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11:05 AM ET, December 26, 2007

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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  —  Republican and Democratic presidential contenders are back in action today for the home stretch leading to next week's Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary a week later.  Where they head first may reveal something about their short-term strategy.
Discussion: The Caucus
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pro-Edwards 527 Hits TV Airwaves in Iowa Today  —  Over the past three days, Democratic presidential hopefuls John Edwards and Barack Obama have publicly squabbled over an outside group with ties to Edwards that is funding a series of ads obliquely touting his candidacy.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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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: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:   Clinton, Obama, Edwards Wage Door-to-Door Fight for Iowa Voters
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
In race's final days, Clinton will emphasize experience
Discussion: TIME
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Russian Conundrum  —  Russia has begun transferring nuclear fuel to Iran for the completion of its contract for the nuclear power plant at Bushehr.  The delivery marks a victory for Iran, but also a potential trap.  The Russians claimed today that its delivery of fuel renders …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Reuters:   Iran needs no uranium enrichment: Russia's Lavrov
Leon Aron / Opinion Journal:
Putin's Cold War
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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
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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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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
At 60% of Total, Texas Is Bucking Execution Trend
Houston Chronicle:
Houston's landmark Greenway Theatre to close
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Sooner or Later, Candidates Will Surely Look Lost
Discussion: Althouse
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Dog Owner Takes On China's Web Censors
New York Times:
A One-Size-Fits-All Solution
Discussion: EconLog
Associated Press:
Iowa Conservatives Still Up For Grabs
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE
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New York Times:
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Grass-roots activists fill void within GOP
The Talking Dog / The Moderate Voice:
Can Campaign 2008 Candidates Use Weblogs To Get Votes Or Are Blogs …
Michael Young / Reason Magazine:
Threatening Spain  —  Over at the Across the Bay blog …
Discussion: Across the Bay
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The End of Free Trade
Greg Palast:
A Quechua Christmas Carol
Discussion: Fact-esque
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Edwards Gets Demerits for Tardiness on the Trail
Sebastian Junger / Vanity Fair:
Into the Valley of Death  —  A strategic passage wanted …