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3:25 AM ET, December 23, 2007


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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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Can't Anyone Play This Here Game?
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney and McCain campaigns tangle over taxes
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt goes on the offensive with McCain
Discussion: and Marc Ambinder
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Five Things I Learned in Ten Days With Edwards  —  From CBS News Capitol Hill Correspondent Chip Reid, who's covering the Edwards campaign:  —  SOMEWHERE ON THE ROAD IN IOWA — Like the other presidential candidates, John Edwards is heading home for a few days over Christmas, which means we embedded journalists can do the same.
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland and Firedoglake
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Edwards Go Long
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama hits Edwards on 527 group
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Discussion: The Heretik
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 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.
Discussion: The Corner and Liberal Values
Aaron Lewis / CBS News:
Edwards Says He'll Take On Big Insurance Companies  —  From CBS News' Aaron Lewis:  —  NEVADA, IOWA — John Edwards tonight cited the case of a 17-year-old California girl who died after her insurance company refused coverage on a liver transplant to save her life as a call to action to change …
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 …
David Barstow / New York Times:   A Request for Clemency Leads to a Political Issue for Huckabee
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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
David S. Bernstein / Talking Politics:
WHEN A CLAIM BECOMES OFFENSIVE  —  Two women contacted the Mitt Romney campaign this week, offering their memories of seeing Romney's father march with Martin Luther King Jr., in Grosse Point Michigan in 1963.  Campaign officials were well aware that the women were mistaken.
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 and Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Pakistan's Islamic Parties Struggle for Support  —  5 Years After Sweep In NW Province, Backers Frustrated  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In 2002, Ibrar Hussein voted for an Islamic takeover.  —  Fed up both with Pakistan's military-led government and with the mainstream, secular opposition …
Discussion: Commentary
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! …
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Lindsay Hamilton / Political Radar:
Giuliani: Hospital visit was a result of a “headache worse than I've ever had”
The Caucus Cooler:
COOLER EXCLUSIVE- “Governor Graft”
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: Riehl World View
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Republican Video: I've Got A Crush On Fred Thompson's Politics
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bill Clinton: Hillary's Political Boon Or Political Albatross?
Discussion: Newsday and Associated Press
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Naive or hard-nosed?  —  Mark Schmitt has an interesting …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Huckabee dogged by immigration issue
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Ford / Reuters:
Tent city in suburbs is cost of home crisis
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huck vows to review controversial shooting
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
State of the race as the Christmas curtain begins to fall
Discussion: The New Republic
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
As Primaries Begin, the FEC Will Shut Down
Terry Teachout / Opinion Journal:
Appointment With Big Brother
Linda Chavez /
Destroying CIA Tapes Deserves a Thank You
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Think Progress
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why Inexperience Matters  —  The AP takes a look at the political …
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press