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4:45 PM ET, December 22, 2007


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Rasmussen Reports:
For or Against Presidential Candidates  —  Clinton and Romney Have Highest Level of Core Opposition Among Leading Candidates  —  Among the leading Presidential candidates, New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have the highest level of core opposition among voters.
Discussion:, Hot Air and PoliGazette
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney and McCain campaigns tangle over taxes  —  NORTH CONWAY, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney told a crowd in notoriously tax-averse New Hampshire Saturday that rival John McCain had “failed Reagan 101″ by not supporting President Bush's tax cuts, the latest in a series of new attacks …
Associated Press:
Romney accuses McCain of ‘failing’ Reagan's legacy by opposing Bush's tax cuts  —  NORTH CONWAY, New Hampshire: Taking aim at a rallying John McCain, New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney said Saturday that his Republican presidential rival had failed to follow in the path of President Reagan …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The best-talking Republican politician in America has a message for the best-talking conservative voice in the country: Let's talk to one another.  —  Mike Huckabee, taking questions from reporters …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
What Choice Was There?  —  The Washington Post reports this morning that Hillary Clinton has reached the earth-shaking conclusion that she has to embrace her husband in her campaign to win the presidency in 2008.  Apparently, this strategy created controversy in her campaign despite …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama hits Edwards on 527 group  —  In Oskaloosa this morning, in response to a questioner who said he saw Hillary fading and the choice as being between Obama and Edwards, the Illinois senator suggested that outside spending on Edwards' behalf is part of a broader pattern with his rival.
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama calls on Edwards to stop 527 ad
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SIMON SAYS....In the annals of unconvincing excuses, this one is now quickly rising into gold medal territory.  The question is why the CIA never turned over its interrogration videotapes to the 9/11 Commission: … So let's review:  — The 9/11 Commission was an official investigative body chartered …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics  —  $1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces  —  CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why Inexperience Matters  —  The AP takes a look at the political development of Barack Obama, and it's hard not to look at it as an apprenticeship.  His position changes don't count as flip-flops in the same sense that a teenager's infatuation with radical politics changes with some maturity.
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama's views have changed with time
Discussion: The Ruckus
David Barstow / New York Times:
A Request for Clemency Leads to a Political Issue for Huckabee  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It took a jury less than 15 minutes to convict Eugene Fields of driving while intoxicated, his fourth such conviction in less than five years.  Mr. Fields, whose pickup crashed after he drank 12 beers …
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950  —  A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty.
Discussion: Power Line and Cliff Schecter
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Gen. David Petraeus, Man of the Year  —  Time magazine got it wrong.  —  I remember the excitement.  It was the week before Christmas a year ago, and I had lazily picked up my copy of Time magazine.  And there it was: Time's Person of the Year for 2006 is “You."  —  Wow!
Linda Chavez /
Destroying CIA Tapes Deserves a Thank You  —  His name isn't yet familiar to most Americans, but I expect it will be by the end of 2008: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. He is the man, according to recent press reports, who ordered the destruction of interrogation tapes made by the CIA …
Discussion: Think Progress and Sadly, No!
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Eggnog Factor  —  Often, I will describe the success or failure of a candidate in terms of the “beer factor” — whether voters would want to have a beer and a conversation with a contender or not.  This measure transcends partisanship.  I'd rather have a beer and a chat with Bill Clinton …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huck vows to review controversial shooting  —  Mike Huckabee vowed in Iowa Saturday that one of his first actions as president would be to review what he called the “absurd” convictions of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean - and suggested he might pardon them immediately.
Jacob Heilbrunn / Washington Monthly:
Why Rudy Giuliani loves Norman Podhoretz  —  When Norman Mailer died in November, it was hard not to feel a twinge of melancholy and nostalgia for the vanished world of the New York Family of intellectuals.  In the past decade, many of its most colorful members have passed away …
Discussion: The Washington Note
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
State of the race as the Christmas curtain begins to fall
Hubris Sonic / Group News Blog:
Karl Rove, Now Reduced! On Sale!
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
As Primaries Begin, the FEC Will Shut Down
Terry Teachout / Opinion Journal:
Appointment With Big Brother
Discussion: Power Line and Armavirumque
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Big Fund to Prop Up Securities Is Scrapped
R. H. Potfry / The Nose On Your Face:
TNOYF Exclusive: Ahmed And The Chipmunks Sing “Sharia Don't Be Late”
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Mitt: I'll “go after” retailers who sell violent adult video games
Discussion: QandO and
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Bias? More Doubts Raised About The Politico's Thompson Article
Don Surber:
Top 10 stories of 2007  —  America's editors were wrong.
Discussion: Right Wing News and GINA COBB
Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
Guest Voice: Huckabee's Smart Strategy Is No Accident
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Poetic Political Commentary: “If” For 2008 Presidential Candidates
Discussion: The Ruckus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Where's The McCain Beef?
Ross Douthat:
The “Myth” of Welfare Queens
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: 'Enough'  —  A new Iowa ad focuses on economic insecurity.
Rory O'Connor / Media is a Plural:
Time to Cover Up?  —  Is Time magazine's “full” and “complete” …
Discussion: Time and The Agonist