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2:10 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 …
Huckabee skyrockets among GOP voters in key Southern state
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Class Warfare  —  Here's a chart based on Paul Krugman's writeup of data from the CBO's new "Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates" report.  Naturally, the only solution is tax cuts.
Paul Krugman:
Bush boom bah
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Will the Senate Gut the Constitution and FISA Again?  —  The Senate is expected Friday to begin consideration of bills to restore FISA, after a panicked Congress gutted FISA's Constitutional protections last August.  Final votes may not occur until Monday or Wednesday, but procedural votes today …
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" …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Gore  —  Michael Hirsch says Al Gore should run for president.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Instead of Plum Appointments, Maybe a Lump of Coal  —  Christmas is usually a time when controversial nominees for top federal jobs wait for Santa, in the form of the president of the United States, to come down the chimney with their recess appointments.  —  Maybe not this year.
Ali / Think Progress:
600:  —  Percent the cost of government paper-shredding has increased since President Bush took office.  USASpending tracked how the government spent $452,807 on contracts for paper-shredding services in 2000, only to see that number rise astronomically to over $2.9 million in 2006.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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.
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 …
SITE Intelligence Group / SITE Institute:
"Annapolis - The Treason" - An Audio Speech from Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri from As-Sahab Media - 12/2007  —  Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the second in command of Al-Qaeda, speaks in regard to the Annapolis peace conference, in a 20:02 minute audio speech issued by As-Sahab, the multimedia arm of Al-Qaeda …
From The Blotter / The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Releases New Recording
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
ENHANCED BULLS***T TECHNIQUES.  —  As we go around and around on waterboarding yet again, I couldn't help noticing that I cannot recall a single instance in which I've seen a journalist simply refer to waterboarding and similar methods of interrogation as "torture."
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Dean's World
Tobin Harshaw / The Opinionator:
Revenge of the 'Citizen Journalist'  —  "You're beginning to get a lot more news ... from you," warns David Hazinski, an NBC News correspondent-turned-journalism- professor, in an Atlanta Journal-Consitution op-ed article: … Well, those who have bemoaned the loss of bipartisanship …
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Gateway Pundit:
MULLAHS PUNKED— So Much For That Modesty Campaign
Discussion: Say Anything
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Delegate Math, Cont.
Discussion: The Corner
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Vilsack's neighbor: first Clinton, now Obama
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Siegelman Update  —  For those of you who missed last night's segment …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
New York SEIU locals to endorse Clinton
Matthew Yglesias:
Advisors  —  It seems that the powers that be have decreed …
New York Post:
Discussion: FishBowlDC, CBS News and Romenesko
Rebecca Smithers / Guardian:
Britons 'drink more than we thought'
Discussion: Slog and The Impolitic
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's 'surprises'?  —  Clinton didn't mention specifics …
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOPers consider additional debate
Washington Post:
Poll Shows More Optimism on War
Peter Sayer / New York Times:
Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Code Huckabee  —  Is the thought of Mike Huckabee as president just vaguely scary?
Vuitton-clad Venezuela minister spouts socialism
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
After the Money's Gone  —  On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve …