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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
An Assessment Jars a Foreign Policy Debate About Iran  —  Rarely, if ever, has a single intelligence report so completely, so suddenly, and so surprisingly altered a foreign policy debate here.  —  An administration that had cited Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons as the rationale …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Needlenose
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003  —  A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.
Discussion: USA Today, The Corner and ParaPundit
Washington Post:
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003  —  A major U.S. intelligence review has concluded that Iran stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program more than four years ago, a stark reversal of previous intelligence assessments that Iran was actively moving toward a bomb.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Candidates Hold to Their Stances on Iran  —  The campaigns of the leading Democratic candidates seized Monday on an intelligence report showing that Iran had halted its development of nuclear weapons, saying the findings justified their more cautious approach to Tehran.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy  —  » ANALYSIS |  President Bush got the world's attention this fall when he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran might lead to World War III.  But his stark warning came at least a month or two after he had first been told about fresh indications that Iran …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHY WAS THE NIE RELEASED?....A couple of random thoughts …
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USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Significant drops in support for Clinton & Giuliani  —  "National support for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani significantly eroded over the past month," USA TODAY Washington bureau chief Susan Page writes.  —  Meanwhile, Republican Mike …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Aims for Anger Without Making People Mad
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN Political Ticker
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
With One Month to Go, the Battle Lines Are Drawn
The Smoking Gun:
Senate Aide In Kiddie Sex Bust  —  FBI: Staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell sought tryst with boy  —  A U.S. Senate aide was arrested Friday after allegedly arranging a lunchtime sexual encounter with a teenage boy, according to federal court records.  James McHaney, 28, was nabbed by FBI agents …
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Sen. John McCain & Sen. Joe Lieberman: It's inexcusable for Congress not to fund troops in Iraq  —  HAVING SPENT much of the past year mired in legislative trench warfare over Iraq, advocates in Congress seeking a mandatory withdrawal of troops are now refusing to pass funding for our forces deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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Tom Smith / The Right Coast:
A lovely fascist fable, just in time for Christmas Tom Smith  —  A lovely fascist fable, just in time for Christmas  —  I read The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife as well.  I would have read The Amber Spyglass, but some kid filched my copy.  The Golden Compass has now been made into a move coming …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Prominent Stem Cell Researcher Praised By Bush Rips White House's Stem Cell Policies  —  Last month, University of Wisconsin professor James Thomson — the first scientist to successfully isolate embryonic stem cells — and his colleagues published a paper in Science Magazine stating …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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Washington Post:
Standing in the Way of Stem Cell Research
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Corner
IBDeditorials.com:
Hyping Hate Crime Vs. Muslims  —  Discrimination: New FBI data on hate crimes reveal Muslim groups are crying wolf about exploding anti-Muslim abuses.  They're actually shrinking, belying claims of mass Islamophobia.  —  Not only are anti-Islamic hate crimes way down, but they're a fraction of overall religious hate crimes.
Chicago Tribune:
The latest turnabout  —  The decision to reduce the charges against Bell was the latest turnabout for Walters, who had vowed to aggressively prosecute the six black youths for their alleged roles in assaulting Justin Barker at Jena High School on Dec. 4, 2006, and kicking him while he lay unconscious.
Associated Press:
Congress takes-on credit card firms  —  Critics say some companies boost rates even when customers pay on time  —  WASHINGTON - Some members of Congress are denouncing credit card industry practices that include raising interest rates for customers whose credit ratings decline, even if they make their card payments on time.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Paulson Sees Limited Aid in Rate Plan  —  The Bush administration's effort to help borrowers in danger of defaulting on their subprime mortgages could help only a small number of those who took out such loans, industry analysts said Monday.  —  Though administration officials have yet …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
 
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