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1:30 PM ET, December 24, 2007


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Bruce Bartlett / Opinion Journal:
Whitewash  —  The racist history the Democratic Party wants you to forget.  —  In his new book, “The Conscience of a Liberal,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman makes a strong case for his belief that the political success of the Republican Party and the conservative movement …
Matthew Yglesias:   Wrong on Race?  —  Tyler Cowen describes Bruce Bartlett's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
State of the Unions  —  Once upon a time, back when America had a strong middle class, it also had a strong union movement.  —  These two facts were connected.  Unions negotiated good wages and benefits for their workers, gains that often ended up being matched even by nonunion employers.
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
In shifting race, Edwards aims for the gut
Discussion: Washington Post
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
How Clinton Lost Her Invincibility
Discussion: The Heretik
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Romney Strategy in Peril With Huckabee's Ascent  —  Bid for Early States Appears in Jeopardy  —  DES MOINES — A year ago, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gathered his campaign team for the first time at his suburban Boston home.  There were PowerPoint presentations, and Ann Romney made sandwiches.
Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Thompson the tortoise
Discussion: Political Machine and
Peter Wehner / Washington Post:
Huckabee's Co-Pilot  —  Some of us — in my case, a political conservative and evangelical Christian — are getting a queasy feeling when it comes to the presidential campaign of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and much of it has to do with his use of faith in this political campaign.
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
US report: Israel would weather nuclear war with Iran  —  Study compiled by US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), headed by a former Pentagon analyst, explores several hypothetical scenarios for unconventional warfare in our region.  Authors find 'Israel's residents and economy could weather nuclear war with Iran'
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Wonkette
Elie Leshem / Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel could survive nuclear war’  —  If a nuclear war between Israel and Iran were to break out 16-20 million Iranians would lose their lives - as opposed to 200,000-800,000 Israelis, according to a report recently published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Israel Matzav
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Seeks to Restore Tattered U.S. Image With Heavy '08 Travel  —  Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush's diplomatic passport will acquire a slew of new country stamps during his final year in office as he tries to rebuild the U.S.'s international standing and create a foreign-policy legacy beyond Iraq.
Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
The More Things Change...  Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand Trashed At Christmas  —  For Being Pregnant  —  First term Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY20), in a highly-vulnerable district in New York's Hudson Valley, is being attacked, not for her politics, not for her stand against the Iraq war …
Steve Fainaru / Washington Post:
Warnings Unheeded On Guards In Iraq  —  The U.S. government disregarded numerous warnings over the past two years about the risks of using Blackwater Worldwide and other private security firms in Iraq, expanding their presence even after a series of shooting incidents showed that the firms …
The Corner:
Atheist Demographics  —  Let's see ... 3 plus 2 plus 1 plus zero is, er, 6; and 6 divided by 4 is ... 2, right?  Well, to one significant digit.  —  Sorry about that.  A little too much Christmas spirit.  I really should stay away from applied.  The correct TFR for our Four Horsemen …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
A Green Light for Common Sense  —  To Slow Drivers, German Town Drops Traffic Signals and Lane Markers  —  BOHMTE, Germany — Like countless other communities, this west German town lived for years with a miserable traffic problem.  Each day, thousands of cars and big trucks barreled along …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Raising Kaine
Book Selection of the Month: “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Golderg (plus war and globalism)  — Book Selection of the Month: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg  —  Happy Kwanzaa — or should I say fascist Kwanzaa?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
T.W. Farnam / Wall Street Journal:
A Web Troll's Toll on the Clinton Campaign  —  FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — In Norse mythology, trolls steal babies and leave their own shape-shifting offspring behind.  On the Internet, they just steal attention.  —  As candidates increasingly use the Internet to build political bridges …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Politico's populist pop quiz  —  At first glance, John Edwards and Mike Huckabee seem like complete opposites.  The Democratic trial lawyer and Republican preacher seem straight out of central casting, ready-made rivals for a clichéd Hollywood take on the electoral process.
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David Curran / San Francisco Chronicle:
This Doll Is 'Un-American'  —  Forget the American Girl.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Washington Post:
Get Ready for a Democratic Era
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Sums It Up for Viewers in 2 States
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Palestinian Collaborators Then and Now  —  I've just finished a truly intriguing book.
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Steve Young / The Huffington Post:
A No-Spin Yuletide Blame
Discussion: News Hounds
Multi-National Force:
Sunni, Shia March Together in Baghdad for Peace
R. H. Potfry / The Nose On Your Face:
New Islamic Rage Boy Shirt Designs
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Huckabee campaigning for 23% sales tax
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Searching for Friends, Spitzer Warms to Lobbyists
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Allison Samuels / Newsweek:
Lost In the Obama Era
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Scott Horton / Harper's:
An Update on the Trial of Bilal Hussein
Carrie Antlfinger / Associated Press:
GI saves Iraqi boy in long-shot adoption