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12:40 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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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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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.
Mary Jacoby / Wall Street Journal:
Ron Paul's War Chest Swelled in 4th Quarter
Discussion: Boston Globe, The Caucus, The Swamp and TIME
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Thunder in the Heartland  —  PERRY, Iowa — In the state …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Captain's Quarters
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and JammieWearingFool
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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 …
Discussion: Macsmind
Elizabeth Drew / The Politico:
First what?  —  In all the excitement over the prospect …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
CNN:   Clinton backer criticizes Iowa caucuses
Tariq Ali / The Independent:
My heart bleeds for Pakistan.  It deserves better than this grotesque feudal charade  —  Six hours before she was executed, Mary, Queen of Scots wrote to her brother-in-law, Henry III of France: “...As for my son, I commend him to you in so far as he deserves, for I cannot answer for him.”
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Ian Bruce / Glasgow Herald:
Special forces on standby over nuclear threat
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
What Bhutto Was Worried About
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jack Elliott Jr / Associated Press:
Miss. congressman to replace Sen. Lott  —  JACKSON, Miss. - Republican Haley Barbour's choice to succeed Sen. Trent Lott is Rep. Roger Wicker, a conservative congressman, congressional officials with knowledge of the selection process said Monday.  —  Wicker, 56, will serve until …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Wonkette
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Huckabee's Morning Run  —  From CBS News Correspondent Nancy Cordes, who's covering the Huckabee campaign:  —  DES MOINES, IOWA — Mike Huckabee has won the photo op battle of the day, and it's only 8am.  He went for a jog around Gray's Lake in Des Moines flanked by some local doctors …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck picks up more priceless pics
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Michael Bloomberg: Trans-partisan savior  —  Following along in David Broder's excited footsteps, Sam Roberts in The New York Times reports that Michael Bloomberg “is growing increasingly enchanted with the idea of an independent presidential bid, and his aides are aggressively laying the groundwork for him to run.”
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Matthew Yglesias:
If You've Got Nothing Nice to Say  —  I just hope The New York Times Book Review is as kind to my book when the time comes as they were to Jonah Goldberg (of course, realistically we're all just desperately hoping to be reviewed at all): “Yet the title of his book aside …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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WorldNetDaily:
'Liberal Fascism'  —  “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History …
Discussion: The Corner and INSTAPUTZ
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
What's the Matter With Iowa?  —  The caucuses are anything but a Norman Rockwell exercise in small-town democracy.  —  The trouble with the Iowa caucuses isn't that there's anything wrong with Iowans.  It's the bizarre rules of the process.  Caucuses are touted as authentic neighborhood meetings …
 
 
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Gateway Pundit:
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Ann M. Simmons / Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad Zoo is a draw again
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Nunn's unity bid a gamble
Thomas P.M. Barnett / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Top 10 foreign policy wish list for 2008
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
Top economist says America could plunge into recession
The Corner:
More on the Klan  —  Lots of readers are sharing stories of the Klan and the like.
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Make-or-Break Time in Iraq?
Discussion: Eschaton and IraqPundit
Associated Press:
Individual privacy under threat in Europe and U.S., report says
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
“Perfect storm” of cliches make bad English list
New York Post:
SPITZER-PROBE BOSS IN VACATION UPROAR
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Bloomberg:
Obama's Jakarta Friends Recall a Would-Be Leader, Tattle-Tale
Discussion: the talking dog
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
After a Son's Death, a Shared Mission in Politics
Discussion: Wonkette and TIME
Roxanne / Rox Populi:
Explaining Michael Bloomberg and the Six People Who Support …
Discussion: Eschaton and Fact-esque
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Bhutto ‘blocked from hiring US bodyguards’
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Aksa Martyrs Brigades calls for Fayad's assassination