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10:35 AM ET, January 1, 2008

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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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CNN:
2 days to go and poll shows Iowa all tied up  —  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 …
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 …
Discussion: TIME and The Page
Jonathan Roos / Des Moines Register:
GOP poll: Huckabee maintains lead over Romney  —  Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister riding a wave of support from fundamentalist Christians, tops Mitt Romney for first place in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowans planning to attend Thursday's Republican caucuses.
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats angle for second place  —  On Iowa caucus night, backers of candidates who don't make the cut will be freed up.  The front-runners are ready.  —  DES MOINES — The top three Democratic presidential candidates have begun focusing intensely on becoming the second choice among supporters …
Discussion: The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   DMR poll analysis: Huck hanging on, Fred fading, McCain rising
Associated Press:
ABC, Fox News cutting low-polling presidential candidates out of debates  —  NEW YORK: ABC and Fox News Channel are narrowing the field of presidential candidates invited to debates this weekend just before the New Hampshire primary, in Fox's case infuriating supporters of Republican Ron Paul.
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Washington Wire:
Paul Supporters Target Fox News
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
CNN:
Protesters block Huckabee
Discussion: MSNBC
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
FOX, ABC to reduce debate fields
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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Claude Salhani / UPI:
Analysis: Military slew Bhutto — sources  —  Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on orders of lower- and middle-level officers of the Pakistani army and air force, according to various intelligence sources, including members of India's counterintelligence service.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Power Line
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.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TigerHawk
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Peter Graff / Reuters:
In a safer Baghdad, Iraqis party for 2008  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - On New Year's Eve Ridaa al-Azzawi squeezed into his pointy snakeskin boots, his tight black sweater and his snazzy corduroy flared jeans, hustled down to a Baghdad hotel ballroom and partied for peace.
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Kim Smith / Arizona Daily Star:
UA law student, beauty queen faces kidnapping and robbery charges  —  A University of Arizona law school student and beauty queen has been indicted on charges that say she and three others held her former boyfriend captive for 10 hours while torturing and robbing him.
Discussion: Dr. Helen
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 and Eschaton
Bloomberg:
Defaults on Insured Mortgages Rise 35% to Record  —  Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — Defaults on privately insured U.S. mortgages rose 35 percent in November to a record, an industry report today showed, adding to evidence the U.S. housing slump is deepening.  —  The number of insured borrowers falling …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: GOLDEN DUKES ANNOUNCED!
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CNN:
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Spiegel Online:
Muslim Minority Marches Against German Crime Show
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
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Noah Millman / The American Scene:
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