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2:00 AM ET, January 4, 2008


 Top Items: 
Huckabee, Obama have huge night in Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have claimed victories in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses  —  With all Democratic precincts reporting, Obama had the support of 38 percent of voters, compared to 30 percent for John Edwards and 29 percent for Hillary Clinton.
David Schoetz / ABCNEWS:
Huckabee Takes Iowa; Romney in 2nd  —  Former Arkansas Governor Rides Momentum Surge to Early Victory  —  ABC News projects that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will win the Iowa Caucuses, beating out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a two-man race for the Republican party's top spot in Iowa.
The Politico:
Iowa leaves GOP in total disarray  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Mike Huckabee's startling, not-even-close victory over Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP field in the Iowa caucus means the Republican Party is in for a wildly unpredictable ride in the weeks ahead.
Washington Wire:
Beginning of the End for Romney?  —  Susan Davis reports from Des Moines, Iowa, on the presidential race.  —  Mitt Romney congratulates Mike Huckabee on his victory in the Iowa caucus.  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, wildly out-spent and out-organized by Mitt Romney here in Iowa …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Macsmind
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.
Discussion: The Corner, Althouse and PoliGazette
You Decide 08!:
Discussion: Hot Air, Tammy Bruce and Viking Pundit
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Takes Iowa in a Big Turnout as Clinton Falters; Huckabee Victor
Gateway Pundit:
Live— Photo-Blogging the Nodaway, Iowa Democratic Caucus
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
Huckabee Wins Iowa's Republican Caucuses
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Live Caucus Blogging from Des Moines by Rick Klein  —  8:28 pm CT: Checking in with the GOP — Fred Thompson stirs.  Running third as of this moment, holding off McCain.  Wonder if Thompson's secretly disappointed — he looked like he needed a nap.  —  8:27 pm CT: It's over way earlier …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Barack Obama scores decisive victory
Discussion: New York Times, The Swamp and Daily Kos
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
I'm Assuming These Sorts of E-mails I'm Getting Are Not Coming …
Discussion: TBogg
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton unbowed by third-place finish
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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 …
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden, Dodd to abandon White House runs  —  (CNN) — Delaware Sen Joe Biden will abandon his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, three sources tell CNN.  He is not expected to endorse any other candidate tonight.  —  A senior campaign aide tells CNN that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd …
You Decide 08!:
Atrios / Eschaton:
Huckenfreude … I'm shocked that Gloria Borger could find an “unaffiliated” strategist who hates Huckabee but is authorized to speak for “the establishment Republican party."  —  9:05: … Republicans:  —  Huckabee 35%  —  Romney 24%  —  Thompson 14%  —  McCain 12%  —  Paul 11%
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Obama Wins Iowa: Why Everyone Has a Reason to Celebrate Tonight  —  Even if your candidate didn't win tonight, you have reason to celebrate.  We all do.  —  Barack Obama's stirring victory in Iowa — down home, folksy, farm-fed, Midwestern, and 92 percent white Iowa — says a lot about America …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Dare we dance on Hillary's political grave?  Update: Shell-shocked conservatives warn of hubris!  —  I don't want to jinx it, especially given the Clintons' knack for comebacks, but in this dark conservative hour we need a little light.  So take heart in this — as bad as I thought she'd do this afternoon, she actually did worse.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Huliq
Matthew Yglesias:
Delivering  —  I think the manner of Barack Obama's win is pretty impressive.  I can't be the only one who was a bit inclined toward a cynical roll of the eyes at the idea of winning on the back of unprecedented turnout, mobilizing new voters, brining in young people, etc.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Matthew Yglesias:
Preordained  —  Watching Chris Matthews, I just saw that Tim Russert has already booked John McCain as his featured interviewee for this Sunday.  Republican presidential candidate who won the Iowa Caucuses?  Well, sorry, you're out of luck.  It's already been decided that the “real” story out of Iowa is McCain....
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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The Corner:
Over the Hill  —  Peter and Rick's posts ought to be read together.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The State Of The Parties  —  Tonight was in many ways devastating news for the GOP.
Houston Chronicle:
DA race faces another twist as Rosenthal reconsiders
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Speech
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Independents  —  They went for Obama and ... Ron Paul respectively.
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
Obama 1, Black Democratic Establishment 0
Discussion: Ed
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Mold Is Smashed  —  Look at their names: Huckabee and Obama.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Dodd withdraws from Democratic field
 Earlier Items: 
Democratic caucus turnout shatters record
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Wow, wow, and wow!  —  I've finally returned to Internet access …
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McCain in NH: Would Be “Fine” To Keep Troops in Iraq for “A Hundred Years”
Discussion: David Corn
Fox News:
Boy, 11, Uses Toy Lightsaber to Defend Mom From Attacker
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Live Coverage Of The Iowa Caucuses
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
NYT reporters get private jet out of Iowa
Discussion: Media Blog
Romney: 'Don't touch the hair'