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3:15 PM ET, December 20, 2007


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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Launches Obama Attack Web Sites  —  Clinton Campaign Registered Names of Two Web Sites to Attack Ill. Senator  —  ABC News has learned that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has registered the names of two Web sites with the express goal of attacking her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Democrats in a dead heat in Iowa
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Al-Qaeda Philosopher: Zawahiri Is A Snitch
Drudge Report:
MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY  —  Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned …
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Romney fields questions on King  —  Campaign says claim not literal  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he watched his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, in a 1960s civil rights march in Michigan with Martin Luther King Jr.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Now the Okie Napoleon is banning ‘Christmas’  —  Oklahoma attorney general Drew Edmondson drew national scorn earlier this year when he arrested Paul Jacob of the Sam Adams Alliance and Citizens in Charge, and two colleagues on trumped-up charges that they violated a discredited state law requiring …
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee: Romney's campaign in ‘desperate position’  —  IOWA (CNN) — Republican Mike Huckabee is going on the offensive in response to presidential rival Mitt Romney's latest attack: that as Arkansas governor, he was too lenient on the state's criminals.  —  At Iowa campaign stops Wednesday …
David Keene / The Hill:   The Flavor of the Month  —  Having just returned from Iowa …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Baptists Not on Board  —  When Mike Huckabee went to Houston on Tuesday to raise funds for his fast-rising, money-starved presidential candidacy, a luncheon for the ordained Baptist minister was arranged by evangelical Christians.  On hand was Judge Paul Pressler, a hero to Southern Baptist Convention reformers.
Michael C. Desch / The American Conservative:
Declaring Forever War  —  Giuliani has surrounded himself with advisors who think the Bush Doctrine didn't go nearly far enough.  —  Like most Americans, I knew little about Rudolph Giuliani, save that he had been the very successful mayor of New York City catapulted to iconic status …
Matthew Yglesias:
Welcome to America  —  Via Andrew Sullivan, a young Icelandic woman recounts her experiences with the new home of the free: … You see, in 1995 she overstayed a visa for three weeks.  I remember standing in the Reykjavik airport on a security line with my shoes off, held in my left hand …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
MCCARTHY VS. AUSTER ON WHETHER GIULIANI'S BEHAVIOR DISQUALIFIES HIM FOR THE PRESIDENCY  —  This past February I posted an entry about Andrew McCarthy's support for Giuliani.  In that thread I quoted what Giuliani' lawyer Raoul Felder said on Mother's Day 2001.
Discussion: The Corner and Ross Douthat
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Tom Tancredo's exit  —  Update 3:03pm Eastern.  Tancredo speaks.  Despite his warning about the clear and present danger of open borders, his message “has fallen on deaf ears in the highest office of the land."  He's ecstatic about the fact that great progress has been made during his presidential campaign.
Torture house, mass graves discovered in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Coalition forces found 26 bodies buried in mass graves and a bloodstained “torture complex,” with chains hanging from walls and ceilings and a bed connected to an electrical system, the military said Wednesday.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TALK, BUT DON'T TRUST.  —  I'd like to believe, as Joe Klein does, that America's corporations will make this the year that they finally support universal health reform.  But I wouldn't bet an extraordinary amount of money on the prospect.  For instance: Though the NFIB has been making conciliatory noises …
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Megan McArdle:
But gas costs so much at the pump! …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Brian Beutler
Foster's Daily Democrat:
Rudy Giuliani is our choice in the GOP
Bush, Maliki Break Iraqi Law to Renew U.N. Mandate for Occupation
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The '70s Hit Parade
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Seven candidates to receive matching funds
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Michael Yon:
General Barry R McCaffrey Report
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
The Blogosphere vs. the VSPs....Part 2
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: ABC's Chris Cuomo plays the race card with Barack Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Harry Reid's pro-life stance vs. Ron Paul's
Jeffry Scott / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cynthia McKinney announces presidential bid
The Corner:
Steyn's Accusers Speak
Discussion: PoliGazette
Marc Ambinder:
A Huckabee Ally On El Rushbo
Discussion: Redstate
MBIA Bond Risk Soars on $8.1 Billion CDO Disclosure
Discussion: RGE Monitor and Eschaton
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Ron Paul's thought-provoking choice on racist's $$$
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Bad Huck  —  The unhinged correspondence of Mike Huckabee.