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1:05 AM ET, December 15, 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.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:   Friday Afternoon Speculative Horserace Thoughts
Ross Douthat:
Bring Me The Head of Mitt Romney!
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
Hotline On Call:
Diageo/The Hotline Survey: Huck On Top in Iowa, HRC/BHO Tied
Discussion: MyDD
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Rudy on the Road to Toast City
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
On the Republican Itinerary  —  A few months back I put together …
Associated Press:   How the 2008 candidates chill out
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:
Attorney General 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 …
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 …
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Democrats.senate.gov:
Reid Statement On FISA Bill  —  Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the FISA Improvement Act of 2007:  —  "I will shortly move to proceed to S. 2248, the FISA Improvement Act of 2007.
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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 …
Reuters:
Congress ramps up Iraq, Afghanistan spending  —  Defense authorization bill sent to Bush — without timetables  —  WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led Congress authorized more Iraq war spending on Friday, sending President Bush a defense bill requiring no change in strategy after failing again …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary And The Drug Flap: Does Her Campaign Want Issue To Go Away?
Discussion: Spin Cycle, New York Times and The RBC
ABCNEWS:
Did Immigration Ads Spark Link to Terror?  —  5th Grader Questions Obama, Making Immigration-Terror Link  —  When Iowa Democrat Tod Bowman got home Thursday night, he got an earful from his wife about what their fifth-grader had just done.  —  Earlier that day, their son, Beau Bowman …
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Campaigns Woo 3 Iowans for Paper's Endorsement  —  DES MOINES — The other day, as his sport utility vehicle idled outside, former President Bill Clinton held forth on a sofa in the publisher's suite at The Des Moines Register, explaining why he believed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton should win the newspaper's coveted endorsement.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
The Raw Story:
Wyoming's top Democrat: State's voters 'seem to hate' Hillary  —  SOUTH KOREAN parliament brawls over proposal to impeach prosecutors.
David Barboza / New York Times:
In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters  —  FUQING, China — Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad / Newsweek:
An Arrogant Approach  —  The danger of unilateralism— for the United States and the world
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America's Priorities in the War on Terror
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