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12:35 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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New York Times:
With New Poll Results, Candidates Scramble for Edge in Caucuses  —  NEWTON, Iowa — The presidential candidates spent the last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses attending church services, staging big rallies and sniping at one another as new polls suggested tightening races in both the Democratic and Republican fields.
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New York Times:
Candidates Step Up Attacks in Iowa  —  BOONE, Iowa — The presidential candidates spent the last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses attending church services and staging big rallies to make last-minutes appeals as new polls suggested tightening races in both the Democratic and Republican fields.
MSNBC:
Polls: Iowa caucuses too close to call  —  MSNBC survey finds Edwards, Romney have reason to be optimistic  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Two opinion polls show the Democratic race in next week's Iowa caucuses too close to call, while Republican Mitt Romney appears to have regained some ground over rival Mike Huckabee.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Iowa Here We Come  —  In the airport on my way to Des Moines …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Giuliani steers clear of political fray
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   New Hampshire Race Tightens as Edwards Surges
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iowa: Edwards surges, Huckabees bubble bursts
Matt / Think Progress:
Huckabee: 'I Don't Know' If People Are ‘Born’ Gay, But It's A ‘Choice’ To Act Gay  —  On NBC's Meet The Press this morning, host Tim Russert asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee if he believed “people are born gay or choose to be gay?"  “I don't know whether people are born that way …
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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.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
MSNBC:
Mike Huckabee (R) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, this is it, the Iowa caucuses just four days away.  Democrats Clinton, Edwards and Obama locked in a tight battle; Republicans Huckabee and Romney fighting for victory.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“What one's sin is, means it's missing the mark. …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Huckabee stands by “Christ” comment
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Little Green Footballs:
New Video: The Bhutto Shooting  —  The latest video of the assassination, from another angle, provides evidence that Benazir Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet.  —  (Video player requires Flash Player.)
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Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Opposition Parties Vow to Proceed With Jan. 8 Election
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Bhutto's Son and Husband to Lead Party
Discussion: Angry Bear and Group News Blog
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Edwards has Pakistan on the brain
Discussion: The New Republic and The Swamp
CNN:
New video shows Bhutto slumping after shots
Discussion: Media Blog
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).
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.
Telegraph:
General Petraeus: man with a message of hope  —  The critics said it couldn't be done, but the vision and determination of General David Petraeus have brought greater security and cause for optimism to the people of Iraq.  He is The Sunday Telegraph's Person of the Year.
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Leader of Christian Iowa Group Gives Romney His Vote
Discussion: race42008.com
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.
Nashuatelegraph.com:
McCain our choice for GOP nomination  —  Eight years ago, when he was running as a political maverick against Republican establishment candidate George W. Bush, we endorsed John McCain for the GOP nomination for president of the United States.  —  We did so because of his integrity.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Best-Laid Five-Minute Plans of Bill Richardson.  —  It's tempting to rerun my column on Pakistan from a month ago.  Not because I predicted the assassination of Benazir Bhutto or offered any other great insight, but rather for the opposite reason: “Everyone's an expert on Pakistan …
 
 
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Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Thompson Makes His Move
Discussion: Jay Currie and Instapundit.com
Daniel W. Drezner / Los Angeles Times:
Should celebrities set the global agenda?
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Reason.tv:
Roger Stone  —  On November 28, reason sat down for a discussion …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Muslim smear, version 2.0
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Edwards Fights to the Finish
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton “not surprised” by Huckabee's rise
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
Spot the Fallacy  —  A profile in today's WaPo of an Iowa …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Romney re-takes lead, Dems tied
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
The Corner:
Re: Kristol's New Column
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PROJECTION FROM THE FEVER SWAMP....Andrew Sullivan posted …
Discussion: Needlenose and Balloon Juice
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?
Andrew Cline / Opinion Journal:
Ron Beats Rudy?
Walter Russell Mead / Los Angeles Times:
The great fall of China