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2:25 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.
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads Top Republicans  —  Telephone survey shows fellow Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Edwards would defeat some GOPers, lose to others  —  UTICA, New York - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama would defeat all five of the top Republicans in prospective general election contests …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Someone Has to Win the GOP Nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Gets Better  —  Here's the latest on Mitt and MLK.  Thirty years ago, Romney's version of the story was even more figurative:
Mitt Romney For President News:
Gov. George Romney And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Discussion: Power Line
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?
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Deacon / Power Line:
THE SCANDAL THAT WASN'T  —  Remember the frenzy over suggestions that, as mayor, Rudy Giuliani tried to hide his visits to Judith Nathan in the Hamptons by burying the associated security costs in the budgets of obscure mayoral agencies?  Well, the New York Times has looked deeply into the matter …
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Mike Huckabee: The anti-Limbaugh candidate
Discussion: RushLimbaugh.com and Marc Ambinder
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama runs tight campaign ship
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   Hey Obama — Who Are You Calling Desperate?
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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Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Clinton says wife a ‘world-class genius’  —  WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Former President Clinton says his wife is a “world-class genius” when it comes to improving the lives of others.  —  Clinton stuck mostly to familiar themes in two hour-long appearances Thursday, describing at length what he views as the nation's biggest challenges.
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
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
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blindly Into the Bubble  —  When announcing Japan's surrender in 1945, Emperor Hirohito famously explained his decision as follows: “The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."  —  There was a definite Hirohito feel to the explanation Ben Bernanke …
Der Rocketführer / Sadly, No!:
Journey to the Center of 20,000 Leagues Under the Bottom of the Barrel  —  This passage is the lowest of the low.  Jonah tries to show that Nazis were really gay rights activists at heart.  Read at your own risk.  [And plz forgive the weird inconsistencies at the bottom of the graphic …
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 …
 
 
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama shows no modesty on foreign-policy record
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Gonzales Has Rough Time Tapping Young Minds for Legal Defense Fund
Discussion: Think Progress
Thomas Fitzgerald / philly.com:
Fumo nominated for blog scandal award
Tom Saul / Quad City Times:
Frozen fog carrying harmful particles
Discussion: The New Republic
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The triumph of legal defeatism
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney Repeatedly Met With Auto Execs Before White House Killed …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Hillary Who Stole Christmas
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The Corner:
Conspiracy Theory  —  A week or so ago a reader from Arkansas wrote …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hasta La Vista
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Belgium arrests 14 in terrorist plot
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
American Pastoral  —  Mike Huckabee preaches to the choir …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Fred Thompson's Wife, Jeri Thompson
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Putin ‘has secret $40bn fortune’