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11:20 PM ET, December 26, 2007


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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hillary Edges Out Oprah as Most Admired Woman in '07  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the sixth year in a row, President George W. Bush is the most admired man and Sen. Hillary Clinton the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey.  But neither winner had a very decisive win this year …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Study: Bill Clinton Was Kinda Right, Media Is Obsessed With Horse-Race …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and TalkLeft
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's ‘Most Admired Man’
Discussion: Political Machine
Jack Fowler / The Corner:
Praise for Liberal Fascism  —  Charles Murray declares: “'It is my argument that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion,' Jonah Goldberg writes near the beginning of Liberal Fascism.  My first reaction was that he is engaging in partisan hyperbole.  That turned out to be wrong.
James Wolcott / James Wolcott's Blog:
The Goldberg Variations  —  Jonah Goldberg's colleagues over at NRO's Corner continue the holiday spirit by passing on scraps of praise for his misshapen troll of a book, Liberal Fascism: From Jackboots to Joy Behar, to buck up his morale for the mockery and abuse waiting ahead.
Michael J. Totten:
A Fresh Look at Hezbollah  —  I haven't written much about Lebanon lately, partly because I've been working in Iraq, but also because Lebanon has been in a holding pattern for the past year.  There isn't much new to say about the same-old same-old.  —  But Andrew Exum published a perceptive piece …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Karl / protein wisdom:
Andrew Sullivan: Tenaciously Behind the Curve  —  Via Memeorandum, I discovered that Andrew Sullivan is recommending the equally clueless Juan Cole's “Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2007″: … Sullivan then quotes Cole: “Among the primary effects of the ‘surge’ has been to turn Baghdad …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Solar cheaper than coal and falling  —  Let me be the last in the greenosphere to note that Nanosolar has shipped its first panels, and it's no exaggeration to say that this moment will likely be seen as a historical turning point.  —  For a taste of the breathless anticipation around Nanosolar …
The Australian:
Tsunami aid ‘spent on politics’  —  THREE years after Australians donated $400 million to rebuild Asian lives devastated by the 2004 tsunami, aid groups are under attack for spending much of the money on social and political engineering.  —  A survey by The Australian of the contributions …
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Video on Filmmakers Maureen and James Tusty tell James Freeman about Estonia's “singing revolution. “  —  Phony Libertarian  —  Rep. Ron Paul, by far the most popular sideshow act in the 2008 presidential circus, is supposedly a libertarian.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama ups the ante in Iowa  —  MASON CITY, Iowa — One week before Iowans gather for the first-in-the-nation caucus, Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that his message of change has already been “vindicated."  —  Obama made the declaration at the outset of a critical final push in Iowa …
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee still gives paid speeches  —  Breaking with tradition for presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee is continuing to accept paid speaking engagements in the thick of his insurgent presidential campaign, although churches get a break from his usual fee of up to $25,000.
Discussion: NO QUARTER, MyDD and Cliff Schecter
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Senate meets briefly to block Bush  —  WASHINGTON - The House was quiet as a mouse the day after Christmas.  But across the Capitol, the Senate was operating in an unusually efficient manner in its ongoing power struggle with President Bush.  —  A nine-second session gaveled in and out by Sen. Jim Webb …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Exclusive - Bill Clinton: “We Need To Stay in Iraq to Protect the Kurds From The Turks”  —  This is America's nightmare.  —  Just before Christmas, Turkish warplanes (F-16s made in the USA) and helicopter gunships bombed 200 Kurdish targets in northern Iraq, killing 150 people …
Hans Bader /
Diversity Training Backfires  —  Employers pay a lot of money for diversity training and sexual harassment training, but often the training backfires and blows up in the face of the employer that paid for it.  In Hartman v. Pena (1995), the Federal Aviation Administration got sued …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Favorite quotes of 2007  —  One of the few things I dislike more than end-of-the-year “looking back” lists is the incessant chatter and worthless speculation over the upcoming primaries.  But that chatter and speculation is inundating everything.  Thus, I offer some of my favorite quotes of 2007:
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Greatest Story Not Being Told  —  The introduction to 1968: The Year That Rocked The World, by Mark Kurlansky, contains the following passage describing the breadth of the cultural chasm between Boomers and their parents (page xix, emphasis mine): … Yesterday, I gave that book to my father for Christmas.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Billw / Crooks and Liars:
Kansas GOP Chair Sends Email Boasting of Voter Caging
Discussion: Wonkette
Scott Lindlaw / Associated Press:
F-15 grounding strains U.S. air defenses
Byron York / The Corner:
The Romney Anti-Endorsement
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Patriots-Giants Game Now on NBC and CBS
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton out with ‘Stakes’ ad
Discussion: The Swamp
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Internal State Dep't Review Finds Dep't in Afghanistan Can't Account …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Russians are going wild for P G Wodehouse
Discussion: The Corner and Weekly Standard
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Matthew Yglesias:
Pushing Fighters  —  Here's a telling bit from The Washington …
Michael Yon:
A Thank You Letter  —  [Web Administrator's Note …
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
POLICE in Pakistan have stopped a 15-year-old boy they say was …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Dem voters no longer fighting battle of Iraq
Discussion: TIME and Wonkette
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Romney symbolizes GOP's problems
Paul Krugman / Slate:

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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