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9:10 AM ET, December 29, 2007

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Jesus H Christ / The Huffington Post:
Bill Kristol To Become New York Times Columnist In 2008  —  The Huffington Post has learned that, in a move bound to create controversy, the New York Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will become a weekly columnist in 2008.  Kristol, a prominent neo-conservative who recently departed …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Crisis Overseas Is Sudden Test for Candidates  —  WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — For the presidential candidates, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has emerged as a ghoulish sort of test: a chance to project leadership and competence — or not — on a fast-moving and nuanced foreign policy issue.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Brendan Nyhan
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Dodd unloads on Obama and Clinton  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Chris Dodd is a warm and friendly guy, a charmer, a hail fellow well met.  But when he hits you, he wants to raise a bruise.  —  And he hit both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at an afternoon rally at his headquarters Friday, less than a week before the Iowa caucus.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines
Discussion: Eschaton
Kagro X / Daily Kos:
Bush claims Senate's pro forma sessions don't count  —  That veto George W. Bush threatened of the Defense authorization bill?  The one with the troops' pay raise in it?  —  He hasn't even got the stones to put his signature to it: … That's right, civics fans: Bush is claiming this is a …
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Invisible Blogger  —  The sidewalks of Harlem's main thoroughfares are wide and inviting, and in the 1960s the kids playing “boxball” shared the asphalt squares with some of the greatest orators in creation.  The most famous spot for speechifying was the “Speakers' Corner” …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’  —  Manchester, N.H. - The back and forth has been fast and furious since former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacked Sen. John McCain in an ad this morning, accusing him of voting against tax cuts and trying to give illegal immigrants Social Security benefits.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Politico
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?  —  Edwards Criticizes Rivals as the Campaign in Iowa Enters the Home Stretch  —  In a wide-ranging, free-wheeling interview with Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards with ABC News Friday afternoon, the former North Carolina senator labeled …
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ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards offers a 527 letter, too
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani, Seeking to Gain Ground, Returns to a Familiar Theme: 9/11  —  FORT DODGE, Iowa — With his campaign hitting a rocky patch just before the first votes are cast, Rudolph W. Giuliani is returning to the themes that transformed him from a lame-duck mayor of New York City …
Discussion: Horses Mouth
Associated Press:
Activists want Bush, Cheney subject to arrest  —  MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.  —  A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser  —  In recent days, Mike Huckabee has tried to answer long-standing questions about who is on his foreign policy team.  On Friday morning, he listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Gen. Clark on Obama's Attack on Hillary  —  Gen. Wesley Clark today: … Here's another tidbit of information.  On December 12, 2007, Katie Couric asked the candidates which country frightened them the most.  Barack Obama answered “Iran."  Hillary answered “Pakistan."  From the transcript (available on Lexis.com):
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Police Sting  —  Firefighter Busted for Exposing Himself to Sunbather Appeals ‘Entrapment’ Conviction  —  Law enforcement officials say that sting operations like these are an extremely effective means of lowering crime rates and stopping the criminally minded before they commit worse offenses.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Lets Currency Appreciate a Bit Faster  —  HONG KONG — China's currency rose steeply against the dollar this week, feeding speculation that Chinese authorities, yielding to international pressure and economic realities at home, were allowing their currency to appreciate more rapidly.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Michael Yon:
News flash for Osama bin Laden  —  Here's a news flash for Osama bin Laden, who earlier today released a call " to guerrilla forces in Mesopotamia. “  —  I have directly observed how more and more Iraqis have grown to hate al Qaeda as much as Americans do.
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Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad  —  A new Pizza Hut ad (see YouTube video above) that uses slices of presidential debate commentary to tout a cut-rate pizza deal has angered backers of Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.  —  “Are people seeing lower prices now?” …
Discussion: Rox Populi and Cliff Schecter
Bill Minor / Clarion-Ledger:
Has Barbour set stage for ‘lifetime job’ for GOP Senate seat?  —  At the height of the holidays, Gov. Haley Barbour merrily trampled years of precedents and legal stops to hand the Mississippi Republican Party a shiny Christmas gift labeled “U.S. Senate Seat for Life.”
Discussion: Hattiesburg American
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee Jokes About Cheney Hunting Incident - Then Fires Over Heads Of Reporters  —  John posted a story from The Huckster's hunting trip earlier this week, and now details of a disturbing incident that occurred that day are starting to come out.  Apparently, Huckabee was asked …
 
 
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
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David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama Tops Final Democratic Power Rankings, Edwards and Clinton Tie for Second
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
HC Rushing Bhutto's Forthcoming Book
Discussion: New York Observer
Associated Press:
Australian Guantanamo Convict Released
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMmuckraker
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy Surrogate: “I Don't Subscribe To The Principle That There …
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money
Discussion: MyDD and The Politico
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Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  State Department spokesman Tom Casey told …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee claims cash gusher
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love
Discussion: DBKP
Munir Ahmad / Associated Press:
Pakistan: Bhutto Died of Skull Fracture
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers