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12:50 PM 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.
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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Thomas Beaumont / The Politico:
Clinton to emphasize experience in Iowa  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin to frame the final eight days of the Iowa caucus campaign Wednesday 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.
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Résumé Factor: Those 8 Years as First Lady
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:   Clinton, Obama, Edwards Wage Door-to-Door Fight for Iowa Voters
Patrick Healy / MSNBC:
Clinton's influence as first lady questioned
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
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
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Michael Scherer / Time:
How Will Huckabee's Populism Play?  —  The pastor's power is to tell you what it all means.  And so Mike Huckabee, the preacher turned politician, stands before several hundred in a convention hall here Friday, spinning a tale worthy of a worship service.  His campaign, he says, is not just about his ideas for the country.
Wall Street Journal:
Campaigns Hit the Road in Iowa, New Hampshire to Make Final Pitch
Discussion: The Caucus
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
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 …
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
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Change our lifestyle to save Santa's home
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
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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
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 …
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
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 and TIME
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.
Paul Krugman / Slate:
FORGET ABOUT BUSH—AND THE MIDDLE GROUND.  —  Here's a thought for progressives: Bush isn't the problem.  And the next president should not try to be the anti-Bush.  —  No, I haven't lost my mind.  I'm not saying that we should look kindly on the Worst President Ever …
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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.
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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Freshmen Padding Their Independence
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New York Times:
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