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5:30 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huckabee won't air negative ads  —  In a surprise move, Mike Huckabee said today that he won't air negative ads against Mitt Romney.  —  Claiming that he changed his mind this morning, Huckabee told reporters gathered in anticipation of seeing the spots that he would no longer attack Romney off the air …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck's instant classic  —  Mike Huckabee's move to not run ads hitting back at Mitt Romney is a risky move that could rejuvenate his fading campaign — or ensure his defeat on Thursday.  —  >> Check out the press conference slideshow  —  That Huckabee still showed the spot to dozens …
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Huckabust  —  Just when you think the Republican presidential race can't get weirder...Mike Huckabee holds a press conference here to announce that he'd just made a last minute decision not to air a negative TV ad slamming Romney.  —  And then he airs the ad (Video courtesy of Mark Halperin who was setting in the row behund me).
Discussion: MSNBC
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Huckabee's Remarkable Play  —  DES MOINES — Talk about political jujitsu!  —  Mike Huckabee is holding a press conference right now in which he was supposed to unveil a new negative ad against arch rival Mitt Romney.  —  But Mr. Huckabee came to the press conference and announced …
Discussion: Blogs of War, QandO and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Decides Not To Air Those Nasty Ads...And Then Airs A Nasty Ad  —  The Romney campaign is already calling this a “meltdown."  Whatever it is, it's a little bizarre.  —  So Mike Huckabee schedules a news conference to talk about the negative ads he's decided to run against Mitt Romney.
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Huckabee's Morning Run
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck picks up more priceless pics
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Hillary says she risked life on White House trips  —  VINTON, Iowa - Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton's eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she's looked for an opening to strike back.  —  On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced …
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Chelsea Clinton Guards Her Words  —  VINTON, Iowa (AP) - It's one thing for Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign to turn down interview requests for the candidate's daughter, Chelsea.  But can't a 9-year-old reporter catch a break?  —  Sydney Rieckhoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics
Elizabeth Drew / The Politico:
First what?  —  In all the excitement over the prospect …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
In Iowa, Will Edwards Divide and Conquer?  —  While the Democratic race has often, and quite accurately, been described as a choice between change (Barack Obama and John Edwards) and experience (Hillary Rodham Clinton), it has, in the final days before Iowa, become another kind of choice as well.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Decoding the Obama Conference Call  —  Like other people on that Obama conference call today, I noticed campaign manager David Plouffe spending an awful lot of time talking about why a vote for John Edwards is essentially a wasted vote, since (Plouffe claimed) he doesn't really have the resources …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Marc Ambinder and PoliGazette
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Takes “Dig” At Edwards' Trial Lawyer Past
Discussion: The Trail
Peter Galbraith / Guardian:
Pakistan may not make it  —  The country's future now depends on a power struggle between the army and Bhutto's son  —  With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's survival depends on the outcome of a struggle between the army and Bhutto's Pakistan People's party, now headed by her 19-year-old son Bilawal.
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New York Times:
Looking at America  —  There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country.  Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators …
Jack Elliott Jr / Associated Press:
Miss. congressman replacing Sen. Lott  —  JACKSON, Miss, - Gov. Haley Barbour on Monday announced his choice for Trent Lott's replacement in the Senate: Rep. Roger Wicker, a conservative congressman.  —  Barbour said it was important to select a person with Lott's “conservative values” …
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Douglas Feiden / NY Daily News:
Bedbug epidemic attacks New York City  —  A bedbug epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City - striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov. Spitzer's father, the Daily News has learned.  —  The blood-sucking nocturnal creatures have infested a Park Ave. penthouse …
Discussion: Gothamist and Wizbang
New York Post:
HOIST BY THEIR OWN PETARD  —  For the past 20 years, the Media Research Center has been compiling its list of notable quotables.  The quotes, from prominent members of the mainstream news media, provide a clear window into the leftist mindset that pervades most of America's large news organizations.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Divide  —  Yesterday The Times published a highly informative chart laying out the positions of the presidential candidates on major issues.  It was, I'd argue, a useful reality check for those who believe that the next president can somehow usher in a new era of bipartisan cooperation.
Stephanie Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Mortgage crisis takes a bite out of states and cities  —  Tax revenue is down considerably across the nation, creating budget shortfalls and forcing hard choices on what to cut.  —  DENVER — Dozens of states, counties and cities across the nation will enter the new year facing deep …
William Safire / New York Times:
The Office Pool, 2008  —  THIS is the 34th annual office pool in this space, a New Year's tradition that has become the most excruciating multiple-choice prediction test in world media.  Nostradamus himself couldn't score over 50 percent.  Last year, despite a good bet on surging optimism in Iraq, I was mistaken 12 times out of 15.
 
 
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Reuters:
U.S. Marine faces lesser charges in Haditha killings
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
Steve / The Washington Note:
Enough of Soft & Fuzzy Bipartisanship: America Needs a Dissident Ticket
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog (TM):
The Return of the Toast-o-Meter!
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Edwards Appearance On Morning Shows Brings In Big Fundraising Bucks Today
Discussion: MyDD and Marc Ambinder
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Fred Thompson: Do I Really Have to be Here?
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
The Corner:
Where McCain Stands
Discussion: Daily Pundit
CNN:
Senate Dems hold 12-second session to block Bush
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Today in Iowa  —  Coupla thoughts, off the top—I've seen Huckabee …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and The Trail
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Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol's In  —  I've heard some complaints about it …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence
Thomas P.M. Barnett / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Top 10 foreign policy wish list for 2008
Ian Bruce / Glasgow Herald:
Special forces on standby over nuclear threat
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Top economist says America could plunge into recession
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
“Perfect storm” of cliches make bad English list
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
What's the Matter With Iowa?
New York Post:
SPITZER-PROBE BOSS IN VACATION UPROAR