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In the Front-runner's series final installment, Michael Leahy's profile of Rudy Giuliani takes us back to a moment in his boyhood when his father had a "nervous breakdown" after being arrested for "loitering for immoral purposes" in a public restroom, according to a Giuliani family friend, and shows us the origins of Giuliani's ethic of loyalty, as well as his later commitment to fighting the mob. Dan Balz explores the prospects for Giuliani's campaign, which "has defied political gravity ," Robin Givhan looks at his suit-wearing ways, even to "a NASCAR pit," and Sketch columnist Dana Milbank declares "The Rudy Giuliani campaign speech can be summarized in just three digits: 9-1-1." (For the full series and earlier profiles, click here.)

Alec MacGillis explores Hillary Clinton's ties in New Hampshire and finds that "there are signs that all the time spent building connections and nourishing the memories of 1992 in the state with the first-in-the nation primary will not necessarily be enough to make New Hampshire the bulwark that Clinton might need against an early setback."

In The Sunday Fix, Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray report that a "trio of independent groups coordinating their efforts on behalf of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) have spent nearly $1.7 million over the past month in Iowa and New Hampshire." Meanwhile, over at The Fix (online), Cillizza considers the fall-out from the Des Moines Register endorsement of Hillary Clinton and asks "how did Clinton win the Register's editorial board over? And what does it mean for her and her main opponents in the final 18 days before the Iowa caucuses?" Click here for answers.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 16, 2007; 1:19 PM ET
 
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