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1:45 PM ET, December 26, 2007

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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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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?
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.
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 …
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CNN Political Ticker:   Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's ‘Most Admired Man’
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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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 and Corrente
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
Discussion: Macsmind
Leon Aron / Opinion Journal:
Putin's Cold War
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards Campaign's Closing Memo  —  In a new internal memo outlining the campaign's planned message in the final days before the Iowa caucuses, the deputy campaign manager for former senator John Edwards (N.C.) argues that his candidate's middle-class message is working while predicting …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pro-Edwards 527 Hits TV Airwaves in Iowa Today
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
At 60% of Total, Texas is Bucking Execution 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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Conservative group ups anti-Huckabee ad buy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The fiscally conservative Club for Growth - which is actively opposing Republican Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy - is upping its ad buy in Iowa yet again, with about a week to go until the state's caucuses.
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 …
 
 
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Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Reliving the Florida recount
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Megan McArdle:
Be our guest!  —  Libertarian Kerry Howley and Matt Yglesias …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Not Relevant? Sharpton Scoffs at the Idea
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Military family members share public's division on Iraq war, Bush
Miss Mannered / My Left Wing:
Goodbye, Cruel Jews
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Freshmen Padding Their Independence
Discussion: Open Left and Wonkette
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Huckabee's illegal-alien record hit
Discussion: Power Line and PoliGazette
 Earlier Items: 
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton, Obama, Edwards Wage Door-to-Door Fight for Iowa Voters
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Holiday Spending Growth at 5 -Year Low
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
AP Gives Thompson the '04 Treatment
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
New York Times:
The Work Remaining  —  It has been nearly a year since …
The Talking Dog / The Moderate Voice:
Can Campaign 2008 Candidates Use Weblogs To Get Votes Or Are Blogs …
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Worms infect more poor Americans than thought
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The End of Free Trade