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6:15 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.
New York Times:
Obama's Vote in Illinois Was Often Just ‘Present’
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Democrats in a dead heat in Iowa
The Politico:
McCain responds to Drudge  —  On Thursday, John McCain responded to an unsubstantiated story on the Drudge Report about whether he did legislative favors for a lobbyist, and alleging his campaign was trying to convince The New York Times to spike a story on the topic.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Discussion: Eschaton and Crooked Timber
Jason Pulliam / Des Moines Register:
Tancredo drops out, endorses Romney  —  U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo announced today he's ending his long-shot bid for the White House.  —  The Colorado Republican made his exit from the race official at a press conference this afternoon in downtown Des Moines.  He'll throw his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, he said.
Tom Tancredo / You Decide 08!:
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Thompson is running low on options
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Now the Okie Napoleon is banning ‘Christmas’ (UPDATED!)  (AND CONFIRMED)  —  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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Oklahoma Cancels Christmas (Update: No They Didn't)
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
WHAT IF THIS ELECTION ISN'T ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY?  —  I want to put into conversation two fascinating new pieces of journalism: First, Matt Bai's New York Times Magazine piece on how the legacy of Clintonism is playing out in the Democratic primary, and second, a TPM Election Central interview …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The '70s Hit Parade
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Mitticisms: “Martin Luther King”
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 …
Marc Morano /
U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007  —  Senate Report Debunks “Consensus"  —  Complete U.S. Senate Report Now Available: (LINK)  —  Complete Report without Introduction: (LINK)  —  INTRODUCTION:
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday reception at the White House as much as Laura and I enjoyed it.  We took an inventory of the silverware, and this year only a few pieces were missing — so, like, if you see Gregory, tell him to bring them back.
Mark Mooney / Political Radar:
Obama Says He'd Consider Arnold For His Cabinet  —  ABC's Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama has often said he'd consider putting Repbulicans in his cabinet and even bandied about names like Sens. Dick Lugar and Chuck Hagel.  He's a added a new name to the list of possible Republicans cabinet members - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and Calitics
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 …
Michael Yon:
General Barry R McCaffrey Report  —  Adjunct Professor of International Affairs … SUBJECT: After Action Report—General Barry R McCaffrey USA (Ret)  —  VISIT IRAQ AND KUWAIT 5-11 DECEMBER 2007  —  1. PURPOSE: … 2. SOURCES:  —  1.)  ADM William (Fox) Fallon USN …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sophie Borland / Telegraph:
Archbishop says nativity ‘a legend’  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a 'legend'.  —  Dr Rowan Williams has claimed there was little evidence that the Magi even existed and there was certainly nothing to prove there were three of them or that they were kings.
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton Touts International Experience
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Blocks Vote on FEC Nominees
Smith stirs up a Lott of confusion
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Hoyer, just say the words!  —  Here's Steny Hoyer's response …
Discussion: CNN and The Ruckus
Megan McArdle:
But gas costs so much at the pump! …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Brian Beutler
Discussion: The Corner and Ross Douthat
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TALK, BUT DON'T TRUST.  —  I'd like to believe, as Joe Klein does …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
The Law of Unintended Consequences & The Great Huckaboom Freak-Out
Discussion: Power Line and Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
The Blogosphere vs. the VSPs....Part 2
Matthew Yglesias:
Welcome to America  —  Via Andrew Sullivan, a young Icelandic …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee: Romney's campaign in ‘desperate position’
The Corner:
Steyn's Accusers Speak
Discussion: National Post and PoliGazette
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Baptists Not on Board  —  When Mike Huckabee went to Houston …
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.