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1:40 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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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: michellemalkin.com and Macsmind
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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 …
CNN:   Clinton backer criticizes Iowa caucuses
Elizabeth Drew / The Politico:
First what?  —  In all the excitement over the prospect …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
This Is London:
BENAZIR BHUTTO'S SON TO HAVE 24-HOUR ARMED GUARD WHILE STUDYING AT OXFORD  —  Benazir Bhutto's son is to be given 24-hour armed protection by Scotland Yard when he returns to Britain after being named as her political heir.  —  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 19, is now regarded as one of the most marked men …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
New Questions in Bhutto's Killing  —  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 …
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 / The Politico:   Pro-Huck group sends out calls hitting Mitt on abortion
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck picks up more priceless pics
Discussion: Hot Air
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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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Clinton leads in Iowa but Edwards gains
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and MyDD
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Today in Iowa  —  Coupla thoughts, off the top—I've seen Huckabee …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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” …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Wonkette
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rep. Wicker Is Barbour's Choice
Discussion: Swing State Project and MyDD
Leah Rupp / Clarion-Ledger:
Barbour names Wicker to Senate seat
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.
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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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
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
Mary Jacoby / Wall Street Journal:
Ron Paul's War Chest Swelled in 4th Quarter  —  Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul may lag behind in public-opinion polls.  But after raising about $19 million for the final three months of the year, he is now among his party's front-runners in the race for campaign cash.
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.”
Ian Bruce / Glasgow Herald:
Special forces on standby over nuclear threat  —  US special forces snatch squads are on standby to seize or disable Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in the event of a collapse of government authority or the outbreak of civil war following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
 
 
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William Safire / New York Times:
The Office Pool, 2008  —  THIS is the 34th annual office pool …
Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol's In  —  I've heard some complaints about it …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence
Discussion: TalkLeft and BitsBlog
Arts RSS:
Are Iowa, N.H. really worthy?
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Campaign Manager Makes The Case
Discussion: The New Republic
Gateway Pundit:
US Tracks Lowest Monthly Fatalities Since War Began (Updated)
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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?
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
Discussion: BitsBlog and 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