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10:45 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Huckabee's Remarkable Play  —  DES MOINES — Talk about political jujitsu!  —  Mike Huckabee is holding a press conference right now in which he was supposed to unveil a new negative ad against arch rival Mitt Romney.  —  But Mr. Huckabee came to the press conference and announced …
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Huckabust  —  Just when you think the Republican presidential race can't get weirder...Mike Huckabee holds a press conference here to announce that he'd just made a last minute decision not to air a negative TV ad slamming Romney.  —  And then he airs the ad (Video courtesy of Mark Halperin who was setting in the row behund me).
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Page
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Saying He Pulled Negative Ad, Huckabee Shows It  —  DES MOINES — In an act of political jujitsu, Mike Huckabee has halted a negative ad that he was about to broadcast on television Monday against his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.  But while claiming the moral high ground …
Marc Ambinder:
Huckabee Decides Not To Air Those Nasty Ads...And Then Airs A Nasty Ad  —  The Romney campaign is already calling this a “meltdown."  Whatever it is, it's a little bizarre.  —  So Mike Huckabee schedules a news conference to talk about the negative ads he's decided to run against Mitt Romney.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Huck's instant classic  —  Mike Huckabee's move to not run ads hitting back at Mitt Romney is a risky move that could rejuvenate his fading campaign — or ensure his defeat on Thursday.  —  >> Check out the press conference slideshow  —  That Huckabee still showed the spot to dozens …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Did Huckabee go too far?
Discussion: Power Line
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll: Obama widens lead over Clinton  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has widened his lead in Iowa over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards heading into Thursday's nominating caucuses, according to The Des Moines Register's final Iowa Poll before the 2008 nominating contests.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
What if Iowa Settles Nothing for Democrats?  —  DES MOINES — Iowa is packed with presidential candidates and hundreds of campaign aides, advisers and contributors.  Twenty-five hundred representatives of news organizations have been granted credentials to cover the caucuses on Thursday night, twice as many as in 2004.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Nader throws support to Edwards  —  MUSCATINE, Iowa — Ralph Nader unleashed on Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday - criticizing her for being soft on defense spending and a chum of big business - and expressed his strong support for John Edwards.  —  In an 11th hour effort to encourage liberal Iowans to …
Dan Balz / The Trail:
A Diligent Clinton Keeps Her Head Down
Discussion: Newsday and MyDD
Mike Ferner / AfterDowningStreet.org:
PEACE ACTIVISTS OCCUPY HUCKABEE'S IOWA CAMPAIGN OFFICE  —  Protesters ask former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?"  —  Des Moines - With 40 percent of Iowa's Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee's …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP, IT'S AN OUTRAGE  —  As we get deeper into the campaign, I do not have a problem with excluding candidates who are not generating any substantial public support.  Gravel, I think, was an example of that in the Democratic debates.  But I think the Paulbots have a pretty good case for outrage …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hullabaloo
CNN:
Protesters block Huckabee  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) ­ - Anti-war protestors and Ron Paul supporters both kept Mike Huckabee from entering his Iowa campaign headquarters through the front door Monday.  —  Three people who managed to break inside — holding a sign that said “What Would Jesus Bomb?”
Discussion: MSNBC and The Moderate Voice
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
FOX, ABC to reduce debate fields
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Quiet Heroism of Hillary Clinton
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowans pick up on Clinton's silence
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary, The Geraldo Of National Politics (Update: Hillary Fibbing?)
Discussion: MangledCat
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
MS. HILLARY DOES PAKISTAN  —  Thomas Houlahan comments on Ms. Hillary's recent discussions of events in Pakistan with Wolf Blitzer and George Stephanopoulos, addressing the question: “How credible is Hillary Clinton on Pakistan?"  Houlahan writes: … A transcript of Senator Clinton's interview …
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Peter Galbraith / Guardian:
Pakistan may not make it  —  The country's future now depends …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Middle East Times:
OP-ED: Thomas Houlahan
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
JoinRudy2008:
STRATEGY MEMO: LOOKING GOOD … As voting nears in the Republican nomination process, our campaign remains convinced that our strategy we have long had in place is right - bold, innovative and designed to deal with the radically different election calendar.  While many of the beltway insiders seem …
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and TIME
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Takes “Dig” At Edwards' Trial Lawyer Past  —  Is Barack Obama broadening his criticism of John Edwards to suggest that his lucrative trial lawyer past indicates less of a commitment to public service than Obama has?  —  That's what The Washington Post concluded in a piece …
 
 
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