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6:40 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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: The Page
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 …
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.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Huckabee won't air anti-Romney ad
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Video: Huckabee Says He Won't Run Ad Attacking Romney …
Discussion: D-Day and Firedoglake
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Saying He Pulled Negative Ad, Huckabee Shows It
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Huckabee's Morning Run
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 …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Quiet Heroism of Hillary Clinton
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics (Update: Hillary Fibbing?)
Discussion: The Caucus
Mike Ferner / AfterDowningStreet.org:
PEACE ACTIVISTS OCCUPY HUCKABEE'S IOWA CAMPAIGN OFFICE  —  Protesters ask former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?"  —  Des Moines - With 40 percent of Iowa's Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee's …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Huck's day gets even stranger  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  DES MOINES, IA — As if Huckabee's day wasn't strange enough, immediately following his anti-attack-ad news conference, a scheduled trip to his campaign headquarters here was disrupted by dual demonstrations that prevented …
Dan Balz / The Trail:
A Diligent Clinton Keeps Her Head Down
Discussion: Newsday and MyDD
Middle East Times:
OP-ED: Thomas Houlahan  —  How credible is Hillary Clinton on Pakistan?  —  Last weekend after returning to my office from the television studios of a major network where I had done a brief segment on the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, I turned on CNN to watch their coverage of the Bhutto assassination's aftermath.
Discussion: Power Line and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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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.
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Ross Douthat:
The Coming Conservative Civil War
Discussion: The Corner
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
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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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
What if Iowa Settles Nothing for Democrats?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Takes “Dig” At Edwards' Trial Lawyer Past  —  Is Barack Obama broadening his criticism of John Edwards to suggest that his lucrative trial lawyer past indicates less of a commitment to public service than Obama has?  —  That's what The Washington Post concluded in a piece …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Decoding the Obama Conference Call
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP, IT'S AN OUTRAGE  —  As we get deeper into the campaign, I do not have a problem with excluding candidates who are not generating any substantial public support.  Gravel, I think, was an example of that in the Democratic debates.  But I think the Paulbots have a pretty good case for outrage …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hullabaloo
Jesse Wendel / Group News Blog:
The Writings of Steve Gilliard — 101  —  “Where can we read more of his work?"  —  We're fortunate to still have access to primary sources.  —  I recommend people start with his Wikipedia entry .  —  Wikepedia mentions three of his most well-know essays:  — I'm a fighting liberal
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 …
 
 
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Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Clinton Leads But Loses …
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Reuters:
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Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
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Enough of Soft & Fuzzy Bipartisanship: America Needs a Dissident Ticket
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