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12:30 PM ET, December 21, 2007


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USA Today:
Poll: Obama makes gains, is even with Clinton in N.H.  —  PELHAM, N.H. — Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are locked in a dead heat among New Hampshire voters in a statewide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, underscoring the volatility of the race less than three weeks before the nation's first primary.
USA Today:
USA TODAY / Gallup poll  —  Results are based on interviews with 477 New Hampshire residents deemed most likely to vote in the Republican primary .  The results for Section II are based on interviews with 510 New Hampshire residents deemed most likely to vote in the Democratic primary.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A Problem Like Bill  —  Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she's eager to take charge as president on “day one."  Apparently, though, so is Bill.  —  Before the Clinton campaign's recent shift to themes of warmth and approachability …
Discussion: Fausta's blog and Betsy's Page
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   A Flibbertigibbet, A Will O' The Wisp, A Clown
Marc Ambinder:
Jabbing At Hillary  —  First, Barack Obama, speaking last night …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Sarah Liebowitz /
Bill Clinton: Hillary has resilience
The Politico:
Dem leaders pressured to alter war strategy  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite their pledges to continue pushing to end the war in Iraq, face growing pressure from their rank-and-file Democrats to focus more attention on domestic, “pocketbook” issues in the upcoming election year.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Bush boxed in his congressional foes  —  HALCYON DAY: Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) at the opening of the 110th Congress in January.  Over the course of a year, President Bush used his veto and a core of loyal Republicans to substantially limit gains by the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
Discussion: On Deadline
New York Times:
Republican Unity Trumps Democratic Momentum
Discussion: TIME
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Congressional Dems Want Surrender On Surrender
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hasta La Vista  —  Tom Tancredo is an angry man.  —  We know this because he has proposed dropping bombs on Mecca.  We know this because he sang “Dixie” at a South Carolina gathering full of Confederate flags and white supremacists.  And we know this because he wants to expel 12 million people now living in the United States.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Someone Has to Win the GOP Nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads Top Republicans
Byron York / The Corner:
Why Isn't Anyone Paying Attention to This?  —  This was not exactly bannered across the front page of the New York Times yesterday.  As a matter of fact, I don't think I saw it in my paper at all.  But on the Times' website, dated December 20, there is this headline: “Giuliani's Office Shifted Money Around?
Discussion: A Blog For All
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hey Obama — Who Are You Calling Desperate?  —  Big, big questions abound in the Democratic Presidential primary today.  Such as: Exactly what, or who, is the Obama campaign calling “desperate” with the new Website they launched today?  —  This morning the news broke that the Obama camp …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Registers Anti-Clinton Web Sites
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney never saw father on King march  —  Defends figurative words; evidence contradicts story  —  Mitt Romney acknowledged yesterday that he never saw his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. as he asserted in a nationally televised speech this month, and historical evidence shows …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
American Pastoral  —  Mike Huckabee preaches to the choir, but not everyone's singing along.  —  I didn't see the famous floating cross.  What I saw when I watched Mike Huckabee's Christmas commercial was a nice man in a sweater sitting next to a brightly lit tree.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Spending Bills Still Stuffed With Earmarks  —  Democrats Had Vowed To Curtail Pet Projects  —  Twice in the past two years, Alaska lawmakers lost congressional earmarks to build two “bridges to nowhere” costing hundreds of millions of dollars after Congress was embarrassed by public complaints …
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Belgium arrests 14 in terrorist plot  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.  —  Extra police were deployed across …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Fred Thompson's Wife, Jeri Thompson  —  Yesterday, I got together with Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri Thompson, for a phone interview as she traveled around Iowa.  Unfortunately, near the end of the interview, while she was running low on time, she hit a bad cell.
Little Green Footballs:
Ron Paul's Photo-Op with Stormfront  —  An LGF reader emailed this photograph, showing Ron Paul at the Values Voters Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale on September 17, 2007.  Immediately to Paul's left: Don Black, the owner of neo-Nazi hate site Stormfront.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Reid and company target the true enemy: “Dodd and his allies”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  During yesterday's chat with Washington Post Congressional reporter Paul Kane, this extremely revealing exchange occurred, regarding the view of Harry Reid and other anonymous Democrats …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Hillary Who Stole Christmas
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Agency has home-court edge in next round
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
The “Theory of Change” Primary
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
China taps into U.S. spy operations
Discussion: Commentary
The Corner:
Conspiracy Theory  —  A week or so ago a reader from Arkansas wrote …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Judicializing Warfare  —  The folly of pretending that wars …
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
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Chris Vaughn / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
1st Cavalry home for holidays
Discussion: The Corner
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Ed Schultz Squares Off Against Mark Green
Mark Clothier / Bloomberg:
Circuit City Loss Widens; Shares Plunge on Forecast
Discussion: Eschaton and Attytood
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers
Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
U.S. Asks High Court to Nix ‘Speech-or-Debate’ Ruling
Discussion: Political Machine
Hillary's Crap Ad Made Better
Discussion: Bluey Blog
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Putin ‘has secret $40bn fortune’