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1:35 PM ET, December 29, 2007

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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: Captain's Quarters and Power Line
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY....In October, David Brooks, in an otherwise fawning column about Mike Huckabee, conceded that “his foreign policy thinking is thin."  That was obviously a dramatic understatement.  —  Earlier this month, he didn't know what the National Intelligence Estimate was.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Remarks on Pakistan Are Tailing Huckabee
Marc Hansen / Des Moines Register:
McCain could be comeback codger
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN:
Bhutto exhumation okay, Pakistan official says  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistani government has no problem with officials from Benazir Bhutto's political party exhuming the slain opposition leader's body if they see a need to do so, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
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Telegraph:
Pakistan offers to exhume Benazir Bhutto  —  The Pakistan government today offered to exhume the body of Benazir Bhutto, as the row over the murdered opposition leader's cause of death intensified.  —  The Interior Ministry claims the former leader died after hitting her head …
Washington Post:
The Pakistan Test  —  Some presidential candidates show they can respond quickly to a foreign policy crisis.  Some flunk or foul.  —  THE ASSASSINATION of Benazir Bhutto presented U.S. presidential candidates with a test: Could they respond cogently and clearly to a sudden foreign policy crisis?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, TalkLeft and CNN
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: The New York Times ‘Should Be Prosecuted,’ 'It Isn't A First-Rate Newspaper'  —  For years, Bill Kristol has been at the forefront of a vitriolic right-wing crusade against the New York Times.  Sadly, the Times has chosen to reward him for it.  —  After the New York Times …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Kristol gets an unearned promotion  —  Recently cast off from Time magazine, presumably for writing shallow, predictable tripe, the Weekly Standard's William Kristol is getting a promotion of sorts. … If the report is accurate, and Kristol is joining the Times' roster …
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 …
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” …
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Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
NY Times Magazine: Steven Gilliard Jr.  —  Steve Gilliard.  —  NY Times Magazine photo courtesy of the Gilliard family.  —  Our Friend & Mentor, Steve Gilliard  —  God, I miss Gilly.  —  Every day, every week.  —  There's a tendency to put the dead up on pedestals.  It isn't like that.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Democrats rip Bush's pocket veto of military policy bill  —  KEY REASON: One aspect of law could have led to legal claims against Iraq  —  (12-29) 04:00 PST Crawford, Texas —  For months, President Bush harangued Democrats in Congress for not moving quickly enough to support the troops …
Michelle Malkin:
Impeachment Watch: Extreme BDS in Vermont  —  Frustrated by the failure of the Dem leadership to carry through with impeachment, some Bush-haters in Brattleboro, Vermont want to subject President Bush and VP Cheney to arrest if they set foot in their town.  Consider it sort of a do-it-yourself impeachment alternative:
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Associated Press:
Girl won Hannah Montana tickets with fake essay  —  GARLAND, Texas (AP) — An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: “My daddy died this year in Iraq."  —  While gripping, it was not true — and now the girl may lose her tickets …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Blogs of War
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
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Greg Giroux / CQ Politics:
Lott's Mississippi Senate Successor Gets Named on Monday
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Military.com:
Britain Drops ‘War on Terror’ Label  —  The words “war on terror” will no longer be used by the British government to describe attacks on the public, the country's chief prosecutor said Dec. 27.  —  Sir Ken Macdonald said terrorist fanatics were not soldiers fighting a war but simply members of an aimless “death cult.”
 
 
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
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Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:
A Milestone in Iraq You Won't See in the Paper
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Pope's exorcist squads will wage war on Satan
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Millions in Earmarks Purchase Little of Use
Joy Lin / CBS News:
Huckabee Ties Bhutto's Assassination to Illegal Immigration
Associated Press:
PA: Terrorists sought to sabotage talks
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ROMNEY'S POINT, PART 2
 Earlier Items: 
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Michael Kamber / New York Times:
Shame of Imported Labor in Kurdish North of Iraq
Discussion: IraqPundit and American Street
Janny Scott / New York Times:
A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Returns to a Familiar Theme: 9/11
Discussion: New York Post and Horses Mouth
Sabrina Eaton / OPENERS:
Kucinich backers mad over Pizza Hut ad
Discussion: Rox Populi and Cliff Schecter
David Harsanyi / Reason:
The Amateurs' Hour  —  Is the Internet destroying our culture …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
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