  —  An Arkansas Republican, Keith Emis, takes responsibility.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Mystery: Who's Behind Brutal Web Video Slamming Huckabee Over Paroled Rapist?  —  Okay, this is interesting.  Take a look at this new and absolutely brutal Web video that slams Mike Huckabee over his role (first reported by The Huffington Post) in pushing for serial rapist Wayne Dumond:
Washington Post:
The Immigration Swamp  —  THE IDEA that 12 million illegal residents of the United States can be induced to quit the country en masse within four months is absurd on its face — a non-starter in logistical, humanitarian, political, diplomatic, commercial and economic terms that would leave an indelible stain on this country for years.
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 …
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.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
A dream comes true: 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.
Edward / Heading Right:
Live-Blogging The Democrats  —  What's this?  Heading Right covering a Democratic debate?  Sure!  It's the last major debate before the Iowa caucus, and we'll take a conservative perspective on what's happening on the Left.  I'll blog this in reverse-chronological order …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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?
Melanie Mason / The New Republic:
Hillary's Parking Lot Obstacle  —  Adam Nagourney notes the Obama camp's vastly superior Iowa expertise.  And in my experience, those guys do have a stunningly deep knowledge of the minutae of the state that dates back decades.  —  But Hillary has a much bigger problem on her hands.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Pelosi: Republicans `like' Iraq War
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS, DAY 2  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd
Republicans Debate in Des Moines
Marc Ambinder:
Democratic Debate: First Take  —  Everyone had a good debate.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Salon
The Corner:
I Choose Life  —  No, I'm not watching the fool debate.  Life's too short.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Democrats Debate: Johnston, Iowa, 2PM ET
Discussion: CBS News
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Where Bloomberg Fits in Election
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Matthew Yglesias:
Jesus and Lucifer, Sitting in a Tree
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Romney's (almost) Dean Scream speech
USA Today:
Suspected Army suicides set record