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3:25 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  —  Nobel Peace laureate Tad Daley, a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, has a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer arguing that Iran has a right to seek nuclear weapons.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:   Reading Comprehension
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
Discussion: The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Anti-abortion group to endorse Thompson  —  Fred Thompson will pick up the support of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) tomorrow, according to two Republicans familar with the decision.  —  For a candidate who came up empty-handed last week when three prominent Christian conservatives …
CNN:
Armitage: CIA leak was "foolish"  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The man who revealed that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA said that he was "extraordinarily foolish" to leak her name.  —  Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview broadcast Sunday …
Discussion: A Blog For All, Macsmind and Hot Air
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Reason No. 384 Why I Love Our Commenters
Discussion: NYT, RADAMISTO and The Corner
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?
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.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
TOP SPITZ MAN TOLD AIDE TO LIE: INSIDER  —  Gov. Spitzer's former communications di rector, Darren Dopp, asked another Spitzer aide to lie about the origins of the Dirty Tricks Scandal - including the governor's own allegedly extensive knowledge of the plot to smear the Senate's GOP leader, a well-placed source told The Post yesterday.
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 …
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Rothenberg: The GOP's Not Dead Yet  —  If you listen to some election prognosticators, you get the sense that the 2008 election is already over.  It sometimes seems as if the only questions left are whether the Democrats will have 60 Senate seats and if so, how long it will take to approve single-payer health care.
Discussion: Eunomia and DownWithTyranny!
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Michelle Obama: Inferiority Complex Prevents Blacks From Supporting Obama  —  Guess I won't be calling Mika Brzezinski a "newsreader" again anytime soon.  She went to Iowa over the weekend and scored an in-depth interview with Michelle Obama that included a highly-controversial suggestion from the candidate's wife.
 
 
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Colorado Springs and the Politics of Conformity
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The Corner:
Mars, Venus  —  Sometimes the chasm between the male & female varieties …
CBS News:
They Fought For The Right To Fight
Daily Mail:
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Robert Stacy McCain / Washington Times:
'24' chief scoffs at Hillary
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
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Over There — and Gone Forever
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