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6:20 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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Joe Trippi: Sit and Spin  —  Joe Trippi breezed into a restaurant back room last night filled with several tables full of journalists and grabbed a chair.  —  “Obama is slamming Gore and Kerry,” he said at a volume nobody could have missed before even taking his seat.
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Edwards' ‘Mudcat’ gives tasty dish on Clinton
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Washington Wire:   Clinton, Obama Top $100 Million for 2007
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Clinton, Huckabee Hold …
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
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.
Associated Press:
Networks cut debate fields, angering Paul backers  —  NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Rep. Ron Paul.
Matthew Yglesias:
The Possibly Not Coming Storm  —  Ross Douthat previews the next great conservative crack-up: … To which I say: Maybe!  —  Seriously, I sometimes do think that'll happen.  Alternatively, maybe Romney gets the nomination and Romney gets beaten pretty badly.
Discussion: Deal W. Hudson and Eschaton
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 …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Biden hits rivals on Pakistan policy
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Campaigns Feeling Effects of Iowa Poll
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Clinton on “This Week”
Discussion: Macsmind
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Romney says Bush mismanaged Iraq war  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Tuesday the Bush administration mismanaged the Iraq war, distancing himself from his party's unpopular president two days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest.
Discussion: The Corner
John Dickerson / Slate:
Marc Santora / The Caucus:
McCain on Experience  —  Senator John McCain, who has long touted …
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Wire:
Huckabee: What Ad Ploy?  —  Alex Frangos reports from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, on the presidential race.  —  Mike Huckabee's curious move yesterday to ceremoniously pull a negative television advertisement seems to have played well with his supporters.  That's despite criticism he took …
Michelle Malkin:
Cindy Sheehan: Down with BushCo-and screw the evil corporate Rose Bowl parade, too!  —  As promised, St. Cindy stinks up the Rose Bowl parade and delivers an unhinged salvo posted at After Downing Street-complete with BushCo/Hitler epithets, anti-American insults, and Absolute Moral Authority sanctimony:
Hindustan Times:
Pak Govt makes U-turn on cause of Bhutto's death  —  In a dramatic U-turn, Pakistan government has “apologised” for claiming that former premier Benazir Bhutto died of a skull fracture after hitting the sunroof of her car during a suicide attack.  —  Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Flopping Aces
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Marc Ambinder:
Kucinich Urges Supporters To Choose Obama On Second “Ballot”
Discussion: Open Left and Yahoo! News
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
DMR Poll: Majority of Obama Support Not From Democrats
Discussion: Firedoglake
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Barbara paper illegally fired union backers, judge says
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
What If?  —  I wonder what would have happened if McCain had won the nomination in 2000.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Infidelesto / Infidels Are Cool:
Pakistani Cleric: Nuke British Infidels
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Huckabee's Iowa Meltdown
 Earlier Items: 
The Campaign Spot:
An Account of Thompson's ‘Desire’ Question, From The Man Who Asked
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Faiza Saleh Ambah / Washington Post:
Dissident Saudi Blogger Is Arrested
The Corner:
“Rudy's Got No Heartland”
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Still Reeling After All These Years
Kim Smith / Arizona Daily Star:
UA law student, beauty queen faces kidnapping and robbery charges

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

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