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9:10 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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and The Swamp
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Edwards Go Long  —  Edging in Iowa, Campaigns Look Beyond  —  Having drawn Hillary Clinton into a trench war in Iowa, her Democratic rivals are stepping up the pressure in New Hampshire and beyond.  —  Both Barack Obama and John Edwards devoted some last-minute campaign time here this past week …
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:
Romney accuses McCain of ‘failing’ Reagan's legacy by opposing Bush's tax cuts
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton Embraces Her Husband's Legacy  —  After months of discussion within her campaign over how heavily she should draw on her husband's legacy, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is closing out her Iowa and New Hampshire campaigns in a tight embrace of Bill Clinton's record …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bill Clinton: Hillary's Political Boon Or Political Albatross?  —  To many, the 2000 Presidential election was really about “the Bush restoration” — bringing back the Bushes after the unseemly interruption of Democrat Bill Clinton's Presidency.  And now there are growing signs that the 2008 primary …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
What Choice Was There?  —  The Washington Post reports …
Discussion: Doug Ross
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.
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 …
Deacon / Power Line:
A CASE OF CLEMENCY THAT'S EASY TO EXPLAIN  —  It hasn't been apparent to me why Mike Huckabee favored the release from prison of Wayne Dumond, a patently dangerous rapist who, once released, committed murder.  By contrast, it's easy to see why Mike Huckabee wanted to help Eugene Fields …
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
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Matthews Stands By His Man  —  You gotta hand it to Tweety...he shows considerably more monogamous devotion to Rudy Giuliani than Giuliani has ever shown any person in his life.  Chris Matthews found a little news item well hidden in the back pages of the NY Times (that liberal media at work again! …
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 …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Thompson's Waterloo (Iowa)  —  Is he Napoleon or Wellington?  —  Waterloo, Iowa  —  Forty-five minutes before Fred Thompson spoke here last Tuesday night, young volunteers greeted reporters and potential Iowa voters just inside the front door of the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Riehl World View
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Press Association:
Blair converts to Catholicism  —  Tony Blair has converted to Roman Catholicism, sources close to the former prime minister said today.  —  He was welcomed into the church in a service last night.  —  The move comes after years of speculation that Mr Blair, whose wife Cherie and four children …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Republican Video: I've Got A Crush On Fred Thompson's Politics  —  We already know Republicans have a hard time being funny, and even being catchy is a stretch for them, but when I found this hilarious video at Daily Kos I thought C&L readers would like to share in the unintended laughs.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
2 Candidates, 2 Fortunes, 2 Views of Wealth
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
At the San Diego Zoo, it's showtime for a ‘show- stopper’
Discussion: WhirledView and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Naive or hard-nosed?  —  Mark Schmitt has an interesting …
Discussion: American Prospect
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Huckabee dogged by immigration issue
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
State of the race as the Christmas curtain begins to fall
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SIMON SAYS....In the annals of unconvincing excuses …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
As Primaries Begin, the FEC Will Shut Down
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Terry Teachout / Opinion Journal:
Appointment With Big Brother
Discussion: Armavirumque and Power Line
Linda Chavez /
Destroying CIA Tapes Deserves a Thank You
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Think Progress
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Mitt: I'll “go after” retailers who sell violent adult video games
Discussion: QandO and
Don Surber:
Top 10 stories of 2007  —  America's editors were wrong.
Discussion: Right Wing News and GINA COBB
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: 'Enough'  —  A new Iowa ad focuses on economic insecurity.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why Inexperience Matters  —  The AP takes a look at the political …
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Gen. David Petraeus, Man of the Year
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics