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11:45 AM 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.
Associated Press:
Huckabee Surges, Giuliani Plummets  —  By The Associated Press - 13 hours ago  —  THE RACE: The presidential race for Republicans in Michigan.  —  ___  —  THE NUMBERS — REPUBLICANS  —  Mitt Romney, 21 percent  —  Mike Huckabee, 19 percent  —  Rudy Giuliani, 12 percent  —  John McCain, 10 percent
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The secret to Mike Huckabee's success
CNN Political Ticker:   Obama hits Clinton on electability
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Flibbertigibbet, A Will O' The Wisp, A Clown  —  How do you solve a problem like Bill Clinton?  Eugene Robinson wonders whether it wouldn't be easier to keep a wave upon the sand than to try to shoehorn him into a ceremonial post as First Spouse.  Bill already acts as though the campaign exists …
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
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: New York Times and On Deadline
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Ed Schultz Squares Off Against Mark Green  —  Air America Radio President Mark Green and progressive talk show host Ed Schultz (whose show appears on some Air America affiliates as well as on their XM Radio channel) went toe to toe on Hillary Clinton's whisper campaign against Barack Obama on Thursday's Hardball.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Clinton surrogates throw the jabs
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Judicializing Warfare  —  The folly of pretending that wars …
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Michael Yon:
One Step Forward  —  British soldiers from “4 Rifles” have been heartily welcomed home.
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney never saw father on King march
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Live Updates on Demolition Vote from Council Chambers
Chris Vaughn / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
1st Cavalry home for holidays
Discussion: The Corner
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
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Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
U.S. Asks High Court to Nix ‘Speech-or-Debate’ Ruling
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Troops Capture ‘Special Groups’ Leader, Release Detainees
Hillary's Crap Ad Made Better
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Huckabee's Faith-Based Views Find Critics, Fans in Both Parties
Discussion: The Caucus and Norwegianity
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Weakest of Denials  —  At a year-end press conference …
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Putin ‘has secret $40bn fortune’