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4:15 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’  —  In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Democrats in a dead heat in Iowa
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Tancredo drops out, endorses Romney  —  DES MOINES — After claiming credit for pushing the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront, Tom Tancredo dropped out of the race and threw his support to Mitt Romney here today.  —  While noting that he doesn't completely share Romney's views …
Discussion: The Swamp
Jason Pulliam / Des Moines Register:
Tancredo drops out, endorses Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee: Romney's campaign in ‘desperate position’
David Keene / The Hill:   The Flavor of the Month  —  Having just returned from Iowa …
Frank James / The Swamp:   Huckabee: Romney's ‘desperate’ and ‘dishonest’
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 …
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
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Now the Okie Napoleon is banning ‘Christmas’ (UPDATED!)  —  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 …
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.
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
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.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
To Be or Huckabee  —  The Republican party's question.  —  SINCE MIKE HUCKABEE's meteoric rise in the polls, questions regarding his gravitas have dogged the latest Man from Hope.  Oh sure, he can toss out witticisms with the best of them and he's as likable a politician as we've seen in decades …
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
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.
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 …
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
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Mark Mooney / Political Radar:
Obama Says He'd Consider Arnold For His Cabinet
Discussion: Open Left and Calitics
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
Foster's Daily Democrat:
Rudy Giuliani is our choice in the GOP
Discussion: Ross Douthat and The Corner
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The '70s Hit Parade
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 Blogometer
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
The Blogosphere vs. the VSPs....Part 2
Jeffry Scott / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cynthia McKinney announces presidential bid
Marc Ambinder:
A Huckabee Ally On El Rushbo
Discussion: Redstate
Torture house, mass graves discovered in Iraq
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Ron Paul's thought-provoking choice on racist's $$$
Michael Howard / Guardian:
Iraqis take back the streets  —  Attacks plummet as Shias join Sunnis …
Tucson Citizen:
Crackdown has illegal immigrants leaving Arizona
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Bad Huck  —  The unhinged correspondence of Mike Huckabee.