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3:40 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 …
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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
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:
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 …
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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck picks up more priceless pics
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rep. Wicker Is Barbour's Choice  —  UPDATED, 12:30 p.m. ET: Mississippi Republican Rep. Roger Wicker today was named by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill Trent Lott's Senate seat.  Sources inside the state's Republican Party had leaked the news earlier today.  —  Wicker will serve until November …
Associated Press:   Report: Mississippi Rep. Roger Wicker Is Pick to Serve Out Retiring …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Wicker named to replace Lott
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
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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Peter Galbraith / Guardian:
Pakistan may not make it  —  The country's future now depends …
This Is London:
BENAZIR BHUTTO'S SON TO HAVE 24-HOUR ARMED GUARD WHILE STUDYING AT OXFORD
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
New Questions in Bhutto's Killing
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 …
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 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.
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 …
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: The Corner
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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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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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 …
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Top economist says America could plunge into recession
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Make-or-Break Time in Iraq?
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“Perfect storm” of cliches make bad English list
Matthew Yglesias:
If You've Got Nothing Nice to Say
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