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1:30 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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USA Today:
Thompson: Doesn't like campaign process, ‘will not be devastated’ if he loses  —  Bill Theobald of Gannett News Service has been following Republican Fred Thompson around Iowa.  In a dispatch today from Burlington, Bill quotes the former Tennessee senator as saying he doesn't like modern campaigning …
Discussion: Fred File
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CNN:
Thompson: ‘Not particularly interested in running for president’  —  (CNN) — Republican Fred Thompson has long faced criticism he lacks motivation to be President of the United States, but the Tennessee Republican's latest comments Saturday are likely to spawn fresh heat.
The Campaign Spot:
Fred Thompson, Knifed By Half-Quotes Again
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Macsmind
Redstate:
“Hello.  My name is Jill Lawrence. …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
James Pindell / Boston Globe:
Paul: Fox News is ‘scared of me’  —  PLAISTOW, N.H. — Ron Paul said the decision to exclude him from a debate on Fox News Sunday the weekend before the New Hampshire Primary is proof that the network “is scared” of him.  —  “They are scared of me and don't want my message to get out …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Ron Paul rips Fox News as ‘propangadists for war.’  —  Fox News will reportedly exclude Ron Paul from an upcoming forum of Republican candidates to be broadcast on January 6, 2008.  The Boston Globe's James Pindell reports Paul's response:
Don Surber:
The no Ron Paul zone
Discussion: PoliGazette
Editor and Publisher:
Kristol Mess?  It's Official —'NYT' Explains Hiring New ‘Op-Ed’ Wag  —  NEW YORK A day after the Huffington Post first reported it, The New York Times has announced that it has indeed hired conservative pundit, and Fox News analyst, Bill Kristol, as a new regular op-ed columnist.
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KRISTOL TO RAVISH GREY LADY
New York Times:
Days Before Voting, Gloves Come Off  —  DES MOINES — In the last weekend before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican presidential candidates are bloodying the field with a blizzard of negative attacks, showing the strains of a wide-open and unpredictable race.
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New York Times:   Courting Iowa's Undecided Voters With a Late Push
Primary Monitor Blog:
Monitor endorsements: McCain, Clinton
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Candidates Digging for a Deeper Pool of Iowa Voters
Discussion: The Politico
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Bipartisan Group Eyes Independent Bid  —  First, Main Candidates Urged To Plan ‘Unity’ Government  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans …
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House  —  ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger reports: If she makes it to the White House, Sen. Hillary Clinton said today her husband will take on the same responsibilities as traditional presidential spouses, with no access to National Security Council meetings.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Shake, Rattle and Roil the Grand Ol' Coalition  —  AS a Republican presidential primary candidate, Mike Huckabee is a puzzle.  —  A Southern Baptist pastor and thoroughgoing social conservative, Mr. Huckabee has struck a distinctly populist chord when it comes to economics.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Publius Endures
New York Times:
Tapes by C.I.A. Lived and Died to Save Image  —  WASHINGTON — If Abu Zubaydah, a senior operative of Al Qaeda, died in American hands, Central Intelligence Agency officers pursuing the terrorist group knew that much of the world would believe they had killed him.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Is Defying Easy Answers  —  New immigration and the political reaction against it are nearly as old as the United States itself.  Yet the immigration surge of the last decade has awakened tensions of unexpected intensity that have pervaded the presidential campaigns of both parties …
Discussion: Lonewacko
Talia Dekel / Jerusalem Post:
IDF: Chemicals were disguised as EU aid  —  The IDF and Shin Bet uncovered 6.5 tons of potassium nitrate hidden in sacks that were disguised as aid from the European Union, the army announced on Saturday.  —  Security forces discovered the stash in the cargo of a Palestinian truck at a West Bank checkpoint earlier in December.
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S DUMBEST LEGAL ARGUMENTS OF THE YEAR.  —  This time last year, I offered up a top 10 list of the most appalling civil-liberties violations by the Bush administration in 2006.  The grim truth is, not much has changed.  The Bush administration continues to limit our basic freedoms …
Scott Ott / A Townhall.com user blog:
Bhutto Killing Puts EuroLeaders On Notice: Time to Choose  —  The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has put on notice the leaders of every European nation.  —  Your secularism, your democracy will not stand.  The growing Muslim populations in your own lands that you have done so much to tolerate …
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Has Heart, And It May Be Enough
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Washington Post:
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Protesters could disrupt Rose Parade
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
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Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
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Gateway Pundit:
Poor Iranian Regime Falls Victim To Pwning
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Edwards pledges not to hire lobbyists
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He Could Care Less About Obama's Story
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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Torture — what's it good for?  —  One little post …
Discussion: Vox Popoli