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7:20 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.
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Rudy on the Road to Toast City  —  Rudy Giuliani is fast heading toward Toast City.  A new Florida poll - admittedly done by robots - has him sinking faster than a corpse dumped out of a Coup DeVille at midnight in the Meadowlands swamp.  And Florida is Rudy's self-proclaimed "firewall."
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 …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Friday Afternoon Speculative Horserace Thoughts
Discussion: Ross Douthat
CNN Political Ticker:
S.C. poll: Huckabee bolts to top of GOP; Obama cuts into Clinton lead
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: No Monkey Business; Update: Fred scores again on AP …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Huckacide  —  Editor's note: This column is available exclusively through King Features Syndicate.  For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact: kfsreprint@hearstsc.com, or phone 800-708-7311, ext 246).  —  The ghost of Howard Dean haunts the pundit class.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right and Religion  —  It's amazing to me to watch Rich Lowry and Charles Krauthammer begin to panic at the signs of Christianism taking over the Republican party.  Where, one wonders, have they been for the past decade?  They have long pooh-poohed those of us who have been warning …
Redstate:
F-you Country Boy.  Jesus Freaks Need Not Apply.  —  You know the most damnably aggravating thing about this campaign season for me?  I continue to feel compelled to defend Mike Huckabee and I'm still convinced he'd hurt the party were he the nominee.  And as I continue to defend Huckabee …
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
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 …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Mukasey Rejects Demand for Information  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has firmly rejected Congressional demands that he provide information about the Justice Department's investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency's destruction of videotapes showing interrogations.
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.
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 …
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Mike Huckabee has a theology degree — or does he?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and The Caucus
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."
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary And The Drug Flap: Does Her Campaign Want Issue To Go Away?
Discussion: New York Times, Spin Cycle and The RBC
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 …
Discussion: Corrente and TalkLeft
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dodd To Hillary And Obama: Will You Make Good On Your Promise …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and Corrente
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: TownHall Blog, 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 …
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
 
 
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The Raw Story:
Wyoming's top Democrat: State's voters 'seem to hate' Hillary
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Freedom, Faith, and Postwar Europe
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Clinton Claims Credit for Bill She Didn't Pass
Pajamas Media:
Fear  —  You injure yourself, and in that first moment …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ENTITLEMENTS....Speaking of charts and the CBO, here's …
Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
The Pastor and the Brawler  —  So Mike Huckabee has brought …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Awful Is Mark Penn?
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Last Thoughts Re Abe and Fred
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Matthew Yglesias:
Weak Field  —  I know some netroots types are frustrated …
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Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee congratulates Canada on preserving its National Igloo
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: Ronald Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Fundie GOP
Steve Quinn / Associated Press:
Gov. Palin strikes a few poses for fashion magazine
Discussion: Wonkette
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Hamas MP Says 'Jews Are Creating Artificial Earthquakes'
RADAR:
BUSH SECRET SHREDDING SOARS
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOPers consider additional debate
 

 
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