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8:35 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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Washington Post:
Poll: Iowa's GOP Race is Battle Between Huckabee, Romney  —  The race for Iowa's Republican caucuses has narrowed to a two-person battle between former governors Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and Mitt Romney (Mass.), with Huckabee now perched atop the field, propelled by a big jump in support among religious women.
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John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Loses Lead In Republican Race  —  Ex-Mayor Is Tied With Romney In National Poll of Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani has lost his national lead in the Republican presidential race, creating the party's most competitive nomination fight in decades just two weeks before voting starts.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
CBS News:
Poll: Huckabee Leads, Dems Tied In S.C.  —  GOP Hopeful Huckabee Propelled By Evangelicals, While Clinton And Obama Experience “Reverse Gender Gap"  —  (CBS) One month before the first votes are cast in South Carolina, a new CBS News poll finds Republican Mike Huckabee with a comfortable …
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
NY Times changes CIA headline for WH  —  The New York Times has changed the subheadline in Wednesday's front-page story on the CIA's destruction of secret interrogation tapes, following a formal request by the White House.  —  The correction has already been made online …
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
White House asks NYT to remove sub-headline from CIA tape story  —  The White House on Wednesday took the rare step of publicly asking The New York Times to change the sub-headline of a story on the destruction of CIA tapes showing the interrogations of suspected terrorists.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Tell-Tale Stall  —  The best indicator of how seriously this White House is involved in a political scandal may be how emphatically it refuses to comment.  —  By that standard, the CIA's destruction of its torture tapes is shaping up to be a doozy of a White House story.
National Enquirer:
UPDATE: NATIONAL ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD SCANDAL!  —  Presidential candidate John Edwards is caught up in a love child scandal, a blockbuster ENQUIRER investigation has discovered.  —  The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Rielle Hunter, a woman linked to Edwards …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Tancredo to get out?  —  Tom Tancredo has scheduled a press conference in Des Moines tomorrow afternoon to make a “major announcement regarding the campaign,” according to a media advisory his campaign sent out today.  —  Asked whether Tancredo intended to drop out of the race …
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Tom Tancredo / You Decide 08!:
TOM TANCREDO TO DROP OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Discussion: Tammy Bruce, Marc Ambinder and Salon
Paul Krugman:
Interesting Obama history  —  I've been alerted to an interesting Boston Globe article about Barack Obama's role, when he was in the Illinois legislature, in the attempt to get the state committed to universal health care.  It turns out that the story very much prefigures the debates we're having right now.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Fred Thompson: Lazy as charged  —  WAVERLY, Iowa — When is retail politics not retail politics?  When candidates refuse to get off their big buses and go do it.  —  Fred Thompson rolled into this small town on the Cedar River in north-central Iowa on a giant brown bus Tuesday.
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 …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Man of the Year Should Have Been Petraeus
MeMeMeMeMe / Little Green Footballs:
Fire in Cheney's Office Causes Leftists to Rant Uncontrollably  —  There was a fire in Dick Cheney's office this morning, and as usual the leftist blogosphere is brimming over with lunatic ranting.  —  At Think Progress, the Morlocks who inhabit their comments are sure this is a ploy to cover up the destroying of documents.
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Reid's Relationship With Bush Enters Deep Freeze  —  WASHINGTON — Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has called President Bush a loser and a liar and has referred to him derisively as King George.  Mr. Reid has also apologized — but only, he likes to point out, for the “loser” line.
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Does Harry Reid Need a Psychiatrist?
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
“Mitt Romney...Helped Save My Daughter”  —  At first blush, this seems like a genuinely great campaign ad — the story of how Mitt Romney basically closed down his business, Bain Capital, in 1996 when the daughter of one of his partners went missing in New York City and Romney sent dozens …
Byron York / The Corner:
What Huckabee Really Means  —  Mike Huckabee was on the “Today” show this morning.  Meredith Viera asked him to react to Rich's remark that nominating Huckabee would be suicide for the Republican party.  Huckabee began with his standard line about how he is not part of the “Wall Street-to-Washington axis, this corridor of power.”
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Deacon / Power Line:   MORE MUSH FROM THE HUCK  —  This was Mike Huckabee's comment …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Krugman Dogged By Rumor That His Son Works For Hillary  —  Regular readers of this site will recognize that this headline is a tongue-in-cheek one, I hope.  But as it happens, Krugman is being dogged by such a rumor, though it happens to be false.  —  Over at Election Central …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Torture Tapes are the Watergate of Our Times  —  As I write these words on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 19, high- and low-level officials of the Bush administration involved in torture, and the destruction of the torture tapes, are consulting their criminal lawyers as The New York Times reports …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
All Iraqi Groups Blame U.S. Invasion for Discord, Study Shows  —  Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see the departure of “occupying forces” as the key to national reconciliation …
 
 
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David Stout / New York Times:
Congress Votes to Spare Millions From Alternative Tax
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Slave labour that shames America
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Paul To Keep Supremacist Donation
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