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8:20 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iowa: Edwards surges, Huckabees bubble bursts  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — John Edwards has clawed his way into contention to win Iowa's caucuses on Thursday in the first vote for the Democratic presidential nomination, gaining strength even as rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have lost ground, according to a new McClatchy-MSNBC poll.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Derides Outside Spending  —  For much of the last week, Barack Obama has alleged that the series of independent organizations spending money on behalf of his main Democratic rivals in Iowa raise real questions about those candidates' commitment to serious reform of the political process.
Associated Press:
Iowa could make or break Democrats
Discussion: konagod and Big Brass Blog
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Ad Omits Lobbyist Reference
Discussion: The Caucus and NO QUARTER
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama robocall: HRC's ‘misleading attacks’
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Trail
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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New York Times:
The Times Adds an Op-Ed Columnist  —  William Kristol, one of the nation's leading conservative writers and a vigorous supporter of the Iraq war, will become an Op-Ed page columnist for The New York Times, the newspaper announced Saturday.  —  Mr. Kristol will write a weekly column for The Times beginning Jan. 7, the newspaper said.
Discussion: TVNewser and NewsBusters.org
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Times defends hiring conservative Kristol  —  The New York Times' hiring of Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol to write for its op-ed page caused a frenzy in the liberal blogosphere Friday night, with threats of canceling subscriptions and claims that the Gray Lady had been hijacked by neo-cons
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.
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The Campaign Spot:   Fred Thompson, Knifed By Half-Quotes Again
Redstate:
“Hello.  My name is Jill Lawrence. …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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 …
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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Don Surber:
The no Ron Paul zone
Discussion: PoliGazette
Faiz / Think Progress:
Ron Paul rips Fox News as ‘propangadists for war.’
Discussion: DBKP
Concord Monitor:
Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' best choice  —  December 29.  —  Immediately after taking office, President Hillary Clinton would begin preparations to withdraw American troops from Iraq.  —  She would send a message to world leaders that the United States intends to rejoin the community of nations.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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Primary Monitor Blog:
Monitor endorsements: McCain, Clinton
Discussion: Concord Monitor and Taylor Marsh
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:   Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House
New York Times:
Courting Iowa's Undecided Voters With a Late Push  —  CLINTON, Iowa — On the final weekend before Iowa's presidential caucuses, the Democratic contenders tangled over electability Saturday as the leading Republican candidates delivered fresh attacks on their rivals, hoping to nudge undecided voters …
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Dallas Morning News:
2007 DMN Texan of the Year: The Illegal Immigrant  —  He is at the heart of a great culture war in Texas - and the nation, credited with bringing us prosperity and blamed for abusing our resources.  How should we deal with this stranger among us?  —  He breaks the law by his very presence.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Is Defying Easy Answers
Discussion: Lonewacko
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
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Has Heart, And It May Be Enough  —  INDIANOLA, IOWA — A string of foreign policy gaffes has made it clear to the national political press corps that Mike Huckabee is manifestly unqualified to be president.  Those questions dogged Huckabee at a press conference in Iowa today …
Discussion: BitsBlog and Boston Globe
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Bin Laden issues warning on Iraq, Israel  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and vowed to expand the terror group's holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening “blood for blood, destruction for destruction.”
 
 
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