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9:35 AM ET, December 19, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
How Many Degrees Of Separation?  —  Blogosphere buzz today centers on a Drudge story regarding alleged marital infidelity for a major contender in the Democratic presidential primaries.  The story comes from the National Enquirer, so the reliability of the information seems rather debatable.
Discussion: Immodest Proposals
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.
NY Daily News:   Bill Clinton seen as upstaging Hillary
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:   Yes, Mrs. Clinton Was There, Too  —  IN THE CLINTON HELICOPTER …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Hard-liners for Jesus  —  As Christians across the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it's a fitting moment to contemplate the mountain of moral, and mortal, hypocrisy that is our Christianized Republican Party.  —  There's nothing new, of course, about the Christianization of the GOP.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Stop The ACLU
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Huckabee, Giuliani tied in 2008 Republican race
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Adi Ignatius / Time:
Person of the Year: Vladimir Putin  —  A Tsar Is Born  —  No one is born with a stare like Vladimir Putin's.  The Russian President's pale blue eyes are so cool, so devoid of emotion that the stare must have begun as an affect, the gesture of someone who understood that power might be achieved …
Discussion: On Deadline and Associated Press
Richard Stengel / Time:
Choosing Order Before Freedom  —  In a year when Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize and green became the new red, white and blue; when the combat in Iraq showed signs of cooling but Baghdad's politicians showed no signs of statesmanship; when China, the rising superpower …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Disappeared Into Secret Pakistani and US Prisons  —  US reporting on General Musharraf's suspension of Pakistan's Constitution and displacement of its Supreme Court focused on Musharraf's desire to remain in office.  Musharraf also claimed the Court had undermined his fight against terrorism.
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Picture of Secret Detentions Emerges in Pakistan
Discussion: FP Passport
Washington Post:
Iowa Poll Spotlights Importance Of Turnout  —  Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York remain deadlocked in Iowa, with former senator John Edwards of North Carolina trailing, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that underscores the importance …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
No. 1 Book, and It Offers Solutions  —  In 1967, Jack Wennberg, a young medical researcher at Johns Hopkins, moved his family to a farmhouse in northern Vermont.  —  Dr. Wennberg had been chosen to run a new center based at the University of Vermont that would examine medical care in the state.
Discussion: Economist's View
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Rush to Judgment  —  One of my male colleagues was explaining why men age better than women.  —  “It's evolutionary,” he said.  “As we wear out our wives, who are running around taking care of the kids, we know we're going to have to get another younger wife, so we stay good-looking.”
Andrew Tilghman / Washington Monthly:
The Army's Other Crisis  —  Why the best and brightest young officers are leaving  —  Matt Kapinos was born into the military, at a U.S. Army hospital outside Frankfurt, Germany.  It was 1979, and his father was an Army officer, one of thousands of soldiers stationed along the plains of central Europe.
Discussion: The Newshoggers, The RBC and INTEL DUMP
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside a GOP effort to rig the 2002 New Hampshire elections  —  WASHINGTON — A former GOP political operative who ran an illegal election-day scheme to jam the phone lines of New Hampshire Democrats during the state's tight 2002 U.S. Senate election said in a new book and an interview …
Washington Post:
Iraq Funds Approved In Senate Budget Bill  —  Antiwar Democrats Rebuffed in 70-25 Vote  —  The Senate last night approved a $555 billion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, shortly after bowing to President Bush's demand for $70 billion …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Dems give up SCHIP fight until the 111th
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
None Of The Above: GOP Heading To A Brokered Convention
Bono / Time:
Al Gore  —  As 2007 closes and 2008 begins, one of the great questions …
Marc Ambinder:
First Look: Romney's “Search”
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama pals mad about mailer — from own union
David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Prosecutor: Argentina bombings ordered by Iran
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
2,600 Pages of Clinton Records Withheld
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Rupert Everett: acting in Hollywood is like living in Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
For Clinton, A Matter of Fair Media
Washington Post:
Giuliani's Kerik Woes Resurface Through Informant
Discussion: MSNBC and The Caucus
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Chief scientist in sports cars warning to women
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
A Hoax Exposed at Princeton
Marc Ambinder:
Huck = Harriett Miers?
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House to vote on $70 billion for wars
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Huckabee Adviser Clarifies Remark About Homosexuality And Necrophilia …