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8:30 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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Washington Post:
Obama Tries New Tactics To Get Out Vote in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — In Sen. Barack Obama's Iowa headquarters, young staff members sit at computers, analyzing online voter data and targeting potential backers.  They zip one e-mail to an undecided voter and zap a different message to a firm supporter.
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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.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Democrats Try Various Styles, and Pronouns  —  DES MOINES — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearances are not billed as anything so conventional as mere “rallies” or “town meetings” or “speeches."  —  In the last 10 days, Mrs. Clinton has presided over “Moms and Daughters Making History” …
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.
Nashuatelegraph.com:
McCain our choice for GOP nomination
New York Times:   With New Poll Results, Candidates Scramble for Edge in Caucuses
New York Times:
Candidates Step Up Attacks in Iowa
Discussion: The Swamp
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   New Hampshire Race Tightens as Edwards Surges
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
New Questions Arise in Killing of Ex-Premier  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — New details of Benazir Bhutto's final moments, including indications that her doctors felt pressured to conform to government accounts of her death, fueled the arguments over her assassination on Sunday and added to the pressure …
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Bhutto's Son and Husband to Lead Party
CNN:
New video shows Bhutto slumping after shots
Discussion: Media Blog
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.
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Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Re: Thompson Makes His Move  —  Wondering about the early response to Fred Thompson's closing argument to the people of Iowa, I just spent a moment skimming the comments on YouTube.  About a fifth of the several hundred posts seem unimpressed, but the rest are positive—many simply glowing.
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).
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Bhutto ‘blocked from hiring US bodyguards’  —  Benazir Bhutto was so fearful for her life that she tried to hire British and American security experts to protect her, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.  —  But the plans collapsed because President Pervez Musharraf refused to allow …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Media Blog
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
What Bhutto Was Worried About  —  The assassination of Benazir Bhutto followed two months of urgent pleas to the State Department by her representatives for better protection.  The U.S. reaction was that she was worried over nothing, expressing assurance that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf would not let anything happen to her.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Sarkozy severs ties with Syria
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
OLD HABITS  —  How the Giuliani method may defeat him. … Though he is not especially funny, Rudy Giuliani likes to begin with a joke.  “Did you know that I'm running for President of the United States?” he asked at a recent house party in Windham, New Hampshire.  “Did I tell you that?”
Discussion: The Caucus
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO SEX FOR YOU....I had the same read on Mike Huckabee's “Meet the Press” appearance this morning as ThinkProgress: … I see.  So, Huckabee doesn't actually care if someone is gay, he cares whether or not gays are celibate.  —  And here I thought his years of bizarre criticism of the gay community were a sign of intolerance.
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Aksa Martyrs Brigades calls for Fayad's assassination  —  Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, on Sunday called for the murder of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad for “collaboration” with Israel and the US.  —  This was the first time the group has openly called for Fayad's assassination.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 
 
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Iowa Here We Come  —  In the airport on my way to Des Moines …
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