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11:55 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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Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Clinton Leads Dems; GOP Deadlocked  —  Race is close on both sides of the aisle, as Obama challenges Clinton and Romney challenges Huckabee  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Hillary Clinton leads narrowly among likely caucus-goers in Iowa, while the race …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee calls Romney ‘desperate’  —  Four days before the Iowa caucuses, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday lashed out at Mitt Romney as desperate, dishonorable and dishonest — a notable change in tone that reflects signs Huckabee's amazing insurgency has peaked.
Discussion: The Swamp
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Clinton leads in Iowa; Huckabee, Romney even: Poll  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead in Iowa four days before the state opens the presidential nominating race, while Republicans Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are virtually tied, according to a Reuters/C-Span/Zogby poll released on Sunday.
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
In final days, focus turns to key voters  —  The answers to two questions could determine the winners of the Iowa caucuses.  —  For Democrats: Which campaign will attract the most first-time caucusgoers?  —  For Republicans: Does Mike Huckabee have the organization to support his lead in the polls?
New York Times:
Courting Iowa's Undecided Voters With a Late Push
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Are They That Afraid Of Bill Kristol?  —  The New York Times decided to bring another conservative commentator aboard their flailing op-ed pages, still recovering from their years-long cloister of TimesSelect.  They chose Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard, whose run at Time Magazine recently came to an end.
Discussion: BitsBlog and NewsBusters.org
Yahoo! News:
Bill Kristol Gets New York Times Op-Ed Slot
Discussion: The Corner, Exurban League and MoJoBlog
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 …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bipartisan Zombies  —  It was inevitable.  I wrote about it right after the 2006 election —  as soon as the Republicans lost power, I knew the gasbags would insist that it's time to let bygones be bygones and meet the Republicans halfway in the spirit of a new beginning.
Washington Post:
Warning of Threats, Clinton Sells Clinton  —  Ex-President Emphasizes Wife's Experience  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Former president Bill Clinton yesterday delivered in stark terms a version of his wife's central campaign message: that her experience in Washington better prepares her to “deal with the unexpected.”
Discussion: On Deadline
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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House
Discussion: BitsBlog
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Did McCain call Romney a 'pig'?  —  DOVER, N.H. — As Senator John McCain rolled down a New Hampshire highway today in his “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus, he listened to a description of the latest attack on him by his chief rival in this state's primary, Mitt Romney.
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:   Analysis: Romney and the candor gap
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
Inside Higher Ed:
A Moderate MLA  —  The Modern Language Association frequently helps out its critics with provocative session titles and left-leaning political stands offered by its members.  At this year's annual meeting, in Chicago, some MLA members have worried that the association was poised to take stances …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Israpundit
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
 
 
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