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2:00 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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Lynn Sweet:
Obama says, “No, I, I, I, I, I have to, I heard, I heard, I don't need it, I don't need to hear what you read because I was, I overheard it when he said it."  —  DES MOINES, IA.—The Obama campaign faced a distraction on Thursday after some news outlets ran stories suggesting chief Obama …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
The Corner:   Democracy in Pakistan  —  Judging what the people of Pakistan …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama and Pakistan  —  I've got a piece up on Politico summing …
Discussion: TalkLeft and CNN Political Ticker
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Be Reasonable  —  As Iowa sizes up the candidates, so do I.  —  By next week politically active Iowans will have met and tallied their votes.  Their decision this year will have a huge impact on the 2008 election, and a decisive impact on various candidacies.  Some will be done in.  Some will be made.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Peggy Noonan is a serious “grown-up”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  In her Wall St. Journal column today, Peggy Noonan offers up a Santa-like checklist of which presidential candidates are “reasonable” and which ones aren't.  In describing the attributes that Americans …
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's “don't ask” policy  —  As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillary Clinton is taking few chances.  She tells crowds that it's their turn to “pick a president,” but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards reaches new heights in Iowa  —  DES MOINES - John Edwards appears to have risen to a new highpoint in Iowa, marking an upward trend over the past two weeks that places him in a statistical tie with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  —  A new Strategic Vision poll released Friday finds …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Elizabeth vs. Obama
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi, Reid, Huckabee, Obama Among Nation's “Most Corrupt”  —  Judicial Watch has named its ten most corrupt political figures of 2007, and the list may surprise.  It includes a number of very well-known politicians who have received little attention for their questionable business deals.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems protest Bush's surprise veto of defense bill  —  At the behest of the Iraqi government, President Bush will veto the annual defense authorization bill, saying an obscure provision in the legislation could make Iraqi assets held in U.S. banks vulnerable to lawsuits.
Discussion: USA Today and michellemalkin.com
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trouble With Trade  —  While the United States has long imported oil and other raw materials from the third world, we used to import manufactured goods mainly from other rich countries like Canada, European nations and Japan.  —  But recently we crossed an important watershed …
Los Angeles Times:
What price Oprah?  —  The popular TV personality helps Barack Obama draw big crowds while her fans fume.  —  WITH less than a week until Iowa's first vote is cast in the 2008 presidential election, the politicians aren't the only ones feeling the heat: Celebrities, who have become important players …
Discussion: Say Anything and JammieWearingFool
O.Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Huckabee calls for border crackdown in response to Bhutto's assassination  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says the assassination of Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto underscores the need to secure the America's borders to prevent potential terror attacks here.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fred to go back on air  —  Team Fred has apparently found enough quarters in the couch to get back on TV in Iowa.  —  Actually, it was more like the multiple fundraising emails they've blasted it out over the past few days.  —  They'll be up with “Substance” by tomorrrow in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Hot Air
 
 
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Huckabee's muzzle control problem
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