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12:15 AM ET, December 20, 2007


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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.
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.
Tom Tancredo / You Decide 08!:
TOM TANCREDO TO DROP OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE  —  Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo plans to drop out of the race during an announcement Thursday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, GOP sources close to the campaign have told FOX News.  —  Tancredo, who has aggressively pushed …
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
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. to Cooperate With House on Tapes
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Fire Breaks Out on White House Grounds
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and On Deadline
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.
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Does Harry Reid Need a Psychiatrist?
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
An Astonishing Turnaround on Iraq  —  An astonishing turnaround occurred in the Senate on Tuesday: 70 senators voted to fund the Iraq war with a fresh $70 billion and no strings attached.  Think about this a moment.  Last winter, after Democrats captured the Senate and House …
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Dems frustrated as House OKs $70 billion for wars
Discussion: Truthdig
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Hillary's unintentionally revealing Christmas ad  —  My jaw dropped when I watched this one the first time.  Hillary's Christmas ad says nothing at all about Christmas.  The gifts make the connection, of course, but check out what the gifts are: universal health care, bring the troops home, etc.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Did Huckabee Have Gastric Bypass Surgery?  —  Zogby says that we're in the middle of a Huckaboom — they find that Mike Huckabee is within 1 point of Giuliani in the national polls.  Whether the Zogby poll is an outlier or not, Huckabee's surge over the past two months has been remarkable …
Discussion: TalkLeft
George Merritt / Associated Press:
Tancredo to abandon presidential bid  —  DENVER - Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, whose forceful opposition to illegal immigration vaulted him to national prominence, plans to announce he is abandoning his long-shot bid for the presidency, a person close to Tancredo said Wednesday.
New York Times:
E.P.A. Says 17 States Can't Set Emission Rules for Cars  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied California and 16 other states the right to set their own standards for carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.  —  The E.P.A. administrator, Stephen L. Johnson …
Discussion: Gristmill and Economist's View
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Attacks John Edwards For Remembering Homeless Vets In Holiday Ad  —  On Wednesday's Tucker, the hopefully soon to be unemployed host gets riled up because Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, had the nerve to mention homeless veterans and those less fortunate in his holiday ad.
Mark Finkelstein /
Huckabee Iowa Manager: ‘War on Terror a Theological War’  —  Mike Huckabee might want to “revise and extend” the remarks of his Iowa campaign manager.  Appearing on this evening's Tucker on MSNBC, Bob Vander Plaats stated that “we're fighting a radical religion in Islam” and that “the war on terror is a theological war.”
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 …
The Official IMAO Republican Primary Endorsement  —  IMAO has long been a revered conservative institution, and we thought it would be neglectfully of us not to weigh in on who the Republicans should nominate for president.  Surveys show that most Republicans are not certain of their current choice …
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CBS News:
Candidates Offer Views On Infidelity
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The Corner:
Curious Huck  —  Mike Huckabee is now becoming a very divisive figure …
Discussion: Hot Air
Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:
Now Playing at Christopher Hitchens Says Bah, Humbug to Christmas
Adi Ignatius / Time:
A Tsar Is Born
Tom Firey / Cato-at-liberty:
A Moment of Idiocy, of Real Idiocy
Brian Young / Roadblock Republicans:
And Who Says the Republicans Never Accomplish Anything?
Discussion: Senate 2008 Guru
Deacon / Power Line:
MORE MUSH FROM THE HUCK  —  This was Mike Huckabee's comment …
Discussion: The Corner
David Stout / New York Times:
Congress Votes to Spare Millions From Alternative Tax
Discussion: On Deadline
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
It's A Wonderful Life
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Goldy / HorsesAss.Org:
10 percent of toys test unsafe for lead
Discussion: Group News Blog and Open Left
Der Rocketführer / Sadly, No!:
And Now, Your Daily Liberal Fascism Moment of Zen [Updated x2]
Discussion: Crooked Timber and I Am TRex
Michelle Malkin:
Incandescent stupidity: Washington outlaws 100-watt lightbulbs
Anne Thompson / Campaign for America's Future:
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
“Mitt Romney...Helped Save My Daughter”
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Torture Tapes are the Watergate of Our Times