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8:25 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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CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's ‘Most Admired Man’
Discussion: Political Machine
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton out with ‘Stakes’ ad
Discussion: The Swamp
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 over at NRO's Corner continue the holiday spirit by passing on scraps of praise for his misshapen troll of a book, Liberal Fascism: From Jackboots to Joy Behar, to buck up his morale for the mockery and abuse waiting ahead.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Whiskey Fire
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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Byron York / The Corner:
The Romney Anti-Endorsement
Discussion: TownHall Blog
New Hampshire Union Leader:
The Romney backlash: Conservatives are coming home
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 …
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Michael J. Totten:
A Fresh Look at Hezbollah
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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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IraqPundit:   Dude, Where's My Story?
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 …
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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.
Discussion: MyDD and NO QUARTER
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama ups the ante in Iowa  —  MASON CITY, Iowa — One week before Iowans gather for the first-in-the-nation caucus, Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that his message of change has already been “vindicated."  —  Obama made the declaration at the outset of a critical final push in Iowa …
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards' Closing Argument: I'm The True Fighter For Middle Class  —  In a new internal memo to supporters, Edwards deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince has laid out the campaign's closing argument in Iowa.  —  The closing slogan is, “America Rising: Fighting for the Middle Class,” …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Edwards Campaign's Closing Memo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Favorite quotes of 2007  —  One of the few things I dislike more than end-of-the-year “looking back” lists is the incessant chatter and worthless speculation over the upcoming primaries.  But that chatter and speculation is inundating everything.  Thus, I offer some of my favorite quotes of 2007:
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 …
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
The Villainy of Non-Rape  —  Remember, intellectual sophistication and penetration is best indexed by the depth of perversity: … Here's hoping Columbia snap this one up.  Cupid Stunt.
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
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Giuliani doctor: All tests normal  —  Manchester, N.H. - Not surprisingly, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's doctor says all is well with the Republican presidential candidate.  —  Last week, Giuliani was en route to New York when his plane turned around and returned to St. Louis.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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