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2:35 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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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
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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PROJECTION FROM THE FEVER SWAMP....Andrew Sullivan posted …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Redstate and Daily Pundit
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
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 …
Soccer Dad:
But how do you explain ...  Boker Tov Boulder notes that Salam Fayyad is hitting some of the right notes in his response to the murder of 2 Israelis on Friday.  (BtB also observes that unlike some earlier reports the two murdered Israelis were not “settlers.”
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
 
 
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