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3:30 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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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.
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New York Times:
With New Poll Results, Candidates Scramble for Edge in Caucuses  —  NEWTON, Iowa — The presidential candidates spent the last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses attending church services, staging big rallies and sniping at one another as new polls suggested tightening races in both the Democratic and Republican fields.
New York Times:   Candidates Step Up Attacks in Iowa
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   New Hampshire Race Tightens as Edwards Surges
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Leader of Christian Iowa Group Gives Romney His Vote
Discussion: race42008.com
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Opposition Parties Vow to Proceed With Jan. 8 Election  —  NAUDERO, Pakistan — Three days after the violent killing of its leader, Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's largest political party on Sunday picked her 19-year-old son to succeed her as chairman and vowed to forge ahead with elections next week …
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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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“What one's sin is, means it's missing the mark. …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Vox Popoli
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ANTI-MILITARY LAWYER DAMAGES MARINE'S CAR ON EVE OF DEPLOYMENT  —  This ought to make your blood boil.  And this Marine should receive a commendation for not kicking the living crap out of the guy...seriously.  —  Marine Sgt Mike McNulty is on activation orders to Iraq (second tour).
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Bloomberg Moves Closer to Running for President  —  Buoyed by the still unsettled field, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City is growing increasingly enchanted with the idea of making an independent presidential bid, and his aides are aggressively laying the groundwork for him to run.
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Thompson Makes His Move  —  On the Internet as of sometime this afternoon, Fred Thompson's closing argument to the people of Iowa.  —  Whereas Romney is saturating the airwaves with attack ads, Thompson pays the voters the courtesy of speaking calmly, and in detail—the video runs to just over 15 minutes.
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.
Don Surber:
France stands up to Syria  —  No scarf for Sarkozy as he suspends diplomatic relations — over the Lebanese elections.  —  Nicolas Sarkozy — L'Americain — continues to show more courage in his little pinky than the Democratic Party combined when it comes to the War on Terrorism.
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.)
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Iowa Here We Come  —  In the airport on my way to Des Moines, where Jeralyn Merritt and I will be bringing you the latest dish from the Iowa caucuses.  In what feels like a replay of last January's Libby trial, David Shuster is on my plane.  (Coincidence?  I think not.)
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
 
 
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Daniel W. Drezner / Los Angeles Times:
Should celebrities set the global agenda?
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Reason.tv:
Roger Stone  —  On November 28, reason sat down for a discussion …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Muslim smear, version 2.0
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Edwards Fights to the Finish
CNN:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton “not surprised” by Huckabee's rise
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
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
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Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Edwards has Pakistan on the brain
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Romney re-takes lead, Dems tied
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
The Corner:
Re: Kristol's New Column
Discussion: TBogg and Exurban League
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PROJECTION FROM THE FEVER SWAMP....Andrew Sullivan posted …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?
Andrew Cline / Opinion Journal:
Ron Beats Rudy?
Walter Russell Mead / Los Angeles Times:
The great fall of China