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7:05 PM ET, December 17, 2007


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Harry Reid — compare and contrast  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Russ Feingold, today, on the effects of Harry Reid's pro-administration dirty work: … All of this stems from Reid's refusal to honor the "hold" placed on that bill by Chris Dodd, who has been in the Senate for 24 years.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama's Statement on Dodd and Filibuster  —  I contacted the Clinton, Edwards and Obama campaigns last night to ask them if they had statements on Dodd's filibuster against retroactive immunity today.  So far the only one to get back to me with one is Obama:
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Senate: Deflating Democrats' Dream of 60 Seats
Discussion: Power Line
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dodd Campaign Vows That Senator Will Filibuster FISA Bill Today "As Long As He Can"
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
That picture of Hillary on Drudge right now.  —  Have you seen it?  —  Caption: "The Toll of a Campaign."  It seems so cruel.  Immodest Proposals writes: … My first reaction to that picture is simple disbelief.  How can she suddenly look that much older?
XWL / Immodest Proposals:   The Most Significant Photo of 2007 . . .  Right here, that's it …
Sadly, No!:
A tantalizing peek at history's greatest book  —  Thanks to a certain Christmas elf who sent us this early present:  —  Personally, I think the chapter about liberals being seKKKret racists will be the most LOL-worthy, although "The 1960s: Fascism Takes to the Streets" should be good for giggles as well.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Matthew Yglesias:
Quintessential Fascism  —  O frabjous day!  Over at Sadly, No they have screen captures of Liberal Fascism.  I've reproduced s bigger version the most awesome part of the book jacket.
USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Giuliani & Clinton hold slightly wider leads  —  Fresh off the presses, so to speak — the latest numbers from the national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken over the weekend.  They appear to show that the front-runners are still front-running:  —  Republicans.
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
December 17, 2007 - Giuliani's Republican Lead Shrinks As Huckabee Surges Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Candidates' Private Lives Are Off Limits  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's lead in the New York State Republican presidential primary is shrinking …
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarrette: Attempts to destroy Obama backfire  —  SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — Ever since Barack Obama began to pierce the inevitability that we were told surrounded the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, I've wondered how the Clintonistas would react.  Now we know: not well.
USA Today:
New Clinton campaign out to show her likability
The Daily Princetonian:
Nava '09 admits to fabricating assault, threatening e-mails  —  Francisco Nava '09 has admitted to fabricating an alleged assault on himself that he said occurred Friday evening and to sending threatening emails to himself, other members of the Anscombe Society and prominent conservative …
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Obama racial subtext surfaces in Iowa  —  Edwards parries a voter's question about Obama and the O.J. verdict  —  Presidential hopefuls former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., await the start of last Thursday's Des Moines Register Presidential Debate in Iowa.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
IT'S PERFECTLY REASONABLE TO REJECT A CANDIDATE BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS VIEWS.  —  Just before this gets completely out of hand and becomes a mantralike repetition, let us please recall what the careful phrases of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution actually and very carefully and deliberately say:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Ron Paul For The Republican Nomination  —  By now, readers will know who I favor in the Democratic race.  Here's my most considered case.  But what of the GOP?  For me, it comes down to two men, Ron Paul and John McCain.  That may sound strange, because in many ways they are polar opposites …
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: King endorses Romney... no, Thompson  —  From NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann  —  And the endorsements keep coming... Congressman Steve King (R), one of Iowa's most strident critics of illegal immigration and a champion of the state's rural conservatives, has endorsed Romney.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Giuliani's Qualifications  —  At his blog on NRO, David Frum offers an answer to the question Ramesh put last week (to Lisa Schiffren) about what makes Rudy Giuliani stand out as uniquely qualified among the other GOP candidates to be commander-in-chief.  (Like David, I also support Rudy.)
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Hillary donor gets $2.6 million earmark in Omnibus bill …
Discussion: Omnibusting
NY Daily News:
Spitzer back in DA's sights
Nazila Fathi / International Herald Tribune:
Iran indicates it is building another nuclear plant
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Abdullah Shihri / Associated Press:
Saudi King Pardons Rape Victim
Discussion: Daimnation!
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
The Return Of The Partisan Press?
Discussion: Ed
Diana Appleyard / Daily Mail:
Why one Muslim girl became a born-again virgin for her wedding night
Discussion: Hot Air
Wolfgang Munchau / Financial Times:
Hold tight, the central banks have no plan
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Predicting the future at the Iowa caucus
Matthew Yglesias:
With Friends Like These  —  Damon Linker has a great essay …
The Raw Story:
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Boycotted Radio Host Remains Unbowed
Martin Delgado / Daily Mail:
Floods of tears as climate change 'hard man' breaks down at summit
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tony Snow: 'The Second War In This Country' Is 'The War On God'
The Nose On Your Face:
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