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12:20 AM ET, December 22, 2007


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The Corner:
RE: Bye, Bye Mike  —  Regarding that Huckabee advisor's soon-to-be-regretted comments about Limbaugh, Huckabee actually encourages people in his book From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPs to Restoring America's Greatness to “listen to less talk radio” as part of his “12 Action Steps to STOP Being Cynical.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Campaign Spot:
Rush Limbaugh's First Shots at Huckabee  —  So everybody and their brother is listening to Rush today, wondering if he'll take a shot at Huckabee after an unnamed Huckabee aide in DC criticized Limbaugh...  The first comment, moments into the show: “You want to whine like Mike Huckabee's whining …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rush goes nuclear on Huckabee?  Update: Audio added  —  Bryan's headline yesterday said it all.  Geraghty has a list of choice quotes from today's tirade — “McCain's starting to look better to than this guy, and that's saying something” jumps out — but the partial transcript suggests …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bringing A Water Pistol To A Firefight  —  The title has the most apt analogy, because while going after Rush Limbaugh makes sense for the Democratic presidential candidates, “bringing a knife to a gunfight” doesn't begin to describe the foolishness of a Republican candidate trying the same strategy.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   The impact of Rush's attack on Huck
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee, Limbaugh, Saltsman, York And I
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Huckabee Forces Attack El Rushbo
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Witnesses recall Romney-MLK march  —  Shirley Basore, 72, says she was sitting in the hairdresser's chair in wealthy Grosse Pointe, Mich., back in 1963 when a rumpus started and she discovered that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her governor, George Romney, were marching for civil rights — right past the window.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Learns That ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’  —  FORT DODGE, Iowa — There was the period last spring when Mitt Romney claimed while campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire that he had been a hunter “pretty much all my life,” only to have to admit later he had seriously hunted on only two occasions.
Deacon / Power Line:
THE “SCANDAL” THAT'S RIDICULOUS … That claim is incontestable. … The AP story is titled: Romney backpedals on statements — again. … Via Hugh Hewitt.
Jeremy Dibbell / The Moderate Voice:
Depends on What the Meaning of the Word “Saw” Is, eh Mitt?
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Caucus
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Polls: Obama Tied In New Hampshire And Would Outpoll Clinton Nationally  —  Is it a sign that direct and apparent “surrogate” attacks from New York Senator Hillary Clinton's camp have backfired?  Perhaps...  Two new polls bring continued good news for Illinois Senator Barack Obama …
USA Today:
USA TODAY / Gallup poll
New York Times:
Persuasive Huckabee Changed a State, His Way  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In more than a decade of presiding over this state, Mike Huckabee produced a legacy like few other Republican governors in the South, surprising even liberal Democrats with his willingness to upend some of Arkansas's more parochial traditions.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Leap of Faith  —  Mike Huckabee and Little Rock ethics.
Tucker Carlson / The New Republic:
Pimp My Ride  —  On the road with Ron Paul's merry band of misfits and his hooker fan club.  —  The first thing I learned from driving around Nevada with Ron Paul for a couple of days: People really hate the Federal Reserve.  This became clear midway through a speech Paul was giving …
Steve Chaggaris / CBS News:
Huckabee: Gitmo Is “Too Nice”  —  From CBS News' Joy Lin and Mary Hood:  —  DAVENPORT, IA - Asked about Guantanamo, Mike Huckabee said he had visited the facility and said it was “disappointing” that military personnel were eating meals that averaged $1.60 while the detainees were eating Halal meals that cost over $4 each.
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Abandon Effort to Set Up Big Rescue Fund  —  Treasury Backed Idea As Response to Crisis; Boost From Foreigners  —  One of the federal government's signature efforts to ease financial instability caused by the subprime-mortgage crisis collapsed as the nation's three biggest banks gave …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Huck talks religion, tolerance, morality  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  ON THE ROAD, IA — In a gaggle with reporters aboard his campaign bus, Huckabee elaborated on his response to a man from Marshalltown, IA, who had expressed concern that only Christians would be attended to by a Huckabee White House.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Tucker: John Edwards Can't Be President, His House Is Too Big  —  MSNBC claims to have a great political line up, yet they continue to allow feckless Tucker Carlson to darken their network.  To show just how low the bar can be lowered, Tucker decides that John Edwards' large house makes for good political discussion.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Post:
IMUS RIPS NOT-SO-BRAVE BROKAW  —  THE friendship between Don Imus and Tom Brokaw is over.  —  “He [Brokaw] is not the most courageous person I've ever met in my life,” Imus told his listeners on Wednesday.  “He's not the guy I'd want to be in a foxhole with.”
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Bush can all but close the earmarks favor factory with the stroke …
Dana Ford / Guardian Unlimited home:
Tent city in suburbs is cost of U.S. home crisis
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee's Courting of the Far, Far right
Discussion: The Ruckus
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Huckabee's ‘preaching to the choir’ draws more conservative criticism
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bay Buchanan's World Is A Scary Place.
Kevin Naff / Washington Blade:
Gay voters are right to feel reluctant about Clinton's bid …
Ulf Gartzke / Weekly Standard:
Serious Threat of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism in Germany
Joseph C. Wilson / The Huffington Post:
The Real Hillary I Know — and the Unreal Obama
 Earlier Items: 
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Despite Crises, Spending Rose 1.1% in November
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Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Scientists doubt climate change
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blindly Into the Bubble  —  When announcing Japan's surrender in 1945 …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Hillary Who Stole Christmas
Byron York / The Corner:
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