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10:45 AM ET, December 29, 2007


 Top Items: 
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Huckabee Slipping  —  WASHINGTON — While public polls show Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney in Iowa, a new survey of an oversized sample shows Huckabee slipping and no longer ahead of Romney.  —  A private corporate interest commissioned a phone bank survey of 15,000 Iowans …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Romney Eyes Huckabee Lead  —  Onetime Favorite Launches 11th-Hour Attacks  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a fresh attack Friday on rival Mike Huckabee, raising the stakes in the tense two-person contest in Iowa that could prove critical to both candidates' hopes of winning the GOP nomination.
Marc Hansen / Des Moines Register:
McCain could be comeback codger  —  Every four years, it seems, one of the presidential candidates left for dead rises from the tomb and surprises everyone on caucus night.  —  Around this time in 2004, John Kerry and John Edwards came alive, finishing first and second.  —  Who will it be this time?
Discussion: The Caucus
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’
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 …
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.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines
Discussion: Eschaton
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” …
New York Times:
In Surprise Step, Bush Is Vetoing a Military Bill  —  CRAWFORD, Tex. — For months President Bush harangued Democrats in Congress for not moving quickly enough to support the troops and for bogging down military bills with unrelated issues.  —  And then on Friday, with no warning …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, MSNBC and Reuters
Greg Giroux / CQ Politics:
Lott's Mississippi Senate Successor Gets Named on Monday  —  There will be a New Year's Eve Senate name-dropping in Mississippi, when Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is scheduled to announce his appointee as the interim replacement to resigned Republican Sen. Trent Lott.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Bill Minor / Clarion-Ledger:
Has Barbour set stage for ‘lifetime job’ for GOP Senate seat?
Discussion: Hattiesburg American
Janny Scott / New York Times:
A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line  —  The 2006 Democratic primary campaign for the presidency of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was vintage Chicago politics.  —  The incumbent was an aging party loyalist, mayoral confederate and institution in black Chicago.
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
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 …
John Edwards: Obama 'Living in Never-Never Land'?
Discussion: Hot Air and TalkLeft
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: New York Post and Horses Mouth
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
Michael Kamber / New York Times:
Shame of Imported Labor in Kurdish North of Iraq  —  SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — The tiny Filipino woman's hands trembled.  She was in hiding, fearing capture at any moment.  —  She and a friend had come to Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish north as guest workers six months earlier.
Discussion: IraqPundit and American Street
Bhutto aide suggests cover-up  —  KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) — A top aide who helped bathe Benazir Bhutto's body after her death said it was clear that the former Pakistani prime minister suffered bullet wounds to her head, contrary to a government report that she died because she hit her head on a sunroof lever.
Discussion: The Impolitic and On Deadline
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture, or is it just annoying our snobs?  —  The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture, by Andrew Keen, New York: Currency, 228 pages, $22.95  —  Andrew Keen's website claims, without a hint of humility …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Britain Drops ‘War on Terror’ Label
Mark Blumenthal /
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Associated Press:
Activists want Bush, Cheney subject to arrest
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Police Sting
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Huckabee Jokes About Cheney Hunting Incident - Then Fires Over Heads Of Reporters
 Earlier Items: 
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama Tops Final Democratic Power Rankings, Edwards and Clinton Tie for Second
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Lets Currency Appreciate a Bit Faster
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Gen. Clark on Obama's Attack on Hillary
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
HC Rushing Bhutto's Forthcoming Book
Discussion: New York Observer
Associated Press:
Australian Guantanamo Convict Released
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMmuckraker
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Bolton denies he is a Huckabee adviser
P.J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Dear Diary, I Think I'm in Love
Discussion: DBKP and QandO