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12:50 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Someone Has to Win the GOP Nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads Top Republicans
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Hey Obama — Who Are You Calling Desperate?
Marc Ambinder:
Jabbing At Hillary  —  First, Barack Obama, speaking last night …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   A Flibbertigibbet, A Will O' The Wisp, A Clown
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Registers Anti-Clinton Web Sites
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama runs tight campaign ship
Discussion: Open Left
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
Discussion: On Deadline
New York Times:
Republican Unity Trumps Democratic Momentum
Discussion: TIME
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Congressional Dems Want Surrender On Surrender
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: Hot Air and A Blog For All
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.
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Tancredo drops out, endorses Romney
Discussion: The Ruckus and MyDD
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.
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.
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.
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
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: PBD and Brian Beutler
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.
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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
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
Chris Vaughn / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
1st Cavalry home for holidays
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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
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Hillary's Crap Ad Made Better
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Luke Harding / Guardian:
Putin ‘has secret $40bn fortune’