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4:50 PM ET, December 26, 2007

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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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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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's ‘Most Admired Man’
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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San Diego Union-Tribune:
Romney symbolizes GOP's problems  —  It's doubtful that anyone needs any more reasons to explain why Americans are fed up with politics as usual.  Nevertheless, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has given us one more.  —  Apparently when Romney said, “I saw my father march …
Michael Scherer / Time:
How Will Huckabee's Populism Play?
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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.
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James Wolcott / James Wolcott's Blog:
The Goldberg Variations  —  Jonah Goldberg's colleagues …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Challenging Cheney  —  A National Archives official reveals what the veep wanted to keep classified—and how he tried to challenge the rules  —  J. William Leonard learned the hard way the perils of questioning Vice President Dick Cheney.  The veteran National Archives official challenged claims …
Michelle Malkin:
Would you, could you, vote McCain?  —  Here's some straight talk about John McCain from New Hampshire voters, via the Boston Globe.  The voters' main concerns: He's a Ted Kennedy shamnesty supporter and he's too old:  —  The Manchester Union Leader attacks Romney as a Johnny-come-lately …
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Club For Growth dot net:
Ad Buy Increased...Again  —  Club for Growth.Net Increases Ad Buy In Iowa — Again  —  Washington - Today, Club for Growth.Net increased its advertising buy in Iowa, adding an additional $175,000 to the effort and bringing the total ad buy to $550,000 over three weeks.
Discussion: The Corner
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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.
Miss Mannered / My Left Wing:
Goodbye, Cruel Jews  —  I did not come to this site to fight in the Jew Wars.  —  I came to join with MSOC, in her words, to rage against the lying of the right, against injustice and cruelty.  Instead, I found injustice, cruelty and hate directed at me.  —  I left, then, earlier this year …
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 …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Dem voters no longer fighting battle of Iraq  —  The successes of President Bush's troop surge in Iraq are quieting things down in another, unexpected place: the Democratic campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire.  —  When asked, voters in the early presidential states all say the war in Iraq is important to them.
Discussion: TIME and Wonkette
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee still gives paid speeches  —  Breaking with tradition for presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee is continuing to accept paid speaking engagements in the thick of his insurgent presidential campaign, although churches get a break from his usual fee of up to $25,000.
 
 
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NEWS.com.au:
POLICE in Pakistan have stopped a 15-year-old boy they say was …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Favorite quotes of 2007  —  One of the few things I dislike …
The Politico:
The audacity of nope  —  Ron Paul's supporters aren't afraid …
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
Bush signs budget; wants more money for war
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards Campaign's Closing Memo
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Reliving the Florida recount
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Freshmen Padding Their Independence
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Sooner or Later, Candidates Will Surely Look Lost
New York Times:
A One-Size-Fits-All Solution
Discussion: BitsBlog and EconLog
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Holiday Spending Growth at 5 -Year Low
Wall Street Journal:
Same Party, Different Style
Telegraph:
Britain in secret talks with the Taliban
Maggie Fox / Reuters:
Worms infect more poor Americans than thought