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1:45 AM ET, December 19, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Two Words That Strike Fear Into The GOP  —  They aren't Hillary Clinton, nor are they Ron Paul.  The two words that will haunt the early primary states are "brokered convention", and we may be heading towards it.  At Heading Right, I review the McClatchy analysis of what looks to be a Rudy Giuliani slide.
Tom Baxter / Southern Political Report:
Edwards takes lead in InsiderAdvantage Iowa poll  —  John Edwards has leapfrogged over his rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and leads the Democratic field in Iowa, according to the latest InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll.  In the Republican caucus race, Mike Huckabee continues to hold a narrow lead over Mitt Romney.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Huckabee touts 'the celebration of the birth of Christ' in ad  —  By all indications, American presidential campaigns have featured television campaigns for about six decades.  Over that period, presidential hopefuls have made just about every appeal imaginable, but it appears that none have ever actually used the word "Christ."
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Attytood and Hot Air
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:   Fred Thompson Making a Major Move in Iowa
Frank James / The Swamp:
Check out the cross in the Huckabee ad
National Enquirer:
NATIONAL ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD SCANDAL!  —  The woman linked to Presidential candidate John Edwards in a cheating scandal is more than six months pregnant and telling a close confidante that Edwards is the father of her unborn child, The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
Discussion: DBKP, The Radio Equalizer and Macsmind
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
A Clinton link to a John Edwards' Love Child Scandal?  —  Updates below — including the Clinton link to the National Enquirer and an alleged girlfriend named by several investigative reporters.  —  Drudge just broke the story about a forthcoming National Enquirer shocker.  Granted, it's the Enquirer.
Discussion: DBKP and Right Voices
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Reid: The American people are losing  —  If this is what winning looks like, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants no part of it.  —  Tired of Republican crowing about winning on Iraq funding, the budget battle and the energy bill, Reid (D-Nev.) shot back on Tuesday afternoon.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Reid: Al Qaeda Still Winning In Iraq  —  Harry Reid doesn't know when to give up, or more precisely, when to give up on giving up.  After spending the last several months trying to live down his declaration of America's defeat in Iraq on the Senate floor, Reid once again gave al-Qaeda …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee Adviser Clarifies Remark About Homosexuality And Necrophilia: They're Both "Aberrant Behavior," But They're At "Opposite Ends Of The Spectrum"  —  By Greg Sargent - December 18, 2007, 4:57PM  —  Oh, man.  One of Mike Huckabee's chief advisers has just attempted to clarify …
New York Times:
Bush Lawyers Discussed Fate of C.I.A.Tapes  —  WASHINGTON — At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions with the Central Intelligence Agency between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes showing the secret interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda …
Discussion: Balkinization
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Judge Orders Hearing on C.I.A. Tapes
Discussion: Political Machine
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Elder Bush nixes Clinton trip idea  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President George H.W. Bush has shot down his successor Bill Clinton's idea of a diplomatic mission under a Hillary Clinton presidency that would send him and other notables abroad to assure other nations that "America is open for business and cooperation again."
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Senator Chris Dodd On The FISA Victory  —  Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Chris Dodd, appeared on Tuesday's Countdown to discuss his victory on the Senate floor yesterday, by forcing an amendment to the FISA legislation that would have given retroactive immunity …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid May Punt, Extend Telecom Bill Through February
Greg Mitchell / Pressing Matters:
Gallup: Ron Paul Falling Behind....Alan Keyes?  —  While I agree that the media has been slow to cover Rep. Ron Paul's fundraising success — and I sympathize with his antiwar stance - the notion that the press is missing a true grassroots surge for Paul in the race for president is questionable.
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
THE ENQUIRER DROPS ANOTHER EDWARDS SCANDAL BOMB.  —  What to expect when you're expecting: Drudge teases the National Enquirer ... Update: The Enquirer posts the gist..... One initial point: There's no reason to conclude this story was planted by one campaign or another.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate OKs $70B for Iraq, Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate gave President Bush a big win on Iraq Tuesday night as it passed a massive $555 billion spending bill combining funding for 14 Cabinet departments with $70 billion for U.S. military operations there and in Afghanistan.
Discussion: The Grumpy Forester and RADAMISTO
Michelle Malkin:
Victory: Democrats roll over on Iraq/Afghanistan war funding …
Discussion: CNSNews and Daily Kos
Charles Paul Freund / American Spectator:
A Brutalist Bargain  —  How many dollars does it take to change a light bulb?  Well, if the defunct bulb you're replacing has been illuminating the Third Church of Christ, Scientist in downtown Washington, you could be looking at a bill of up to $8,000.  That's because unscrewing a blown bulb …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
New Fred Thompson Video: Kill.  Protect.  Punch.  —  If Fred wants to win the election, all he has to do is put this in constant rotation in Iowa and his victory would be guaranteed...or he would actually drop into last place.  One or the other.
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Marc Ambinder:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ron Paul on Huck's Christmas ad: When fascism comes, it'll come bearing a cross
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Yes, Mrs. Clinton Was There, Too  —  IN THE CLINTON HELICOPTER …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Attack ad of the day.  —  Going negative on Kant.
Spiegel Online:
Cologne Suitcase Bombers Get Long Sentences
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Let's Be Fair  —  James Taranto has provided conservative readers …
Discussion: Opinion Journal
John Scalzi / Whatever:
The Sound of a Million Elves Celebrating
David Schraub / The Moderate Voice:
This Election Is About Torture
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Once neutral, filmmaker Ken Burns picks Obama
Discussion: Obama HQ and Hot Air
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Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
BBC's censorship of The Pogues: Reader fury
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Romney Attended Planned Parenthood Fundraiser in 1994