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2:10 PM ET, January 1, 2008

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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Ties in Iowa but many still undecided  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — With two days to go until the Iowa caucuses, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll out Tuesday shows both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races tied at the top.  —  But with a quarter …
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HillaryClinton.com:
Register poll adopts unprecedented turnout model  —  UPDATE: Two new Iowa polls are out today.  In the Zogby poll, it's Clinton 30, Obama 26, Edwards 25.  In the CNN/Opinion Research poll, Hillary leads with 33 percent, Obama 31, Edwards 22.  —  The Des Moines Register poll adopts …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats angle for second place
Discussion: The Caucus and On Deadline
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Clinton, Huckabee Hold …
Discussion: MyDD
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Edwards Campaign Reaction to Des Moines Register Poll
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
New polls: top Dems, Republicans in tight Iowa race
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
POLL: DES MOINES REGISTER/SELZER & CO
David Brooks / New York Times:
Road to Nowhere  —  The most impressive thing about Mitt Romney is his clarity of mind.  When he set out to pursue his party's nomination, he studied the contours of the Republican coalition and molded himself to its forms.  —  Earnestly and methodically, he has appealed to each of the major constituency groups.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Jumping The Gun?  —  Ron Paul's supporters are seeing red after Fox News decided to exclude their candidate from the next presidential debate.  ABC also plans to whittle down the participants in the next debate but will wait for the Iowa caucus to make clear who should get the invitations.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Balloon Juice
The Caucus:
Winnowing the Debate Field
Discussion: MSNBC
John Tierney / New York Times:
In 2008, a 100 Percent Chance of Alarm  —  I'd like to wish you a happy New Year, but I'm afraid I have a different sort of prediction.  —  You're in for very bad weather.  In 2008, your television will bring you image after frightening image of natural havoc linked to global warming.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton errs on Pakistan  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was praised in the wake of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for demonstrating her command of the players and the issues at stake in Pakistan, even as another candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
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Jerome Starkey / The Sun:
Our Boys blitz Taliban bash  —  On patrol ... British soldier in Helmand province  —  BRITISH commandos launched a devastating blitz on the Taliban - as the evil terrorists held a party to celebrate Benazir Bhutto's murder.  —  The dawn raid was staged after messages were intercepted …
John Dickerson / Slate:
THE STRUGGLING GOP CANDIDATE TRIES TO GET THE PRESS TO AIR HIS ATTACK ADS FOR HIM.  —  Can a former Baptist preacher throw a Hail Mary?  Mike Huckabee, who soared to the top of the polls in Iowa only to see his lead disappear under an advertising assault from Mitt Romney, has just finished a very strange press conference.
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE
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Marc Ambinder:
Will Huckabee's Stunt Hurt Him? The Iowa Press Says... Probably Not.
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Edwards' ‘Mudcat’ gives tasty dish on Clinton  —  Storm Lake, Ia.  — John Edwards' most colorful adviser let fly today with complaints that Hillary Clinton's campaign is already trying to spin its way out of a possible loss in Iowa.  —  Dave “Mudcat” Saunders told a van full of reporters …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Mendacity of Hope  —  John Edwards lied about the cost of his haircuts.  Fred Thompson lied about lobbying for a pro-choice outfit.  John McCain insists that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation."  Mitt Romney concocted the story about how his father marched …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Still Reeling After All These Years  —  It promised to be a very good year.  But then anything would be better than 1967, with its angry kids burning the flag, and the war raging, and American cities going up in flames one after another.  —  A Page 1 headline in The New York Times said: “World Bids Adieu to a Violent Year.”
Discussion: Firedoglake, Eschaton and PoliGazette
The Corner:
“Rudy's Got No Heartland”  —  The above New York Post headline is talking about Iowa, where Giuliani's numbers are becoming all but undetectable.  But it gets to the heart of the Rudy problem.  In recent conversations with New Hampshire Republicans, I'm struck by how fierce hostility to the Mayor is.
Discussion: Vox Popoli, New York Post and MSNBC
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Poll: Clinton, McCain lead in NH  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  With exactly a week to go until New Hampshire, McCain has pulled ahead of Romney and Clinton has opened back up a double-digit lead in New Hampshire, according to a 7News/Suffolk University poll.
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Bush won't visit Yasser Arafat's tomb
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
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Bloomberg:
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