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2:45 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 …
MSNBC:
Mike Huckabee (R) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, this is it, the Iowa caucuses just four days away.  Democrats Clinton, Edwards and Obama locked in a tight battle; Republicans Huckabee and Romney fighting for victory.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee calls Romney ‘desperate’
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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
The Corner:
Re: Kristol's New Column
Discussion: Exurban League
Media Matters for America:   Huff Po: Bill Kristol to Become New York Times Columnist
Editor and Publisher:
Kristol Mess? It's Official —'NYT' Explains Hiring New ‘Op-Ed’ Wag
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.
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William Westmiller / Nolan Chart:
Ron Paul NOT excluded from Fox debate  —  One of the hazards of instant mass communication is that incorrect stories can get distributed immediately.  A particular hazard during holiday vacations.  —  There is NO NH DEBATE on January 6th.  Ron Paul was NOT EXCLUDED.  That event was canceled three weeks ago.
Manystrom / dailypaul.com:
Let's Put On Our Thinking Caps
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PROJECTION FROM THE FEVER SWAMP....Andrew Sullivan posted this email from a Republican reader today: … Whatever else you think about the Clinton vs. Obama question, this is almost certainly wrong.  Among the activist liberal base — the people who are the loudest and angriest about what George Bush …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
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Washington Post:
Warning of Threats, Clinton Sells Clinton
Discussion: On Deadline
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.
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
Townhall.com:
Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in Iowa
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
THOMSPON PUNISHED FOR BREAKING THE MOLD  —  Fred Thompson says he is “not consumed by personal ambition."  He says that he won't slit his wrists if he loses the presidency.  He says “I'm not particularly interested in running for president, but I think I'd make a good president.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck survives Russert, dings Mitt, cuts new ads  —  Mike Huckabee took no real blows during his appearance on “Meet the Press” this morning and survived what amounted to a quiz on Pakistan.  —  Plainly having boned up for his much-anticipated appearance, Huckabee offered a degree of fluency …
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Romney re-takes lead, Dems tied  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  DES MOINES, IA — Want further proof that negative advertising works?  After nearly two weeks of Romney airing TV ads in the this state criticizing his records on immigration and crime …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?  —  Faith, the faith healer, is twirling a crystal over my green couch.  —  The pendulum is hovering above a chart, pointing to sources of negative energy in my house that need to be cleared.  —  The pendulum quivers and swings and slows and finally settles above the word “Curses.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Whiskey Fire
 
 
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