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3:15 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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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 …
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.
Associated Press:
How the 2008 candidates chill out
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Peggy Noonan: Ronald Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Fundie GOP
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.
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CNN:
FISA Bill With Telco Immunity To Be Debated Monday
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPM Election Central
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" …
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Case for Gore  —  Michael Hirsch says Al Gore should run for president.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's 'surprises'?  —  Clinton didn't mention specifics …
Discussion: The Swamp
Scott Shane / New York Times:
House Passes Restrictions on Interrogation Methods  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Bush, the House of Representatives voted Thursday to prohibit waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency against high-level prisoners from Al Qaeda.
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.
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 …
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: Say Anything
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Dean's World
 
 
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Steve Quinn / Associated Press:
Gov. Palin strikes a few poses for fashion magazine
Little Green Footballs:
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Krooney / The Page:
Two Sets of Iowa Numbers With Different Dem Snapshots
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
ENHANCED BULLS***T TECHNIQUES.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Delegate Math, Cont.
Discussion: The Corner
RADAR:
BUSH SECRET SHREDDING SOARS
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
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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:
SO, WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY AT THE ATLANTIC?
Discussion: FishBowlDC, CBS News and Romenesko
Rebecca Smithers / Guardian:
Britons 'drink more than we thought'
Discussion: Slog and The Impolitic
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOPers consider additional debate
The Corner:
Omar the Actor  —  In conservative circles, I take a lot …
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?