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6:30 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.
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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, UnionLeader.com 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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Debate Preview: Do or Die for Clinton?
Michelle Malkin:
The Iowa Democrat debate: Schoolmarm returns; Update: Schoolmarm …
CNN:
Aide: Clinton apologizes to Obama
Discussion: MoJoBlog
ESPN:
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.
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CNN:
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
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Mitchell, Major League Baseball big wigs called to testify on Hill
Discussion: The Swamp and WBBM-TV
ArkansasTimes:
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.
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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?
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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 …
Discussion: Say Anything
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Charles Krauthammer / Townhall.com:
Knee-Deep in Religion  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney declares …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Romney's two-pronged strategy to beat back Huckmentum
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and BLACKFIVE
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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Thompson simply hard-wired wrong for the White House
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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
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The Corner:
Immigration Politics  —  Two interesting pieces in Politico …
Discussion: The Politico
The Corner:
So That's That Then  —  Taking full advantage of the opportunity …
Discussion: Telegraph and EU Referendum
Melanie Mason / The New Republic:
Hillary's Parking Lot Obstacle
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USA Today:
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Henry Kissinger / Washington Post:
Misreading the Iran Report