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11:50 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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Paul Steinhauser / 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 …
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.
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
New polls: top Dems, Republicans in tight Iowa race  —  Last night, the new Des Moines Register poll had good news for Democrat Barack Obama.  —  This morning, two new polls are buoying spirits over at the rival Hillary Clinton Iowa camp.  —  The new data also offers hope …
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats angle for second place
Discussion: The Caucus and On Deadline
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
DMR Poll: Obama widens lead, Huck still up
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   DMR poll analysis: Huck hanging on, Fred fading, McCain rising
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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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.
Washington Wire:
Paul Supporters Target Fox News  —  Susan Davis reports from Des Moines, Iowa, on the presidential race.  —  Republican Rep. Ron Paul and his supporters are targeting the Fox News network today after an Internet discussion spread during the weekend that the cable network wasn't giving …
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:
Obama-labor relationship tense in Iowa  —  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign manager has spent the final days of the Iowa campaign railing against “big interests” that have poured a “flood of Washington money” into the state in “underhanded” efforts to support his rivals.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Huffington Post
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Saeed Shah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bhutto report: Musharraf planned to fix elections  —  NAUDERO, Pakistan — The day she was assassinated last Thursday, Benazir Bhutto had planned to reveal new evidence alleging the involvement of Pakistan's intelligence agencies in rigging the country's upcoming elections, an aide said Monday.
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Claude Salhani / UPI:
Analysis: Military slew Bhutto — sources
Marc Ambinder:
Will Huckabee's Stunt Hurt Him?  The Iowa Press Says... Probably Not.  —  The dean emeritus of the national political press corps, Ron Fournier, has spoken. … And it's clear: the national press corps thinks Mike Huckabee's decision to show reporters the negative ad that he wasn't going to run before he didn't run it was a stunt.
Discussion: MSNBC
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CNN:
Protesters block Huckabee
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Corner, AMERICAblog and Eschaton
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
 
 
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