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8:15 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.
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
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Friday Afternoon Speculative Horserace Thoughts
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Justice Dept. Blocks House Inquiry into CIA Torture Tapes  —  Only two days after the House intelligence committee inaugurated its inquiry into the CIA's torture tapes by hosting CIA Director Mike Hayden on Wednesday, the Justice Department instructed key CIA officials not to cooperate.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Reid Chooses Admin-Friendly Measure as Basis for Surveillance Bill
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and AMERICAblog
CNN:
FISA Bill With Telco Immunity To Be Debated Monday
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dodd To Hillary And Obama: Will You Make Good On Your Promise …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Rich Lowry / Townhall.com:
Huckacide  —  The ghost of Howard Dean haunts the pundit class.  As soon as a candidate of either party spikes up in the polls, he is compared with Dean, who had a spectacular boomlet in the second half of 2003 only to deflate as soon as people began to vote in early 2004.
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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
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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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
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.
NPR:
Huckabee Talks Tough on Mortgage Bailout  —  Listen Now  —  · Earlier in the year, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was near the back of the pack in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Now, he is leading the polls in Iowa and South Carolina — and running second …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Balloon Juice
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 …
 
 
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The Raw Story:
Wyoming's top Democrat: State's voters 'seem to hate' Hillary
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Huck's gift-givers ended up in state posts
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 …
Ross Douthat:
Huckenfreude (n): Pleasure derived from the outrage of prominent …
Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
The Pastor and the Brawler  —  So Mike Huckabee has brought …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Awful Is Mark Penn?
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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
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: Ronald Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Fundie GOP
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Hamas MP Says 'Jews Are Creating Artificial Earthquakes'
Gateway Pundit:
MULLAHS PUNKED— So Much For That Modesty Campaign
RADAR:
BUSH SECRET SHREDDING SOARS
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Vilsack's neighbor: first Clinton, now Obama
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOPers consider additional debate