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3:20 AM ET, December 25, 2007

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Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Iowa poll says Clinton breaking away from the pack  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A stunning new Iowa poll seems to show the New York senator with an apparent double-digit lead over her nearest rival among likely Democratic caucus goers, with voting just over a week away.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Clinton vs. McCain and Huckabee  —  McCain 49% Clinton 43%; Clinton Leads Huckabee by Four  —  With the first primary contests less than two weeks away, Senator John McCain has gained a six-point lead over Senator Hillary Clinton in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey.
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
How Clinton Lost Her Invincibility
Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Thompson the tortoise
Discussion: BobKrumm.com and Political Machine
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Sums It Up for Viewers in 2 States
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Proverbial Rug  —  Bruce Bartlett responds to my post on his book: … No, no, no!  I don't think the history should be swept under the rug at all.  What I think is that the history reflects well on present members of the Democratic Party.  The political views of the Southern Democrats …
Matthew Yglesias:
Wrong on Race?  —  Tyler Cowen describes Bruce Bartlett's new book Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past as “incendiary."  —  If this overview in The Wall Street Journal reflects the content, though, it seems fairly banal.  As everyone with any awareness of American political history knows …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Kerry threatens NFL if Patriots-Giants not on NBC  —  With the New England Patriots now one win away from finishing the regular season undefeated, Sen. John Kerry is stepping up his campaign to get the final game broadcast on national television.  —  The contest Saturday with the New York Giants …
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Mike Reiss / Boston Globe:
Kerry presses NFL  —  Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has appealed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take action to ensure that all Patriots fans in New England, and across the country, will have the chance to view the team's season finale against the Giants.  —  The game is scheduled to be broadcast on NFL Network.
Discussion: Blue Mass. Group and Redstate
Virginia Heffernan / The Medium:
The Ron Paul Vid-Lash  —  Ron Paul, our Internet president, seems to have Nazi troubles, as in they're saying he's one of them.  —  Stormfront, a “white nationalist” Internet community, has given him money.  And he can't seem to stop meeting with self-described neo-Nazis, according to Bill White …
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Kenneth L. Woodward / Opinion Journal:
The Plight of Bethlehem  —  Why Christians can't visit the holy shrines in Jerusalem.  —  A mere nine kilometers separates Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, from Jerusalem, where he was crucified, died and was buried.  Pilgrims can easily visit both the Church of the Nativity and the Church …
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Aaron Klein / Ynetnews:
Media's two-faced Christmas coverage
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
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'
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Fear of subpoenas ‘crippling’ the White House?  —  As she departs the White House, and steps down as Bush's chief terrorism adviser, Frances Fragos Townsend stopped to tell the NYT how disappointed she is with the political climate in DC. … Oh, those poor, poor White House officials.
Daily Mail:
Anger over plan to broadcast Muslim call to prayer on loudspeaker in Oxford  —  Muslim plans to broadcast a loudspeaker call to prayer from a city centre mosque have been attacked by local residents who say it would turn the area into a “Muslim ghetto".  —  Dozens of people packed …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Tom Kelly / Daily Mail:
Margaret Thatcher's grandson is rising star of American football  —  She was known as the Iron Lady and now her teenage grandson is a rising star of gridiron.  —  Michael Thatcher is continuing to foster Baroness Thatcher's special relationship with the U.S. - by helping …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
In shifting race, Edwards aims for the gut
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 
 
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Steve Fainaru / MSNBC:
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Washington Wire:
Richardson Endorses Holistic and Spiritual Health Care
Telegraph:
Crisis may make 1929 look a ‘walk in the park’
Desi / Greatscat!:
The ‘Liberal Media’ Myth shot all to hell
Discussion: The Impolitic
Daily Mail:
Hate cleric Omar Bakri calls for ‘ban’ on Christmas
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Subverting Bush at Langley
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Mahablog
David Curran / San Francisco Chronicle:
This Doll Is 'Un-American'  —  Forget the American Girl.
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Palestinian Collaborators Then and Now  —  I've just finished a truly intriguing book.
Steve Young / The Huffington Post:
A No-Spin Yuletide Blame
Discussion: The Impolitic and News Hounds
The Corner:
Atheist Demographics  —  Let's see ... 3 plus 2 plus 1 plus zero is …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
The More Things Change...  Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand Trashed At Christmas
Multi-National Force:
Sunni, Shia March Together in Baghdad for Peace
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
Bush Seeks to Restore Tattered U.S. Image With Heavy '08 Travel
R. H. Potfry / The Nose On Your Face:
New Islamic Rage Boy Shirt Designs
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Power Line
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Politico's populist pop quiz
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and The Seminal