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3:55 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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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
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 …
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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
Redstate:
“Hello.  My name is Jill Lawrence. …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
KRISTOL TO RAVISH GREY LADY
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: The New York Times ‘Should Be Prosecuted,’ 'It Isn't A …
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
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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 …
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 …
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.
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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:   Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House
Primary Monitor Blog:
Monitor endorsements: McCain, Clinton
Discussion: Concord Monitor and Taylor Marsh
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.
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Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:   Edwards pledges not to hire lobbyists
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
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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.
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
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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