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10:25 AM ET, December 13, 2007

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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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New York Times:
Republican Presidential Debate  —  REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR FRED THOMPSON FORMER AMBASSADOR ALAN KEYES MODERATOR: CAROLYN WASHBURN
Michelle Malkin:
Digging deeper: The enviro-nitwit-ization of the GOP
Byron York / The Corner:   Romney on Huckabee and Faith
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Huckabee Shines in Lackluster Debate
Discussion: Time, Hot Air and Eunomia
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Plutocrats v. The Theocrats
Discussion: Eunomia
Markpreston / CNN Political Ticker:
Nebraska governor to endorse Romney
Discussion: Joe's Crabby Shack
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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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Sees Problem for Obama  —  DES MOINES — A top adviser to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that Senator Barack Obama's admission of illegal drug use as a young man could threaten his electability and be seized on by Republicans if he won the Democratic presidential nomination.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A Dud From Team Clinton
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: No firewall in NH for Hillary
Discussion: Boston Globe
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
In Iowa, a Scrambling Lesson for Clinton
Discussion: MSNBC
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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Ed Henry / CNN:
Deal would give Bush victory on war funding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic lawmakers and staffers privately say they're closing in on a broad budget deal that would give President Bush as much as $70 billion in new war funding.  —  The deal would lack a key provision Democrats had attached …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems cave on spending  —  Senate and House Democrats backed down Wednesday from a spending showdown with President Bush.  —  The Democrats' capitulation Wednesday on the total domestic spending level is the latest instance of Bush prevailing on a major policy showdown.
Washington Post:
Democrats Blaming Each Other For Failures
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Man From Target  —  Huckabee!  Huckabee!  The man of the hour!  What is it that voters love so much about this guy?  Is it a hitherto inchoate yearning for a president who knows less about international affairs than they do?  Hope that a man who can lose 100 pounds could also get rid of the federal deficit?
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Michael Duffy / Time:
The GOP Race: None of the Above
Discussion: NY Daily News and The Politico
Michael Tanner / Fox News:
Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative
Discussion: The Corner
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?
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Muslim helps Jews attacked on New York subway  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A Muslim man jumped to the aid of three Jewish subway riders after they were attacked by a group of young people who objected to one of the Jews saying "Happy Hanukkah," a spokeswoman for the three said Wednesday.
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.
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.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
 
 
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
A Family Duty  —  About an hour before kickoff, the white-haired man …
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John Tierney / NYT:
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Study Faults Charities for Veterans
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H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
EPA was pressured to weaken toxic report rules
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Gonzales Named Lawyer of the Year
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Truthdig
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Idaho Senators Block Bush's ATF Pick
James Rowley / MiamiHerald.com:
General won't say waterboarding violates Geneva Conventions
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Hillary Haters and the Roosevelts
National Review:
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Don Surber:
YouTubing Reid  —  His games with supporting our troops are exposed on the Internet.
Discussion: Say Anything
Louise Gray / Scotsman:
Half of Scots see Muslims as 'cultural threat' in wake of terrorist attacks
Discussion: USS Neverdock