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12:25 PM ET, December 26, 2007

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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Résumé Factor: Those 8 Years as First Lady  —  As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton jaw-boned the authoritarian president of Uzbekistan to leave his car and shake hands with people.  She argued with the Czech prime minister about democracy.
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Patrick Healy / MSNBC:
Clinton's influence as first lady questioned
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pro-Edwards 527 Hits TV Airwaves in Iowa Today
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
New Hampshire Union Leader:
The Romney backlash: Conservatives are coming home  —  THERE IS A reason Mitt Romney has not received a single newspaper endorsement in New Hampshire.  It's the same reason his poll numbers are dropping.  He has not been able to convince the people of this state that he's the conservative he says he is.
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Wall Street Journal:
Campaigns Hit the Road in Iowa, New Hampshire to Make Final Pitch
Discussion: The Caucus
Juan Cole:
Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2007  —  10. Myth: The US public no longer sees Iraq as a central issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. … 9. Myth: There have been steps toward religious and political reconciliation in Iraq in 2007.  Fact: The government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki …
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Reuters:
Iran needs no uranium enrichment: Russia's Lavrov  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's delivery of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr power station makes it unnecessary for Iran to pursue its enrichment program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Discussion: Macsmind
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Russian Conundrum  —  Russia has begun transferring nuclear fuel …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Leon Aron / Opinion Journal:
Putin's Cold War
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Wall Street Journal:
Same Party, Different Style  —  Romney, Huckabee  —  Present a Stark Choice For Iowa Republicans  —  In Iowa, the Republican presidential race has come down to two former governors who offer caucus goers a stark choice.  It's the pulpit vs. the boardroom, poverty vs. privilege, passion vs. preparedness.
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE
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Michael Scherer / Time:
How Will Huckabee's Populism Play?
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
While America Celebrates...  Huckabee plunges.  —  WHEN WE PAID pundits try to provide campaign analysis, we often strain to find historical analogies.  Although I'm not asking for sympathy, please understand that it's not easy.  There have been only fifty-something presidential campaigns …
Discussion: BobKrumm.com
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 …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Change our lifestyle to save Santa's home  —  Editor - Santa is deeply concerned with the rapid shrinking of the North Pole.  For generations, he has depended on swift, reliable and environmentally friendly reindeer power.  —  If we do not change our lifestyle soon and seek alternative energy sources …
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Michelle Malkin:
Eco-scrooges can't give it a rest
Discussion: WorldNetDaily
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Sooner or Later, Candidates Will Surely Look Lost  —  They have become a useful, though very tricky, class of images in this roller-coaster ride of a presidential campaign.  Call them the “hangdog” candidate photographs: They capture the politician with eyes downcast, looking tired, stressed.
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Althouse
New York Times:
A One-Size-Fits-All Solution  —  WHILE the causes of the mortgage crisis are myriad, a central problem was that many borrowers took out loans that they did not understand and could not afford.  Brokers and lenders offered loans that looked much less expensive than they really were …
Discussion: BitsBlog and EconLog
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Right-Hand Woman Scrambles for a Win in Iowa  —  Patti Solis Doyle Steers Campaign, Juggling  —  Family Role, Staff Egos  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — With snow and sleet pounding her hotel window, campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle dialed in to an early-morning strategy debate …
Telegraph:
Britain in secret talks with the Taliban  —  Agents from MI6 entered secret talks with Taliban leaders despite Gordon Brown's pledge that Britain would not negotiate with terrorists, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  Officers from the Secret Intelligence Service staged discussions …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
U.S. Disparity in Executions Grows as Texas Bucks Trend  —  This year's death penalty bombshells — a de facto national moratorium, a state abolition and the smallest number of executions in more than a decade — have masked what may be the most significant and lasting development.
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Worms infect more poor Americans than thought  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday.
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
AP Gives Thompson the '04 Treatment  —  The Associated Press — once the gold standard of fast and accurate reporting — changed during the Bush presidency.  What was liberal bias has reshaped the wire service into one of the most politically activist media outlets.  This is a cautionary tale for every Republican candidate.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Holiday Spending Growth at 5 -Year Low  —  A surge in spending over the weekend may not have been enough to rescue Target, Sears Holdings and Macy's from the slowest holiday spending season in five years.  —  MasterCard's consulting unit said yesterday that sales from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24 gained 3.6 percent.
 
 
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Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press:
Boston's $14.8B Big Dig finally complete
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee's illegal-alien record hit
Discussion: Power Line
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Quiet year for tech on Capitol Hill
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton, Obama, Edwards Wage Door-to-Door Fight for Iowa Voters
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Dog Owner Takes On China's Web Censors
Associated Press:
Iowa Conservatives Still Up For Grabs
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Grass-roots activists fill void within GOP
The Talking Dog / The Moderate Voice:
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Michael Young / Reason Magazine:
Threatening Spain  —  Over at the Across the Bay blog …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The End of Free Trade
Sebastian Junger / Vanity Fair:
Into the Valley of Death  —  A strategic passage wanted …