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1:35 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.
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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Someone Has to Win the GOP Nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads Top Republicans
Discussion: race42008.com
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Richardson Accuses Clinton of ‘Flip-Flop’ on Iraq Pullout  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa — I just got a phone call — unprompted — from Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democratic candidate for president, blasting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for saying she would withdraw nearly all American troops …
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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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama runs tight campaign ship  —  When Barack Obama met with friends and advisors in Washington late last year to begin seriously talking through a presidential campaign, he described the operation he'd like to build.  —  “He laid out his theory that, if he ran, he wanted to have a campaign …
Discussion: Open Left
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Registers Anti-Clinton Web Sites  —  Campaign Plays Semantics Over Whether Sites Are Personal Attacks  —  Though Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has pledged to keep criticisms of his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, focused on the issues, ABC News has learned that his campaign secretly registered …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Hey Obama — Who Are You Calling Desperate?
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?
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.
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Bush boxed in his congressional foes
Discussion: The Swamp and On Deadline
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney Repeatedly Met With Auto Execs Before White House Killed California's Emissions Law  —  Before EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson “answered the pleas of industry executives” by announcing his “decision to deny California the right to regulate greenhouse gases from vehicles,” …
Discussion: New York Times and Detroit News
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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
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   A Flibbertigibbet, A Will O' The Wisp, A Clown
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.
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Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Tancredo drops out, endorses Romney
Discussion: The Ruckus and MyDD
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
The “Theory of Change” Primary  —  Perhaps we are being too literal in believing that “hope” and bipartisanship are things that Obama naively believes are present and possible, when in fact they are a tactic, a method of subverting and breaking the unified conservative power structure.
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.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Putin ‘has secret $40bn fortune’  —  An unprecedented battle is taking place inside the Kremlin in advance of Vladimir Putin's departure from office, the Guardian has learned, with claims that the president presides over a secret multibillion-dollar fortune.
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.
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The triumph of legal defeatism  —  This week the IDF distributed ribbons to its soldiers and officers for their service in the war with Hizbullah in 2006.  The ribbons were a source of embarrassment.  Soldiers and officers, who like the general public view the war …
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blindly Into the Bubble  —  When announcing Japan's surrender in 1945 …
Tom Saul / Quad City Times:
Frozen fog carrying harmful particles
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:
California Gov. Schwarzenegger May Free 20,000 Inmates to Save Money
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
Pakistan bombing kills at least 50
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Hillary Who Stole Christmas
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
The Corner:
Conspiracy Theory  —  A week or so ago a reader from Arkansas wrote …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Ed Schultz Squares Off Against Mark Green
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Reid and company target the true enemy: “Dodd and his allies”
Discussion: PBD and Brian Beutler
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Belgium arrests 14 in terrorist plot
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Fred Thompson's Wife, Jeri Thompson