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9:25 AM ET, December 26, 2007


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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton's 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.
Patrick Healy / MSNBC:
Clinton's influence as first lady questioned  —  Clinton appeared to learn more through osmosis than decision-making  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by nuns at a New Delhi orphanage run by Mother Teresa in March 1995.  As first lady, Clinton was mostly involved in what diplomats call …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
In race's final days, Clinton will emphasize experience  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today will begin to frame the final eight days of the Iowa caucus campaign as a choice between what she says is her preparedness for the White House and her rivals' lack of experience at a critical time for the nation.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Eco-scrooges can't give it a rest  —  Environmental busybodies never take a vacation.  The lead letter on Christmas day at the San Francisco Chronicle echoed dim bulb Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' recent “Stop global warming and buy CFLs or Santa will DIEDIEDIE!” threat:
Discussion: WorldNetDaily
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 …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity, Firedoglake and PoliGazette
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.
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
Discussion: Political Machine
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The End of Free Trade  —  Here's today quiz.  What do the following have in common: (a) Vladimir Putin; (b) China's currency, the renminbi; (c) the U.S.-Peru trade agreement; and (d) Hugo Ch¿vez?  Answer: They all reflect the “new mercantilism."  It's an ominous development affecting the world economy.
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Grass-roots activists fill void within GOP  —  Huckabee gains amid disarray of party elites  —  Mike Huckabee (left), with his band and an Elvis impersonator at the Ames, Iowa, straw poll in August, picked up votes from “fair tax” and home schooling supporters.  (David Lienemann/ Associated Press/ File)
The Talking Dog / The Moderate Voice:
Can Campaign 2008 Candidates Use Weblogs To Get Votes Or Are Blogs Now Merely Echo Chambers?  —  The 2004 election was a kind of prototype: candidates started realizing the relatively-young Internet's potential for raising campaign funds — and to get votes.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Michael Young / Reason Magazine:
Threatening Spain  —  Over at the Across the Bay blog, Tony Bey is following the details of an interesting story picked up by the wire services.  —  A Spanish police memo evidently leaked to the Spanish daily El Mundo says that the head of Syrian military intelligence, Assef Shawkat …
Discussion: Across the Bay
Washington Post:
Courting Students, And Hoping They'll Actually Cast Votes  —  Iowa Often Sees High Fervor, Low Turnout  —  CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — For months, Barack Obama has pursued Casey Turner.  He has sent the 19-year-old University of Northern Iowa student letters, e-mails, phone calls and Facebook messages.
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Greg Palast:
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