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11:25 PM ET, December 20, 2007


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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 …
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:
HALPERIN'S TAKE ON DRUDGE AND THE ENDGAME  —  As he does almost every day, Matt Drudge is posting political items on his Drudge Report website, including a marquee one about John McCain and an alleged attempt by the senator to squelch a New York Times story.  During the electoral endgame, Drudge's vast influence becomes even greater.
The Corner:
To See Or Not To See  —  There's a bit of controversy brewing today over Mitt Romney — apparently the Boston Phoenix and the Detroit Free Press are reporting that Romney's father George, the former Governor of Michigan never actually marched with Martin Luther King Jr. as had been previously claimed.
Discussion: and The Caucus
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Romney fields questions on King
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Mitticisms: “Martin Luther King”
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.
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:
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.
Agence France Presse:
Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.  —  “We are no longer citizens …
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.
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.
Michael Duffy / Time:
Is Giuliani Facing Free Fall?  —  Campaign restarts are popular items this season, and last Saturday, in case you missed it, Rudy Giuliani tried to restart his unconventional presidential campaign with an inspirational speech in Florida about overcoming adversity.  “I've met adversity before,” Giuliani said.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Another Iowa Poll Shows Deadlocked Race
Discussion: Open Left
Beldar /
I'm With Fred  —  I. Why now?  —  There has never been, nor will there be, any question that I will vote against the Democratic Party's 2008 nominee for president.  And because I don't care to waste my vote on a protest, it will be cast for the GOP's nominee, whoever that turns out to be.
Discussion: Fred File
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Thompson is running low on options
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
POSSIBLE DELISTING?  —  Earlier this afternoon, I pointed out the beginning of the run on the Rudy contract at the key political betting/prediction sites.  —  That was a bit after noon.  He's fallen like another five points since that post.  Current price is 27.3.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Business As Usual On The Border  —  The reliably thoughtful Andrew Sullivan delivers his perspective on the awful story of a Noridc would-be tourist: … Matt Yglesias joins in: … So, this incident from Cheney's America reads like an Eastern European country in the 70's?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Blocks Vote on FEC Nominees  —  Is it the end for Hans von Spakovsky?  —  From what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on the Senate floor last night, it appears so.  Given the ongoing opposition to Spakovsky by Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) …
Jonathan Berr / Political Machine:
Enquirer Editor Defends Edwards Story  —  I n an interview with Political Machine, National Enquirer Editor-in-Chief David Perel called the tabloid's story about the John Edwards love child as “one of the Enquirer's greatest political scoops” and denied that the story was leaked by a rival campaign.
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