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11:15 AM ET, December 16, 2007

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook: President Clinton on speakerphone  —  Good Sunday morning, and welcome to a quick Sunday show/church pregame.  —  John Edwards is on Newsweek's cover as "The Sleeper."  Hours before Gov. Romney goes on "Meet" for the full hour, the L.A. Times portrays his Bain style as grasping and greedy.
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Des Moines Register:
The Register's caucus endorsements: McCain, Clinton  —  The Des Moines Register's editorial board has endorsed Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Iowa caucuses.  —  The Register, Iowa's statewide newspaper, calls McCain and Clinton the candidates …
Des Moines Register:
Democratic endorsement editorial: Why Clinton  —  THE REGISTER'S EDITORIAL BOARD  —  A deep, talented field in the Democratic caucus race offers both good and difficult choices.  —  No fewer than three candidates would, by their very identity, usher the nation to the doorstep of history.
Boston Globe:
Globe endorses McCain, Obama  —  Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have been endorsed by The Boston Globe editorial board ahead of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 8 in New Hampshire.  —  The board wrote that Obama, the Illinois Democrat, fulfills America's need for …
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Commander in chief: McCain is the best choice  —  Next year America will elect a war President who will have to be ready to take command of the United States armed forces and make life-or-death decisions starting on day one.  With the war in Iraq having improved dramatically in the past six months …
Boston Globe:   For the Democrats: Barack Obama
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Boston Globe endorses Obama, McCain
Discussion: New York Times
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah  —  THIS campaign season has been in desperate need of its own reincarnation of Howard Beale from "Network": a TV talking head who would get mad as hell and not take it anymore.  Last weekend that prayer was answered when Lawrence O'Donnell …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Reefer Madness in Iowa  —  With the Iowa campaign in wild flux — and in the case of Hillary, acid reflux — The Des Moines Register decides to hold a tie-breaking debate with the two Democratic front-runners.  —  Carolyn Washburn, the phlegmatic editor of the paper, once more moderates.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama: 'I hardly think that I've been under exposed'
Discussion: Wizbang and New York Times
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Obama in the 'Loo responds to Clinton camp
John Cochran / ABCNEWS:
Congress Defies Bush on CIA Tape Probe  —  House Will Continue Investigation Despite White House Request to Drop It  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Silvestre Reyes told ABC News today that he will ignore the Bush administration's request to drop its investigation of why CIA interrogation tapes were destroyed.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Destruction of CIA Tapes Defended  —  The Bush administration has told a federal judge that its 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes did not violate a court order because the captives in question were being kept in secret prisons at the time, not at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Helena DeMoura / CNN:
Four Bolivian regions declare autonomy from government  —  (CNN) — Tensions were rising in Bolivia on Saturday as members of the country's four highest natural gas-producing regions declared autonomy from the central government.  —  Thousands waved the Santa Cruz region's green-and-white flags …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Spotlight on John Edwards  —  John Edwards makes the cover of Newsweek and is the subject of a five page article.  He's also on several of the Sunday morning shows today.  —  He's still fighting hard in Iowa, touting his willingness to fight for Democrats.
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Pledging Allegiance  —  New York was warm on that spring day in 1961, remembers Jack O'Leary, a teacher and role model for 17-year-old Rudy Giuliani, and a confidant for the boy's father, Harold Giuliani.  Harold had asked O'Leary, then a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers …
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Reducing the risk of copycat killers  —  How papers can avoid glorifying perpetrators  —  The way the media cover an event influences whether there will be repetitions.  For example, if a fan runs onto the field during a baseball game, the broadcast cameras usually avoid showing pictures of the fan.
Sara Burnett / Rocky Mountain News:
Nacchio verdict: uphold or overturn?  —  10th Circuit panel will decide which argument merits favor in appeal  —  Will Joe Nacchio go free?  —  On Tuesday, attorneys for the former Qwest CEO will stand before three judges at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and argue that he should.
Discussion: Emptywheel and TalkLeft
 
 
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