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4:10 PM ET, December 23, 2007


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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Election-Winning GOP Coalition Could Splinter Amid Wide-Open Presidential Race  —  Is the winning coalition that not just held the Republican Party together in recent years, but impressively sprung into action during Presidential campaigns about to splinter?
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama Moving Up in New Hampshire  —  The Democratic half of that Globe poll I just mentioned shows Obama pulling ahead in New Hampshire—he edges Hillary 30 to 28.  (He's up nine points and she's down seven since early November.)  Two things jump out at me in the Globe's write-up.
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.
Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press:
Racial Undercurrent Is Seen in Clinton Campaign  —  It has unfolded mostly under the radar.  But an important development in the 2008 Democratic battle may be the building backlash among African Americans over comments from associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that could be construed as jabs at Sen. Barack Obama's race.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain And Obama The Mo Men?
Discussion: Tom Watson
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Clinton vs. Giuliani & Romney
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 …
Sioux City Journal:   Obama: ‘A common good and a higher interest’
Obama can end decades of division
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Representative Ron Paul / MSNBC:
Dec. 23: Ron Paul  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues, an exclusive interview with Republican Ron Paul.  He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years.  In 1988 he was the Libertarian Party candidate for president.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Ron Paul on Meet the Press: Liveblogging  —  10:32: Russert points out that the income tax repeal would cost $1 trillion.  Paul: “That's good."  —  10:33: How much would we save if we pull our troops out of every overseas post?  The first of many gotchas, but Paul is ready: More than a trillion dollars.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Giuliani Claims It Would Have Been ‘Impossible’ To Give 9/11 Firefighters Working Radios  —  Today on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos pushed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on why the radios for the 9/11 firefighters didn't work.  Giuliani dodged the question …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Rudy Giuliani comments on the outrage of NYC Firefighters: “radio malfunctions”
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SUNNI AWAKENING UPDATE....I've mentioned a few times before that our “bottoms up” strategy of supporting Sunni tribes in the provinces surrounding Baghdad carries a number of risks.  The biggest risk, I suppose, is that once the tribes finally feel safe from the threat of al-Qaeda in Iraq …
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Iraqi villagers battle to hold off Al-Qaeda
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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.
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama continues attacks on Edwards for third-party ads  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama continued his attacks on rival John Edwards for alleged ties to 527 groups airing ads on his behalf.  Obama said his opponent's inability …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Obama mocks Edwards on 527
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
William “The Bloody” Makes His New Year's Predictions  —  Somebody has been hitting the eggnog really hard.  William “The Bloody” Kristol makes his predictions for the coming year.  They would be scary if they weren't just so completely ridiculous, but at least Kristol is continuing his habit of being completely and utterly wrong.
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos Supporting the Troops for Christmas  —  As I write, this is currently the number one recommended diary at Daily Kos: a long exercise in crackpot moral equivalence that compares US troops holding Bibles with a Palestinian female suicide bomber holding a Koran.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Quad-City Times / Quad City Times:
Times GOP caucus endorsement: John McCain — Time for a real hero
Associated Press:
Petraeus says he's not interested in presidency
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
Dream Turns Nightmare: Milwaukee Police Officer to Be Deported
Sister Toldjah:
The abject failure of liberalism
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
This Is the Sound of a Bubble Bursting
Discussion: Norwegianity
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Concord Monitor: ‘Not Romney’
Dan / Riehl World View:
Huckabee Hits New Bump That Tripped Up Mitt
Matthew Yglesias:
International Brigades
 Earlier Items: 
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Edwards and Romney Highlight Parties' Views of Wealth
NY Daily News:
It's about Hillary, stupid
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
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Candidates on executive power: a full spectrum
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iran Cited In Iraq's Decline in Violence
Frank Rich / New York Times:
A Résumé Can't Buy You Love