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10:40 AM ET, December 17, 2007


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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
KERREY'S PRAISE OF BARACK A BIG O-BOMBO  —  NEW SCHOOL President and former US Sen. Bob Kerrey just couldn't help himself from applauding Barack Obama after endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa yesterday - until he gave a left-handed compliment that almost sounded like it was cooked up in Clinton's headquarters.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Big Table Fantasies  —  Broadly speaking, the serious contenders for the Democratic nomination are offering similar policy proposals — the dispute over health care mandates notwithstanding.  But there are large differences among the candidates in their beliefs about what it will take to turn a progressive agenda into reality.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
In '08 Race, the Other Clinton Steps Up Publicly  —  DUNLAP, Iowa — When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign advisers laid out their new political strategy in a private conference call with allies last Tuesday, Bill Clinton was not on the line.  He did not need to be.  The message being delivered was his.
Michael James / Political Punch:
Why Did Bob Kerrey Mention Obama's Middle Name — 'Hussein'?  —  Some Obama supporters have asked why former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., today, mentioned her opponent Sen. Barack Hussein Obama's middle name in remarks published in The Washington Post.  (LINK)
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton invites voters to 'inspect' her
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Endorsed by Bob Kerrey
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Iraq Vote Dogs Clinton (Again)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jose Antonio Vargas / The Trail:
Ron Paul Beats Own Fundraising Record  —  In 2004, on the day John Kerry accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, the Boston senator raised $5.7 million on the Internet, the biggest online fundraising day on record.  —  Yesterday, Ron Paul, the Republican congressman whose rock star status …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Paul's one-day haul a record
The Corner:
Ron Paul — Two Decades of Leadership [Rick Brookhiser]
Discussion: Blog
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Ron Paul becomes $6 million man
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Yahoo! News:
Lieberman's New Kiss of Death  —  The Nation — Senator Joe Lieberman will finally come clean on Monday, unleashing his inner-Republican to endorse the struggling campaign of Senator John McCain, according to several news reports.  It is a bittersweet alliance for both men.
Washington Post:
Home-School Ties Aided Huckabee's Iowa Rise  —  Early Backers Rallied Conservative Network  —  ELDORA, Iowa — Julie Roe, an early believer in Mike Huckabee, worked with what she had.  —  With no buttons, no yard signs and no glossy literature from his nearly invisible Iowa campaign …
Discussion: and New York Times
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Huckabee ramps up game in early states
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Washington Post:
Bush Faces Pressure to Shift War Priorities  —  As Iraq Calms, Focus Turns to Afghanistan  —  With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the upswing in Afghanistan, President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. military to accelerate a troop drawdown in Iraq and bulk up force levels in Afghanistan …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Shorter Candidates  —  Obama: The system sucks, but I'm so awesome that it'll melt away before me.  —  Edwards: The system sucks, and we're gonna have to fight like hell to destroy it.  —  Clinton: The system sucks, and I know how to work within it more than anyone.
Kevin Landrigan /
Clinton chases after Obama with gender card  —  This week has finally put an end to all of that silly talk over the last 10 months from media pundits and political observers alike that Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., was going to win the New Hampshire primary in a walk.
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Normandale's 'meditation room' is home to a single faith  —  Last week, I visited a Muslim place of worship.  A schedule for Islam's five daily prayers was posted at the entrance, near a sign requesting that shoes be removed.  Inside, a barrier divided men's and women's prayer space …
Discussion: Norwegianity
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Who Will Stand with Chris Dodd for the Constitution?  —  Sometime today, Chris Dodd will take the floor in the US Senate and begin talking — a filibuster — and what he has to say touches on the most important issues facing this country.  The immediate topic will be a bill to provide retroactive immunity …
Carbon rationing predicted to deliver collapse in travel demand  —  Transport policy-makers should start preparing now for a dramatic reduction in motorised travel that will be brought about by carbon rationing, one of the country's leading environmental thinkers told LTT this week.
Markus Becker / Spiegel Online:
Climate Change Deal Reached after US U-Turn  —  There were tears, boos and, at the end, even hugs: After a long struggle, the delegates at the UN climate conference on Bali finally managed to agree on a roadmap for fighting climate change.  Despite the lack of concrete targets, most considered the deal a success.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Bali deal leaves greens in despair
Discussion: Telegraph and
Gateway Pundit:
WORLD CAN'T WAIT— Drive Out the Pelosi Regime  —  Cindy Sheehan: "Impeach Pelosi for collaboration with Bush Regime"  —  Leftist hero Mother Sheehan wants Speaker Pelosi frogmarched from the House in shame.  —  Oped News reported: … Glenn Reynolds notes: "You can't actually impeach a member of Congress, though.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Iowa's first lady to back Edwards for president  —  Iowa's first lady, who had said she would stay neutral in the presidential race, has changed her mind and plans to endorse Democrat John Edwards Monday.  —  "I decided to join in the fray," Mari Culver said in an interview today.
Discussion: Associated Press
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Striking writers in talks to launch Web start-ups  —  MOVING TO NEW MEDIA: Aaron Mendelsohn, a Writers Guild board member known for the "Air Bud" franchise, is in a group that plans to produce programming for the Internet independently of Hollywood studios at odds with the union.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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