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4:20 PM ET, December 19, 2007


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gateway Pundit
Fire hits building next door to White House  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Firefighters battled thick smoke and flames Wednesday inside the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the White House, which houses the vice president's ceremonial offices.
Associated Press:
Fire controlled at White House compound  —  WASHINGTON - Thick black smoke billowed from a fire Wednesday in Vice President Dick Cheney's suite of offices in the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.  —  Cheney's office was damaged by smoke and water from fire hoses …
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
A Real Edwards Surge  —  Is John Edwards's surge a media-created phenomenon, a collective reaction formation to the media's desire to see a three-person race, or guilt for building up Barack Obama?  Does the media really have that power?  —  Or are we seeing something more organic?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Salon
Matthew Yglesias:   Rorschach  —  Kevin Drum yesterday noted that “The Democratic primary …
Paul Krugman:   Interesting Obama history
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
For Clinton, A Matter of Fair Media  —  Senator's Camp Insists That the Press Holds Her To a Tougher Standard  —  After weeks of bad news, Hillary Clinton and her strategists hoped that winning the endorsement of Iowa's largest newspaper last weekend might produce a modest bump in their media coverage.
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 …
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 …
National Review:
Free Steyn  —  Our readers know Mark Steyn well.  His witty and learned commentary appears in every issue of National Review, and in many other English publications across the world.  What Steyn's American readers may not know is that a Muslim advocacy group in his native Canada is doing its best to muzzle him.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Donna J. Miller / Cleveland Metro News:
Dennis Kucinich's 52-year-old brother found dead  —  Perry Kucinich, 52, was found dead in his home in the 4100 block of East 71st Street.  —  His brother Larry found him about 9 a.m. There were no signs of violence, officials said.  The Cuyahoga County Coroner is performing an autopsy this hour.
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Der Rocketführer / Sadly, No!:
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Discussion: Crooked Timber and I Am TRex
Michelle Malkin:
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Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Military lawyers stay unbridled
Discussion: Think Progress
United States Senator:
Democrat Speed Reading: 3,417 Pages, 46 Hours and 8 Minutes
Discussion: Redstate
Anne Thompson / Campaign for America's Future:
Byron York / The Corner:
What Huckabee Really Means  —  Mike Huckabee was on the “Today” show this morning.
Discussion: Power Line
David Frum / The National Interest:
Foggy Bloggom  —  MY NAME is David Frum, and I am a blogger.
Matthew Yglesias:
But Did They Get Royalties  —  Torture is no laughing matter …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Glazer / Burnt Orange Report:
What Dan Barrett's Victory Means for Texas
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Anne Thompson / Variety:
MPAA rejects Gibney's ‘Dark’ poster
USA Today:
Strategy that is making Iraq safer was snubbed for years
David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Prosecutor: Argentina bombings ordered by Iran
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
2,600 Pages of Clinton Records Withheld
Washington Post:
Iraq Funds Approved In Senate Budget Bill
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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