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9:25 AM ET, January 3, 2008


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The Politico:
Fred Thompson may drop out, back McCain  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Several Republican officials close to Fred Thompson's presidential campaign said they expect the candidate will drop out of the race within days if he finishes poorly in Thursday's Iowa caucus.  —  Thompson's campaign …
Rasmussen Reports:
As Campaign Season Begins, Only One Presidential Candidate is Viewed Favorably by Majority of Voters  —  One impact of the long run-up to Election 2008 can be seen in public perceptions of the leading Presidential candidates.  After a year of campaigning with no votes actually being cast …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Fred's end?  —  It would be a big loss, for reasons Peter Robinson and Michael Ledeen have outlined, if Fred Thompson were to pull out.  But in practical terms the timing is everything.  A pull-out before Saturday obviously boosts McCain in NH.  But the very floating of the rumor …
The Corner:   Fred Thompson, Reagan Conservative
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Late Night TV Hosts Back After 2 Months  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Late-night TV hosts returned to the air Wednesday after a two-month hiatus, showing support for their striking writers, plenty of creative stretch marks - and at least two scruffy beards.  —  David Letterman walked onstage amid …
Discussion: Think Progress and The BRAD BLOG
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Ad Attacking Romney Ran In Iowa After Huckabee Said He Was Yanking It
Jason George / The Swamp:
Huck yucks it up with Leno
Discussion: The Politico
Wendy Hundley / Dallas Morning News:
Lewisville cabdriver sought in slayings of 2 teen daughters  —  —  Area police continue to search for a man who they believe killed his two teenage daughters and left their bodies in a taxi at an Irving hotel.  —  Police sealed off a street and surrounded …
Associated Press:
Manhunt for Father Suspected of Killing Teen Girls  —  IRVING, Texas — Police continued searching for a man suspected of shooting his two teenage daughters, including one who called 911 about an hour before officers found them dead in his taxi, police said.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Iowans Hear Barrage of Final Pleas for First '08 Votes  —  DES MOINES — A yearlong prelude to the presidential election drew to a frenzied close on Wednesday here as Iowans absorbed a final torrent of campaign arguments before the state's caucuses formally open the race for the White House.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Get your post-caucus spin now  —  With this guide, you can analyze any result — before the Iowans gather  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - In a matter of hours, following the results of the Iowa caucuses, a contest will begin.  It will take place among the slew of national media trying to determine exactly what happened.
Marc Ambinder:
Caucus: Clinton Revises Turnout Model Up  —  ** Hillary Clinton's team has revised its turnout model.  The same senior campaign source who projected a turnout of 140,000 voters is now predicting that 150,000 voters will show, and says that, according to the turnout model the campaign is employing …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Dodd stands by his supporters.  Will not be part of an auction  —  Here's another reason to like Chris Dodd.  Andrea Mitchell wanted to know who Chris Dodd would support for the presidential nomination because she said there were reports that other candidates who are not considered to be in the top tier are cutting deals.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Dodd Slams Second-Choice Deals In Iowa
Discussion: MyDD
Shaun Waterman / Washington Times:
Press, political pressure helped ‘lose’ Fallujah, report says  —  A secret intelligence assessment of the first battle of Fallujah shows that the U.S. military thinks that it lost control over information about what was happening in the town, leading to “political pressure” …
Foreign Policy:
Seven Questions: Gen. David Petraeus on Winding down the Surge  —  By the end of July, 25 percent of American combat troops are due to withdraw from Iraq.  FP sat down with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, to find out how he plans to draw down without leaving chaos behind.
Rupert Cornwell / The Independent:
Iowa: The future starts here  —  It's the most expensive, unpredictable and crucial presidential race in modern US history.  And today, in one small state, people start to cast their votes  —  The phoney war is over.  Tonight, in school rooms, church halls and private homes across …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joe Carter / the evangelical outpost:
The Short, Fast Ride: My 30-Day Crash Course In Presidential Politics  —  The Short, Fast Ride:  —  My 30-Day Crash Course In Presidential Politics  —  Before I announced that I was going to work for the Huckabee campaign, the news broke on NRO's The Corner.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain boosted by surge - in Iowa  —  URBANDALE, Iowa — Hundreds of Iowans and scores of reporters squeezed into every corner, and spilled out of, John McCain's suburban Des Moines headquarters for a final rally tonight before tomorrow's caucuses.  —  Heartened by the senator's resurrection …
Discussion: and The Caucus
Alan Bernstein / Houston Chronicle:
Rosenthal withdraws from DA race  —  Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal has withdrawn his name from the Republican ballot for re-election today amid pressure from his own party following last week's release of intimate emails he wrote to his personal assistant.
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Ted Widmer / Washington Monthly:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Telegraph
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Discussion: Redstate and
Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
Former “Dateline” reporter blasts NBC
Satyam / Think Progress:
Jim Talent: Romney will stop ‘the militant gays.’
Discussion: Pandagon and AMERICAblog
Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
A Vast Right-Wing Hypocrisy
Discussion: Cliff Schecter