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4:10 PM ET, November 12, 2007

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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Obama goes for the capillaries  —  Barack Obama delivers a rousing speech in Iowa on Saturday night, all but calling out Hillary Clinton, and then gets weak-kneed on Sunday morning.  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Nov. 10 in Des Moines.
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Tad Daley / philly.com:
Iran has a right to seek nuclear capability  —  is a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace laureate  —  Some call it "the nuclear double standard;" others, "nuclear apartheid;" still others, "America's nuclear hypocrisy."
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Little Green Footballs:   Anti-Nuke Activist: Iran Has a 'Right' to Nukes
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The Atlantic Online:
Nat'l Right To Life Endorses Thompson
Discussion: jillstanek.com and MSNBC
Nitya / Political Radar:
Falling Flags  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper and Rick Klein Report: It's been a rough stretch for Hillary Clinton — a tough debate performance, a lost voice, and the revelation that the Clinton campaign had been coaching questioners at events.  —  Then, on Sunday, everything started falling down around her.
Fortune:
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
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Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
McCain's Principle, and its Price  —  The McCain campaign, having enjoyed a resurgence of late, continues to suffer from its lack of funds.  And now it will suffer because of the candidate's principles.  The New York Times today carries a front-page piece about the emergence of a new 501 c …
Discussion: The Caucus
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Farmers Ask Federal Court To Dissociate Hemp and Pot  —  Wayne Hauge grows grains, chickpeas and some lentils on 2,000 acres in northern North Dakota.  Business is up and down, as the farming trade tends to be, and he is always on the lookout for a new crop.  He tried sunflowers and safflowers and black beans.
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Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
High on hemp  —  Of all the dunderheaded policies in the war …
Discussion: The American Street
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Reason No. 384 Why I Love Our Commenters  —  Richard Armitage was a guest on CNN's Late Edition yesterday.  Crooks and Liars has the full clip of his appearance where, surprisingly, he was asked about his betrayal of Valerie Plame Wilson (to both Bob Novak and Bob Woodward, just to be clear on all the facts, since only Novak comes up).
Discussion: NYT, RADAMISTO and A NEWT ONE
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Jules Crittenden:
LFL LOL  —  Hollywood anti-war Bush-bash surge tanks at the box office.  UK Guardian: Lions for Lambs turns out to be a turkey.  Spanked by a B, I mean Bee Movie, a gangster's flick and some holiday schlock. … As predicted by Agence France Presse: … The French pegged it.
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
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Juan Cole:
Maliki Said to Induct 18,000 Militiamen into Security Services  —  Al-Zaman reports in Arabic that PM al-Maliki has taken the controversial decision to recruit 18,000 members of Shiite militias into the Iraqi government security forces.  (In fact, the Iraqi military has de facto been recruiting a lot of Shiite militiamen anyway).
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BBC:
Climate scepticism: The top 10  —  What are some of the reasons why "climate sceptics" dispute the evidence that human activities such as industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation are bringing potentially dangerous changes to the Earth's climate?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SPEAKING SOFTLY....Admiral William Fallon thinks that the war party needs to ratchet down its Iran rhetoric, and today David Ignatius reports that Efraim Halevy, the former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, agrees: … This is, though hardly a majority view in Israel, not an uncommon one either.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Security Guard Fires From Convoy, Killing Iraqi Driver  —  An Iraqi taxi driver was shot and killed on Saturday by a guard with DynCorp International, a private security company hired to protect American diplomats here, when a DynCorp convoy rolled past a knot of traffic on an exit ramp in Baghdad …
Cass Sunstein / The Coffee House:
Colorado Springs and the Politics of Conformity  —  What are the effects of the Internet on democracy?  The answer depends, of course, on how people use the Internet.  But let's begin with a possible clue, coming from a small experiment in democracy, held in Colorado in 2005.
The Atlantic Online:
Did Paul Berman Tell Us So?  —  In the midst of an argument with Ian Buruma, liberal hawk extraordinaire Paul Berman tries to convince us that he actually called Iraq correctly, and has merely been magnanimous in not pointing that out: … Here's what Berman was actually writing in February 2003:
 
 
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SUPREME COURT WATCH
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Slandering the American Soldier
The Corner:
Mars, Venus  —  Sometimes the chasm between the male & female varieties …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Rothenberg: The GOP's Not Dead Yet
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Daily Mail:
Arafat memorial erupts into gunfire in Gaza
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'24' chief scoffs at Hillary
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Even ascendant, Dems wary of 'liberal' label
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton suddenly vulnerable as bruises start to show
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
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