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12:45 PM ET, December 14, 2007


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CNN Political Ticker:
S.C. poll: Huckabee bolts to top of GOP; Obama cuts into Clinton lead  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged to the top among Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina, while Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama among Democrats narrowed since July in that state, according to a new poll.
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 …
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 …
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:, or phone 800-708-7311, ext 246).  —  The ghost of Howard Dean haunts the pundit class.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Pulpit and the Potemkin Village  —  Would Reagan survive in today's GOP?  And is Mrs. Clinton in for a fall this winter?  —  What is happening in Iowa is no longer boring but big, and may prove huge.  —  The Republican race looks—at the moment—to be determined primarily by one thing, the question of religious faith.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Plan B For Pelosi And Reid  —  Congressional Democrats need a Plan B.  —  Republicans chortle as they block Democratic initiatives — and accuse the majority of being unable to govern.  Rank-and-filers are furious that their leaders can't end the Iraq war.  President Bush sits back and vetoes at will.
Paul Krugman:
Bush boom bah  —  You know you're a serious wonk when you wait eagerly each year for the arrival of the CBO's "Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates."  But it's much more than a tax report — it's the single best estimate we have of trends in income and income inequality.  The tables (Excel file) are here.
Matthew Yglesias:
Class Warfare  —  Here's a chart based on Paul Krugman's writeup …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:   Conservatives accuse Rudy of fuzzy math
From The Blotter / The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Releases New Recording  —  From The Blotter:  —  A new al Qaeda communique featuring Al-Qaeda's number-two man was released on the internet Friday morning.  —  References to last month's peace conference in Annapolis indicate the recording is recent.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Atlas Shrugs
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 blasts peace conference
Michelle Malkin:
New Al Qaeda tape released for the holidays
Booman Tribune:
Sen. Reid Setting Us Up on FISA  —  As far as I can tell, Senator Reid is preparing to ignore Senator Dodd's 'hold' on any FISA bill that includes telecommunications corporations' immunity.  He will introduce the Intelligence Committee's bill that includes immunity and then 'automatically substitute …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
New York SEIU locals to endorse Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton will pick up the backing of two giant regional SEIU locals based in New York, the health-care workers' union 1199 and a big building-service workers union, Local 32BJ, a labor source says.  —  Their backing wasn't automatic …
The Corner:
Omar the Actor  —  In conservative circles, I take a lot of ribbing for the fact that I used to work for The New York Times.  But during the years I was at the paper, my editors held us to a very high standard.  Apparently, things have changed.  —  The most recent example is the Times quoting …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Rove, Bolten Found in Contempt of Congress  —  Senate Committee Cites Top Bush Advisers in Probe of U.S. Attorney Firings  —  A Senate panel found former presidential adviser Karl Rove and current White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten in contempt of Congress yesterday for refusing …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why Isn't Gore Running?  —  The White House is the place to battle global warming.  —  There he was again on the world stage—in Oslo this time—celebrating his Nobel Peace Prize with singer Melissa Etheridge and actress Uma Thurman, the Hollywood hottie who called him "adorable" …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Code Huckabee  —  Is the thought of Mike Huckabee as president just vaguely scary?  Or have we learned enough about the man that we should be hair-on-fire alarmed at the prospect, still pretty remote, that he could actually win?  —  True, none of his opponents for the Republican nomination inspires much confidence.
Washington Post:
Poll Shows More Optimism on War  —  After Record Lows, Bush Gains With Republicans, Independents  —  A year after approval of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq dipped to an all-time low, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds discontent toward the war easing slightly …
Discussion: and Don Surber
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Siegelman Update  —  For those of you who missed last night's segment on MSNBC with Dan Abrams, here it is.  As Abrams said, the prosecutors have had a pass on their completely outrageous conduct for far too long, and now it's time for the mainstream media to keep on top of them and expose …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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New Hampshire Union Leader:
Clinton campaign co-chair steps down
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Vilsack's neighbor: first Clinton, now Obama
Matthew Yglesias:
Advisors  —  It seems that the powers that be have decreed …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Voting Chief Tanner Resigns
New York Post:
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Lives Are Growing Harder, Hispanics Say in Survey
USA Today:
Giuliani shifts tactics, goes on offensive
Discussion: The Fix and MSNBC
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Houston Chronicle:
Paul foots bill for Huckabee critics' trips
The Huffington Post:
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