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3:55 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 …
Matt / Think Progress:
Huckabee: 'I Don't Know' If People Are ‘Born’ Gay, But It's A ‘Choice’ To Act Gay  —  On NBC's Meet The Press this morning, host Tim Russert asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee if he believed “people are born gay or choose to be gay?"  “I don't know whether people are born that way …
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!?
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO SEX FOR YOU....I had the same read on Mike Huckabee's “Meet the Press” appearance this morning as ThinkProgress: … I see.  So, Huckabee doesn't actually care if someone is gay, he cares whether or not gays are celibate.  —  And here I thought his years of bizarre criticism of the gay community were a sign of intolerance.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Huck survives Russert, dings Mitt, cuts new ads
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee calls Romney ‘desperate’
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
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The Corner:
Re: Kristol's New Column  —  I mostly agree with Jonathan.  I think Kristol's a perfectly good addition to the Times' op-ed page and I'm happy for him.  I'm also enjoying the rage the hire is causing.  I suspect, however, that there will be more daylight between Brooks and Kristol than people might think.
Discussion: Exurban League and TBogg
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Are They That Afraid Of Bill Kristol?
Discussion: BitsBlog and Oliver Willis
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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Manystrom / dailypaul.com:
Let's Put On Our Thinking Caps
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.
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: Balloon Juice
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 candor
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 …
Redstate:
Getting the Story Straight  —  Every once in a while I am more thankful than ever for today's technology which allows me to talk to you directly instead of having to go through the filter of the main stream media.  —  Some of them are intent on making the outcome of the campaign dependent upon their pre-conceived notions.
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.
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
 
 
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Discussion: Betsy's Page and Daily Pundit
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Edwards has Pakistan on the brain
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