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2:25 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  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic presidential candidates appear to be in a dead heat in the Hawkeye State, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.  —  Thirty percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers support …
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
New York Times:
Giuliani Has Decided to Zag While the Other Candidates Zig  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Fred D. Thompson all stumped in Iowa on Wednesday, 15 days before its caucuses.  Senator John McCain campaigned in New Hampshire, 20 days before its primary.  —  And Rudolph W. Giuliani?
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.
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Kerrey apologizes to Obama for Muslim comments  —  (CNN) — Former Sen. Bob Kerrey sent a letter to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Wednesday in which he apologized for raising the issue of the Illinois senator's Muslim heritage on the campaign trail several days ago.
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Ron Paul's thought-provoking choice on racist's $$$  —  You have to hand it to Ron Paul.  Most presidential candidates who weren't running as white supremacists themselves would reflexively return a donation from a self-proclaimed racist so fast they would break speed records for financial transactions.
Megan McArdle:
Did Ron Paul “school” Ben Bernanke?
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: UP FOR GRABS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Up for grabs: While the big headlines from the latest national NBC/WSJ poll are Giuliani's 13-point decline (from 33% last month to 20% now) and Huck's nine-point gain (from 8% to 17%) …
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.
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 …
The Corner:
Steyn's Accusers Speak  —  Today, the Muslim law students who have lodged a human rights complaint against Maclean's, have published an article defending themselves in Canada's National Post.  They claim to be believers in the marketplace of ideas, merely seeking a chance to respond to Mark Steyn.
Discussion: PoliGazette
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 …
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.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Buck Naked Politics
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Richardson goes candlepin bowling in NH
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Michael C. Desch / The American Conservative:
Declaring Forever War
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
The Blogosphere vs. the VSPs....Part 2
Matthew Yglesias:
Immigration Politics  —  I was reading Democracy Corps strategy …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Harry Reid's pro-life stance vs. Ron Paul's
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Jeffry Scott / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Marc Ambinder:
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Discussion: RGE Monitor and Eschaton
Michael Howard / Guardian:
Iraqis take back the streets  —  Attacks plummet as Shias join Sunnis …
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Bad Huck  —  The unhinged correspondence of Mike Huckabee.
Dareh Gregorian / New York Post:
Micah Zenko / Washington Post:
A Nuclear Site Is Breached