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4:00 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 …
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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 …
Elizabeth Drew / The Politico:
First what?  —  In all the excitement over the prospect …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
CNN:   Prominent Clinton backer criticizes Iowa's role
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huckabee won't air negative ads  —  In a surprise move, Mike Huckabee said today that he won't air negative ads against Mitt Romney.  —  Claiming that he changed his mind this morning, Huckabee told reporters gathered in anticipation of seeing the spots that he would no longer attack Romney off the air …
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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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck's instant classic
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pro-Huck group sends out calls hitting Mitt on abortion
Discussion: The Swamp
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” …
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour:
Regarding the appointment of United States Representative Roger Wicker to the United States Senate  —  “In my lifetime, no Governor of Mississippi has appointed a United States Senator; so you can imagine what a serious decision this one has been.  —  To me, the first requirement …
Associated Press:   Report: Mississippi Rep. Roger Wicker Is Pick to Serve Out Retiring …
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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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Today in Iowa  —  Coupla thoughts, off the top—I've seen Huckabee and Romney; Obama, Clinton and Edwards in the past 48 hours and it just startling how different the quality is between the Democratic and Republican campaigns this year.  The Republicans are total amateur hour, tiny crowds, half-crazed bickering among the candidates.
Discussion: Eschaton, Rising Hegemon and The Trail
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Clinton leads in Iowa but Edwards gains
Discussion: Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh and MyDD
Peter Galbraith / Guardian:
Pakistan may not make it  —  The country's future now depends on a power struggle between the army and Bhutto's son  —  With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's survival depends on the outcome of a struggle between the army and Bhutto's Pakistan People's party, now headed by her 19-year-old son Bilawal.
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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 …
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.
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.
Douglas Feiden / NY Daily News:
Bedbug epidemic attacks New York City  —  A bedbug epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City - striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov. Spitzer's father, the Daily News has learned.  —  The blood-sucking nocturnal creatures have infested a Park Ave. penthouse …
Discussion: Wizbang and The Corner
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence  —  Iowa Falls, Ia.  - Iowans have noticied that Democrat Hillary Clinton is not taking public questions from audiences during her final-push campaign rallies.  —  After her 40-minute monologue ended shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, Clinton immediately began …
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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The Corner:
More Huckabee  —  To me, Huckabee seems a little like McCain near …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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The Corner:
Where McCain Stands
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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CNN:
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William Safire / New York Times:
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Ian Bruce / Glasgow Herald:
Special forces on standby over nuclear threat
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Make-or-Break Time in Iraq?
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
“Perfect storm” of cliches make bad English list
Matthew Yglesias:
If You've Got Nothing Nice to Say
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