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8:40 PM ET, December 13, 2007


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Mevanh / The Page:
Bill Shaheen Resigns from Clinton Campaign  —  New Hampshire pol, husband of former Gov. Jeanne, quits NH co-chair position over Wednesday's drug comment about Obama.  —  "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.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Bill Shaheen quits Clinton campaign  —  Bill Shaheen has resigned as a co-chair of Hillary Clinton's national campaign, has learned.  —  Shaheen last night apologized for telling a reporter that if Barack Obama becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, Republicans will use his admitted past drug use against him.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — The final Democratic debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses is in the books.  —  Rather than give Fix readers a roundup of what just happened (you can get that here from the AP's Nedra Pickler), we figured we would take a page …
Clinton aide resigns over Obama drug remarks
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Marc Ambinder:
Democratic Debate: First Take  —  Everyone had a good debate.  —  (Campaign pull-quote compilers, take note.)  —  But who did best?  The audience is undecided Democratic caucus goers.  Who stood out?  Who was different?  Who seemed most presidential?  Who parlayed their strengths?
Discussion: The New Republic, Spin Cycle, MyDD and Salon
Ben Smith / The Politico:
HRC struggles for points at last debate  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's shift from confident front-runner to scrappy, challenged candidate became clear at the final Democratic debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, as she strained against the limits of the staid event to draw contrasts with her rivals.
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN Political Ticker
Michelle Malkin:
The Iowa Democrat debate: Schoolmarm returns; Update: Schoolmarm …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Debate Preview: Do or Die for Clinton?
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 …
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Lawmakers vote to hold Bush aides in contempt
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:   House OKs bill banning CIA waterboarding
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Pelosi: Republicans `like' Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.  —  "They like this war.  They want this war to continue," Pelosi, D- Calif., told reporters.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
After losing spending battle, Pelosi eyes '08 election
Sean Hackbarth / Fred File:
Fred Thompson Campaign Apologies  —  From Karen Hanretty, Deputy Communications Director:  —  In light of Mike Huckabee's heartfelt apology to Mitt Romney for making reference to Romney's religion in the New York Times Magazine, we at the Thompson Campaign would like to offer Huckabee …
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.
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.
Jared Bernstein / The Coffee House:
Boy, Have We Got an Inequality Problem  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just updated their invaluable data series on income inequality and the results are startling.  Income inequality among households, both before and after Federal taxes, grew more quickly over the last two years of the series …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Military Leaders: Ignore Bush Veto Threat, Ban Waterboarding  —  Thirty retired admirals and generals have penned a letter to key Democrats, urging them to defy President Bush's veto threats and pass legislation requiring U.S intelligence agents to follow strict standards for detainee treatment.
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Associated Press:
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Rick Klein / Political Radar:
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Judicial Campaign Contribution Quid Fails to Produce Quo
Discussion: Associated Press
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Thompson simply hard-wired wrong for the White House
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Corner:
So That's That Then  —  Taking full advantage of the opportunity …
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