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3:35 AM ET, January 1, 2008

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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll: Obama widens lead over Clinton  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has widened his lead in Iowa over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards heading into Thursday's nominating caucuses, according to The Des Moines Register's final Iowa Poll before the 2008 nominating contests.
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Jonathan Roos / Des Moines Register:
GOP poll: Huckabee maintains lead over Romney  —  Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister riding a wave of support from fundamentalist Christians, tops Mitt Romney for first place in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowans planning to attend Thursday's Republican caucuses.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Saying He Pulled Negative Ad, Huckabee Shows It  —  DES MOINES — In an act of political jujitsu, Mike Huckabee has halted a negative ad that he was about to broadcast on television Monday against his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.  But while claiming the moral high ground …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
DMR poll analysis: Huck hanging on, Fred fading, McCain rising
Discussion: New York Times
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
DMR Poll: Obama widens lead, Huck still up
Dan Balz / The Trail:
A Diligent Clinton Keeps Her Head Down
Discussion: Newsday and MyDD
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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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, Booman Tribune and The Page
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Did Huckabee go too far?  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Mike Huckabee may have finally gone too far.  —  After running an unconventional, surprisingly strong and sometimes strange race to the top tier of the Republican presidential campaign, the former Arkansas governor topped himself Monday …
Discussion: Power Line
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Nader throws support to Edwards  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa — Ralph Nader unleashed on Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday - criticizing her for being soft on defense spending and a chum of big business - and expressed his strong support for John Edwards.  —  In an 11th hour effort to encourage liberal Iowans to …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
What if Iowa Settles Nothing for Democrats?  —  DES MOINES — Iowa is packed with presidential candidates and hundreds of campaign aides, advisers and contributors.  Twenty-five hundred representatives of news organizations have been granted credentials to cover the caucuses on Thursday night, twice as many as in 2004.
CNN:
Protesters block Huckabee  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) ­ - Anti-war protestors and Ron Paul supporters both kept Mike Huckabee from entering his Iowa campaign headquarters through the front door Monday.  —  Three people who managed to break inside — holding a sign that said “What Would Jesus Bomb?”
Discussion: MSNBC
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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 …
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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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Quiet Heroism of Hillary Clinton
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics (Update: Hillary Fibbing?)
Discussion: MangledCat and Say Anything
Saeed Shah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bhutto report: Musharraf planned to fix elections  —  NAUDERO, Pakistan — The day she was assassinated last Thursday, Benazir Bhutto had planned to reveal new evidence alleging the involvement of Pakistan's intelligence agencies in rigging the country's upcoming elections, an aide said Monday.
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Peter Graff / Reuters:
In a safer Baghdad, Iraqis party for 2008  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - On New Year's Eve Ridaa al-Azzawi squeezed into his pointy snakeskin boots, his tight black sweater and his snazzy corduroy flared jeans, hustled down to a Baghdad hotel ballroom and partied for peace.
 
 
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