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10:50 AM ET, December 23, 2007


 Top Items: 
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
McCain closing gap with Romney  —  In N.H. poll, Obama inches ahead of Clinton  —  Senator John McCain of Arizona, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination was all but dead this summer, has made a dramatic recovery in the Granite State 2 1/2 weeks before the 2008 vote …
Discussion: The New Republic, Don Surber and MSNBC
Washington Post:
Splintered GOP Seeks Unifying Presence  —  DES MOINES — For three decades, the Republican presidential nominating contest has served to unify the national party's coalition of social, economic and foreign policy conservatives in advance of a general election fight with Democrats.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Clinton vs. Giuliani & Romney
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Edwards and Romney Highlight Parties' Views of Wealth  —  A fascinating NYT profile shows how John Edwards and Mitt Romney became very wealthy circa 1984 and drew very different lessons from it. … Now, in fairness, the two men came from very different social backgrounds to begin with …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
2 Candidates, 2 Fortunes, 2 Views of Wealth  —  By the final weeks of 1984, well before either turned 40, John Edwards and Mitt Romney had already built successful careers.  But the two men were each on the verge of an entirely new level of financial success.
The Politico:
Obama-Edwards ad spat gets rough
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Swamp
Washington Post:
In Britain, A Respected, If Rowdy, Holiday Ritual  —  LONDON — Just before midnight, the well-dressed, 25-year-old financial trader arrived by ambulance at the makeshift hospital tent pitched at a train station in central London.  Blood oozed from his scalp, staining his elegant pink-striped shirt.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Concord Monitor:
Romney should not be the next president  —  December 22.  —  If you were building a Republican presidential candidate from a kit, imagine what pieces you might use: an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit.
The Quad-City Times / Quad City Times:
Times Democratic caucus endorsement: Hillary Clinton passes the test  —  Hillary Clinton passes test after test after test.  This Clinton arrived for the caucus campaign with much, much more experience than the first Clinton to stump across Iowa.  In campaign speeches and in an interview …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Frank Rich / New York Times:
A Résumé Can't Buy You Love  —  WE can only imagine what is going on inside John McCain's head when he contemplates Mike Huckabee.  It can't be pretty.  No presidential candidate in either party has more experience in matters of war than the Arizona senator …
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
How the Queen got well connected  —  In a bid to appeal to the internet generation, the royals launch their own YouTube channel  —  The Queen has taken a bold stride into cyberspace by launching her own channel on the video-sharing website YouTube.  The Royal Channel launches today …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Savior or Saboteur?  —  Once it was about Hillary, but now, of course, it's about Bill.  —  Our ubiquitous ex-president is playing his favorite uxorious game, and it goes like this: Let's create chaos and then get out of it together.  You ride to my rescue or I ride to yours.
NY Daily News:
It's about Hillary, stupid  —  Something was bugging me, but I couldn't figure out what it was.  Then it hit me.  While I was reading about the campaign, the realization came like a thunderbolt: I'm tired of Bill Clinton.  —  Tired of his half-truths and full lies about where he stood on Iraq.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iran Cited In Iraq's Decline in Violence  —  Order From Tehran Reined In Militias, U.S. Official Says  —  The Iranian government has decided “at the most senior levels” to rein in the violent Shiite militias it supports in Iraq, a move reflected in a sharp decrease in sophisticated roadside bomb attacks …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Christmas Ad That Topped Them All  —  CapQ readers want to have an eggnog with him, and now we know why.  Fred Thompson just released the best Christmas ad in this cycle, one in which no one will find floating crosses, holiday fruitcake, downer lighting, and especially tone-deaf “gifts” …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Punditry
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Joanna Sugden / Times of London:
Life ‘better’ under Saddam says vicar of Baghdad
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Cliff Schecter
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Democrats Make Bush School Act an Election Issue
Discussion: The Seminal
Washington Post:
Banks Drop Plan Aimed At Easing Credit Crunch
Discussion: THE REACTION
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Candidates on executive power: a full spectrum
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Pakistan's Islamic Parties Struggle for Support
Lindsay Hamilton / Political Radar:
Giuliani: Hospital visit was a result of a “headache worse than I've ever had”
David S. Bernstein / Talking Politics:
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Aaron Lewis / CBS News:
Edwards Says He'll Take On Big Insurance Companies
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: New York Times
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Matthews Stands By His Man
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
At the San Diego Zoo, it's showtime for a ‘show- stopper’
Discussion: WhirledView and Hullabaloo
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Thompson's Waterloo (Iowa)
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Republican Video: I've Got A Crush On Fred Thompson's Politics