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2:45 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 …
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.
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?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain And Obama The Mo Men?  —  The Boston Globe's new poll puts both New Hampshire primaries in dead heats with sixteen days to go.  As other polls have shown, Barack Obama has succeeded in overtaking Hillary Clinton and now has a slight two-point lead.  For the Republicans …
Discussion: Tom Watson
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
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain closing in on Romney, Globe poll shows
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Clinton vs. Giuliani & Romney
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rudy Giuliani comments on the outrage of NYC Firefighters: “radio malfunctions”  —  Rudy will be dogged by the firefighters until the race is over and he should be.  Check out his response to some of their major problems with Rudy on ABC's THIS WEEK which include his handling of their radios …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama mocks Edwards on 527
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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 …
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Iraqi villagers battle to hold off Al-Qaeda  —  Marie Colvin reports from Diyala province on the desperate battle to fend off an extremist surge  —  THIS is the front line of the war with Al-Qaeda.  In other parts of Iraq their fighters are like ghosts, using car bombs and remotely triggered mines …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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 …
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.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Concord Monitor: ‘Not Romney’  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Newspapers have an historical tradition of endorsing candidates in political races, offering their readers long arguments why they should support a candidate.  But something quite extraordinary could be found on the opinion page of the Concord Monitor Sunday morning.
Discussion: Firedoglake and You Decide 08!
Concord Monitor:
Romney should not be the next president
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.
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