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10:05 AM ET, December 20, 2007


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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bob Kerrey Apologizes To Obama Over Raising Muslim “Issue”  —  I didn't mean to do it.  —  That's the gist of former Nebraska Senator and Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Kerrey's written apology to Democratic Senator Barack Obama for raising the issue of Obama's Muslim background …
Post / Washington Post:   Clinton Advisers Say Edwards Is a Threat
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton toeing the line of campaign negativity
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
An apology for Obama — again
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Heather Hollingsworth / Associated Press:
Giuliani Admitted to St. Louis Hospital … KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Rudy Giuliani was admitted to a hospital Wednesday night for flu-like symptoms, his campaign said.  —  The former New York City mayor felt the symptoms while campaining for the Republican presidential nomination in Missouri …
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Taking a Turn for the Weird  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Maybe it's the rush of pre-Christmas preparations.  Or maybe it's the effects of too many holiday parties.  But life has suddenly become very confusing on the way to the 2008 presidential election.  —  A bit over a week ago, almost everything seemed normal.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
David S. Bernstein / The Phoenix:
WAS IT ALL A DREAM?  —  EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney claims that his father marched with MLK, but the record says otherwise  —  In the most-watched speech of his political career, speaking on “Faith in America” at College Station, Texas, earlier this month, Mitt Romney evoked the strongest …
CNN Political Ticker:
Down to the wire in Iowa: Dems in a dead heat  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses and it  —  appears to be a dead heat in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination in the Hawkeye State, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Thursday morning.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Anne C. Mulkern / Denver Post:
Tancredo set to quit race  —  Immigration-reform champion failed to gain traction in presidential bid  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Tancredo plans to withdraw from the GOP presidential field today, ending a campaign in which he failed to gain much attention or traction as rivals largely adopted his long-held immigration positions.
Tom Tancredo / You Decide 08!:
Tucson Citizen:
Crackdown has illegal immigrants leaving Arizona  —  NOGALES, Sonora - It's a common scene this time of year: streams of overloaded cars, pickups and vans with U.S. license plates crossing into Mexico for the holidays.  —  Most are filled with Hispanic families from Arizona and other states …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Senior Qaeda Theologian Urges His Followers To End Their Jihad  —  WASHINGTON — One of Al Qaeda's senior theologians is calling on his followers to end their military jihad and saying the attacks of September 11, 2001, were a “catastrophe for all Muslims."  —  In a serialized manifesto written …
Powerful Iraq cleric may extend freeze on militia  —  NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is considering extending a freeze on the activities of his powerful Mehdi Army militia, his official spokesman said.  —  “Yes, there is a chance that the freeze on the Mehdi Army …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sadr May Extend Sidelining
Micah Zenko / Washington Post:
A Nuclear Site Is Breached  —  South African Attack Should Sound Alarms  —  An underreported attack on a South African nuclear facility last month demonstrates the high risk of theft of nuclear materials by terrorists or criminals.  Such a crime could have grave national security implications …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Endless Campaign  —  The Iowa caucuses are 14 days away, with the New Hampshire primary five days later.  And what follows from there won't be pretty.  The way Americans are selecting our presidential candidates in 2008 is, frankly, a mess.  —  The first problem is the overall length of the campaign.
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Official: Justice Dept. slowed probe into phone jamming  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department delayed prosecuting a key Republican official for jamming the phones of New Hampshire Democrats until after the 2004 election, protecting top GOP officials from the scandal until the voting was over.
Jeff Bater / Wall Street Journal:
Final Third-Quarter GDP Rises 4.9% As Weak Housing Offset by Spending  —  WASHINGTON — The government left untouched its estimate for economic growth during last summer, saying the pace was the strongest in four years even though housing fared worse than earlier thought.
Gay Patriot:
Sondra K-Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2008  —  When we launched the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva contest this year, we expected to have a number of blogresses nominated and seconded as we did.  So, we assumed a run-off would be necessary.  —  What we did not anticipate was the number of glitches in this year's competition.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Bad Huck  —  The unhinged correspondence of Mike Huckabee.  —  Max Brantley, the editor of the alternative weekly Arkansas Times, has feuded with Mike Huckabee since the presidential candidate first appeared on the political stage during his failed 1992 Senate run.
Discussion: New York Observer
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Clintons And Their Donors  —  The Clintons have long kept hidden …
Portsmouth Herald:
Vote for Obama in Democratic primary Jan. 8
Cate Doty / New York Times:
Thompson Picks Up the Pace Across Iowa
Washington Post:
Key Setbacks Dim Luster of Democrats' Year
Dan / Riehl World View:
Now HERE Is A Dumb Christmas Ad
Discussion: Wizbang
Michael Howard / Guardian:
Iraqis take back the streets  —  Attacks plummet as Shias join Sunnis …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Hot Air
Charles Kesler / Real Clear Politics:
Real-Deal Conservatism Missing From Race
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
To Be or Huckabee  —  The Republican party's question.
 Earlier Items: 
Rod Dreher / Real Clear Politics:
Mike Huckabee's Legacy
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Dareh Gregorian / New York Post:
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Megan McArdle:
Did Ron Paul “school” Ben Bernanke?
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Kristol, Krauthammer Are Out of Time
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA Chief Denies Calif. Limit on Auto Emissions
Discussion: Gristmill
Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
The Corner:
Curious Huck  —  Mike Huckabee is now becoming a very divisive figure …
Discussion: Hot Air and DownWithTyranny!
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Attacks John Edwards For Remembering Homeless Vets In Holiday Ad