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9:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Obama-Richardson Deal Goes Both Ways in Certain Precincts and Counties
Discussion: Open Left, Norwegianity and Donklephant
Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:   Biden, Dodd & Richardson to Iowans: Make your own decision
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
N.H. doubts it will ID push poll culprits before vote  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's attorney general has identified two companies involved in a series of phone calls that targeted Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith while praising John McCain.  But Attorney General Kelly Ayotte …
John McIntyre / Real Clear Politics:
What the Major Campaigns Need Tonight
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TIME
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Hampshire Identifies Firm Behind Anti-Mormon Calls — But Not Their Sponsor
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
Atrios / Eschaton:
So Absurd  —  Tweety: … So if Hillary gets 33 percent “she's been rejected here in Iowa by two-thirds of the Democratic Party."  —  What of Saint McCain? … If McCain is rejected by 82% of caucusgoers he's a “big hero."  —  Tweety just repeated the Clinton/two thirds crap on Hardball just now.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Salon
Media Matters for America:   Matthews: “[L]ow 30 percent” …
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
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Raucous caucus!  Update: Early results coming in; Update: Beware the entrance polls  —  Iowans are en route to their precinct meetings as we speak.  Things get going in earnest at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the Democratic assemblies are called to order, and then the hard business begins at eight.
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 and MyDD
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.
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