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8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2008


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John Harwood / The Caucus:
Is Obama a Plan B for Richardson Voters?  —  Barack Obama's drive to win tonight's Iowa caucuses is getting a boost from two of his putative rivals.  After earlier winning the support of Dennis Kucinich, Obama's campaign has reached an agreement with Bill Richardson for the second-choice votes …
Shailagh Murray / The Trail:
A Biden-Obama Deal?  —  DES MOINES — Sen. Joseph Biden wants to beat New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson tonight.  And Sen. Barack Obama could help him do that.  —  A source close to the Biden campaign described a possible arrangement, now under discussion between the two camps …
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Obama Moves Into Lead Followed by Edwards; Huckabee Lead Widens  —  Clinton, Romney dip as Ron Paul gains  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Barack Obama continued his upward momentum through the evening before the Iowa caucuses, capturing the lead ahead …
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Richardson set to send Obama second-choice support  —  The story gets significantly more complicated, as more evidence of a two-way deal in select counties or precincts emerges.  Click here for the updated story.  —  [Exclusive] Gov. Bill Richardson's campaign is expected to direct …
Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:   Biden, Dodd & Richardson to Iowans: Make your own decision
Supreme Court Justice Bill Clinton?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It is a title that would be sure to bring either fear or cheer to many Americans, depending on your political leanings: Supreme Court Justice Bill Clinton.  —  That provocative possibility has long been whispered in legal …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Wonkette
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill, Hillary and expectations in Iowa  —  Former President Bill Clinton tried to lower expectations today for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, suggesting at a Starbucks here in Des Moines that Iowa was not make-or-break for her presidential campaign.  —  “I didn't win a race until …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Inside Iowa  —  Fuzzy math, Iowa-style  —  I just bumped into David Axelrod, Barack Obama's chief political strategist, and told him about my earlier blog item in which Tom Vilsack said: “Hillary Clinton has 5,000 people prepared to give rides this time."  —  “Sure, she has 5,000 drivers …
Discussion: Boston Globe and MyDD
MCCain and Romney PUsh Poll Complaints  —  Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte is requesting the public's assistance in identifying who employed Moore-Information of Portland, Oregon to conduct a poll in New Hampshire, in November 2007, which has been alleged to be a push-poll.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
N.H. doubts it will ID push poll culprits before vote
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
N.H. Senate Leader Endorses McCain
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Page
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Hampshire Identifies Firm Behind Anti-Mormon Calls — But Not Their Sponsor
Dick Polman / Dick Polman's American Debate:
My caveats about Iowa  —  In this calm before the storm, as we gird ourselves for the first measurements of actual citizen sentiment in the '08 campaign, let us pause briefly to contemplate the state that remains secure in its status as first in pork, first in corn, and first in the presidential sweepstakes.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Your Idiot's Guide To The Democratic Caucuses
Matthew Sheffield /
Bush-bashing ‘Republican’ Henry Lowenstein, NYT's Favorite  —  The quickest way to get the liberal media to pay attention to you is to claim to be a Republican who hates Republicans.  It's an almost infallible public relations strategy that of late has worked well for “Republican” Monica Green.
Discussion: The Corner and Redstate
Brent Baker /
NBC Highlights ‘Life-Long Republican’ Caucusing for Obama, But...
Discussion: Obama'08 and Moonbattery
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Harman Warned against Destroying Tapes in 2003  —  The CIA's initial defense for destroying the videotapes showing interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees was that they'd briefed members of Congress about their intention to do this long ago.  —  To which, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) …
Discussion: Think Progress, The Lede and Emptywheel
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Can Edwards Do It In Iowa?  —  The Mellencamp concert for John Edwards last night was a huge success for the campaign.  It was well attended (easily twice the size of the Huckabee “Huck'n'Chuck” rally the night before), the crowd was enthusiastic and responded to his message.
Huckabee's Attack Ad Runs After All  —  His attack ad appears on three Iowa stations.  We find it somewhat misleading.  Another ad makes misleading claims about tax cuts.  —  The ad Huckabee said he decided not to run has now appeared at least three times in Iowa anyway.
Ross Douthat:
My Mitt Romney Problem (And Yours?)  —  Watch this ad:  —  “In the next ten years, we'll see more progress, more change, than the world has seen in the last ten centuries."  —  Mitt Romney is an immensely talented and accomplished figure.  In many ways, he looks like an ideal antidote to George W. Bush …
Romney: 'Don't touch the hair'  —  (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney joked Thursday that his opponents are welcome to throw all they've got at him, but when it comes to his perfectly coiffed hair, they'd better back off.  —  The former Massachusetts governor's comments came at an Iowa event …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Cliff Schecter
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dodd may drop out  —  Sen. Chris Dodd, who moved his family to Iowa in an effort to make a strong showing in the caucus, has told Fox News that he would be “going to Hartford tomorrow” if he doesn't finish stronger than fourth place tonight, my colleague Martin Kady II reports.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Today's the day  —  Several of the candidates will be calling …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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