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6:00 PM ET, December 14, 2007

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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Florida Republican Primary  —  Florida: Huckabee 27% Romney 23% Giuliani 19%  —  Mitt Romney's strategy for winning the Republican nomination was to win the early states and build momentum.  Rudy Giuliani's plan was to accept defeats in the early states and come back strong …
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Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Obama, Huckabee lead new Iowa poll  —  Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee hold 9-point leads in Iowa with less than three weeks to go before the Jan. 3 caucuses, according to a new poll conducted for the Quad-City Times and other Lee Enterprises newspapers.
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
New polls in the Michigan primary campaign  —  Two new independent polls of Michigan primary voters out today add to the evidence for a surge for Mike Huckabee in Michigan, a decline for Rudy Giuliani and the possibility of a John McCain surge if the GOP contest draws lots of independents and Democrats.
Ross Douthat:
Huckenfreude (n): Pleasure derived from the outrage of prominent conservative pundits over the rising poll numbers of Mike Huckabee.  Particularly sharp when the pundits in question are partisans of Rudy Giuliani, but extends to supporters of Mitt Romney as well.
Sarah Liebowitz / Concord Monitor:
Obama edges Clinton in poll  —  Romney well ahead in 'Monitor' survey  —  December 14.  —  Barack Obama has come from behind to turn the Democratic presidential race in New Hampshire into a toss-up, according to a new Monitor opinion poll.  The results - which show Obama with a one-point edge …
CNN Political Ticker:
S.C. poll: Huckabee bolts to top of GOP; Obama cuts into Clinton lead
Krooney / The Page:   Two Sets of Iowa Numbers With Different Dem Snapshots
Primary Monitor / yourconcord.com:
Monitor poll: Romney +13
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Rivals try class warfare against Romney
Discussion: The New Republic
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Mukasey Rejects Call for CIA Tape Details  —  Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today sharply rebuffed congressional demands for details about the Justice Department's inquiry into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, saying that providing such information would make it appear that the department was …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Greatscat!
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CNN:
FISA Bill With Telco Immunity To Be Debated Monday  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that debate on the legislation underpinning the government's warrantless wiretapping program will begin Monday.  —  Speaking in the Senate, Reid said he would bring forward …
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Redstate:
F-you Country Boy. Jesus Freaks Need Not Apply.
Discussion: Eunomia and The Corner
BBC:
Iraqi oil exceeds pre-war output  —  Iraqi oil production is above the levels seen before the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).  —  The IEA said Iraqi crude production is now running at 2.3 million barrels per day, compared with 1.9 million barrels at the start of this year.
CNN Political Ticker:
Veteran GOP strategist signs on with Huckabee  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A veteran Republican strategist considered by many the architect of Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide election victory is set to take the helm of Mike Huckabee's surging presidential bid, CNN has learned.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: Ronald Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Fundie GOP  —  This again. … I'm not sure either.  It's funny, though, Nooner.  Were you worried about this in 1998, when you wrote, … Amen!  Why wouldn't God love putting SRBMs in West Germany, invading Grenada …
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary's New Pitch: "No Surprises"  —  Johnston, Iowa— Hillary just held an extraordinary press conference here after taping an interview with Iowa public television in which she introduced a provocative new theme to her candidacy: "[T]here are no surprises."
Deacon / Power Line:
HE'S NOT A DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY, HE JUST PLAYS ONE ON TV  —  In a post-debate interview with CBN News last month, Mike Huckabee claimed that he is uniquely qualified to lead the war on terror because he has a theology degree.  Huckabee said: … The notion that a theology degree constitutes …
Gateway Pundit:
MULLAHS PUNKED— So Much For That Modesty Campaign  —  Sadly, someone played a video switcheroo on the Iranian hardliners.  —  This probably didn't sit too well with the mullahs and their battle against immodesty and women.  —  The billboard video display was certainly not cleric approved …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Say Anything
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Huck's gift-givers ended up in state posts  —  Mike Huckabee accepted more than 90 gifts from 21 Arkansans he appointed to state posts during his decade as governor, a Politico analysis of state public records found.  —  Since setting his sights on the White House, those supporters …
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush Demands Freedom to Torture  —  President Bush's repeated insistence that "we don't torture" appeared even more transparently bogus yesterday as the White House threatened to veto a House bill that would explicitly ban a variety of abhorrent practices.  —  The bill would require U.S …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Awful Is Mark Penn?  —  This awful:  —  Ezra: … What arguments?  The only sliver of policy difference is health care mandates.  The rest is "experience", "dynasty," "inevitability", "competence."  No wonder their only current argument is: cocaine.
 
 
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Eric Schmeltzer / The Huffington Post:
The War (on Christmas) Is Over!  —  NEW YORK/O'Reilly News Service …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Clinton Claims Credit for Bill She Didn't Pass
Pajamas Media:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Last Thoughts Re Abe and Fred
Matthew Yglesias:
Weak Field  —  I know some netroots types are frustrated …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee congratulates Canada on preserving its National Igloo
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Steve Quinn / Associated Press:
Gov. Palin strikes a few poses for fashion magazine
Discussion: Wonkette
Little Green Footballs:
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Latest Tricks: FISA, The Courts, The Petulant Unilateral Executive, And You
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
ENHANCED BULLS***T TECHNIQUES.
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BUSH SECRET SHREDDING SOARS
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why Isn't Gore Running?  —  The White House is the place to battle global warming.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOPers consider additional debate