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1:15 PM 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 …
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee calls Romney ‘desperate’
Discussion: The Swamp
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:   In final days, focus turns to key voters
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 Talking Points Memo
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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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: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House
Discussion: BitsBlog
Primary Monitor Blog:
Monitor endorsements: McCain, Clinton
Discussion: MSNBC, Concord Monitor and Taylor Marsh
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Corrente and Norwegianity
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Bipartisan Group Eyes Independent Bid
Walter Russell Mead / Los Angeles Times:
The great fall of China  —  Revised GDP calculations show that Beijing isn't the giant we thought it was.  —  The most important story to come out of Washington recently had nothing to do with the endless presidential campaign.  And although the media largely ignored it, the story changes the world.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Andrew Cline / Opinion Journal:
Ron Beats Rudy?  —  New Hampshire could surprise a lot of people.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—For several hours last Sunday, more than a dozen Ron Paul volunteers stood in snowdrifts in the rain outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester waving at last-minute Christmas shoppers and handing out hundreds of yards signs.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
CNN:
Mysterious holiday card spotlights Romney's religion  —  (CNN) - A holiday card that falsely claims to be from “the Romney family” and highlights Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was anonymously sent to Republican mailboxes across South Carolina earlier this week.  —  The source of the card is unknown.
Simon Robinson / Time:
Bhutto's Successor  —  Benazir Bhutto's son has been anointed her successor, the slain former prime minister's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) confirmed today.  A senior PPP official had told TIME late Saturday that Bhutto's 19-year-old son, Bilawal, would likely be named as her political heir and the new party leader on Sunday.
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Townhall.com:
Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in Iowa
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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