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10:15 PM ET, December 30, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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.
New York Times:
Candidates Step Up Attacks in Iowa  —  BOONE, Iowa — The presidential candidates spent the last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses attending church services and staging big rallies to make last-minutes appeals as new polls suggested tightening races in both the Democratic and Republican fields.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Huckabee stands by “Christ” comment  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Mike Huckabee, a Republican relying on support from religious conservatives in Thursday's hard-fought presidential caucuses, on Sunday stood by a decade-old comment in which he said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.”
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“What one's sin is, means it's missing the mark.  It's missing the bull's eye, the perfect point.”  —  Mike Huckabee explains what he means when he says that gay people who do not abstain from sex are sinners.  From today's “Meet the Press": … If he's really not going to import …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO SEX FOR YOU....I had the same read on Mike Huckabee's …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
MSNBC:
Polls: Iowa caucuses too close to call
Discussion: The Caucus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee calls Romney ‘desperate’
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Huckabee says Romney owes him apology  —  DES MOINES — Mike Huckabee told me Sunday that Mitt Romney should apologize for saying “blatantly untrue” things about him.  —  Huckabee also said such an apology would be accepted only if Romney also admitted that he “has not been forthcoming” about his own record.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Leader of Christian Iowa Group Gives Romney His Vote
Discussion: race42008.com
CNN:
Mysterious holiday card spotlights Romney's religion
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Telegraph:
General Petraeus: man with a message of hope  —  The critics said it couldn't be done, but the vision and determination of General David Petraeus have brought greater security and cause for optimism to the people of Iraq.  He is The Sunday Telegraph's Person of the Year.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Giuliani steers clear of political fray  —  CARROLL, N.H. - Largely out of the political debate in Iowa and New Hampshire, Republican Rudy Giuliani tried to turn the bickering among his presidential rivals to his advantage, arguing that voters appreciate candidates who stay positive.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   New Hampshire Race Tightens as Edwards Surges
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, Yahoo! News and TBogg
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Are They That Afraid Of Bill Kristol?
Discussion: Don Surber, PoliGazette and BitsBlog
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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Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Best-Laid Five-Minute Plans of Bill Richardson.  —  It's tempting to rerun my column on Pakistan from a month ago.  Not because I predicted the assassination of Benazir Bhutto or offered any other great insight, but rather for the opposite reason: “Everyone's an expert on Pakistan …
Nashuatelegraph.com:
McCain our choice for GOP nomination  —  Eight years ago, when he was running as a political maverick against Republican establishment candidate George W. Bush, we endorsed John McCain for the GOP nomination for president of the United States.  —  We did so because of his integrity.
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: Needlenose and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Little Green Footballs:
New Video: The Bhutto Shooting  —  The latest video of the assassination, from another angle, provides evidence that Benazir Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet.  —  (Video player requires Flash Player.)
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
 
 
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
The Passion of the Fred  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Bloomberg Moves Closer to Running for President
Reason.tv:
Roger Stone  —  On November 28, reason sat down for a discussion …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Muslim smear, version 2.0
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Edwards Fights to the Finish
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The 2007 International Privacy Ranking
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton “not surprised” by Huckabee's rise
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
Spot the Fallacy  —  A profile in today's WaPo of an Iowa …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Bloomberg Seeks New Way to Decide Who Is Poor
Dallas Morning News:
2007 DMN Texan of the Year: The Illegal Immigrant
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Edwards has Pakistan on the brain
Discussion: The New Republic and The Swamp
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Romney re-takes lead, Dems tied
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?
Inside Higher Ed:
A Moderate MLA  —  The Modern Language Association frequently helps …