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2:15 PM ET, November 30, 2007

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Helen A / Daily Mail:
Thousands of Islamic fanatics wielding knives demand jailed teddy bear teacher is executed  —  Thousands of Islamic fanatics wielding clubs and knives are marching through the streets of Khartoum demanding the execution of teddy bear teacher Gillian Gibbons.
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Murtha's surge comments a problem for Dems  —  Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is working."  This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders …
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The Politico:
Democrats: Voters shifting focus from Iraq  —  Congressional Democrats are reporting a striking change in districts across the country: Voters are shifting their attention away from the Iraq war.  —  Rep. Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee, said not a single constituent has asked …
CNN Political Ticker:
Murtha clarifies surge remarks
Discussion: QandO
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NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani campaign team backtracks on tryst talk  —  The uproar grew Thursday over expenses for Rudy Giuliani's protection during his trysts with Judith Nathan as his campaign's initial defense - that its accounting methods were the same as previous mayors' - unraveled.
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Hallelujah!  New York Times Does An Epic Fact-Check Of Rudy's Multiple Falsehoods
Discussion: The Heretik
WCVB-TV:
Hostages Taken At Clinton Campaign Office  —  Police Unclear As To How Many People Involved  —  BOSTON — An armed man took at least two workers hostage Friday at a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office in New Hampshire, police said.  —  The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Friday at 28 Main St. in Rochester.
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WMUR:
Man Takes Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office  —  ROCHESTER, N.H. — ROCHESTER, N.H. An armed man has taken two campaign workers hostage at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, police said.  —  Officials with the campaign confirmed that there were two workers taken hostage …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mandates and Mudslinging  —  From the beginning, advocates of universal health care were troubled by the incompleteness of Barack Obama's plan, which unlike those of his Democratic rivals wouldn't cover everyone.  But they were willing to cut Mr. Obama slack on the issue, assuming that in the end he would do the right thing.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Stem Cell Vindication  —  "If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough."  —  A decade ago, Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells.  Last week, he (and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka) …
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Michael Kinsley / Time:
Why Science Can't Save the GOP
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
A surprise turn in Iowa's Republican race  —  Huckabee suddenly appears poised to challenge Romney to win the first GOP presidential contest.  —  DES MOINES — With 34 days remaining, the Republican presidential race in Iowa has broken wide open, as Mike Huckabee surges into contention with the longtime front-runner, Mitt Romney.
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CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee sees gains in Iowa, South Carolina
Discussion: The Hill and The Swamp
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others  —  Relationship persists even when controlling for other variables  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Card Rejects Rove's Claim That Congress Pushed Bush To War: 'His Mouth Gets Ahead Of His Brain'  —  Karl Rove asserted on the Charlie Rose show recently that it was Congress that pushed the Bush administration into war with Iraq.  "The administration was opposed" to voting for a war resolution in the fall of 2002, Rove claimed.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Candidate's 'Catch Me if You Can'  —  Reporters Following Hillary Clinton on the Campaign Trail Are Covered in Dust  —  CONCORD, N.H. — ABC correspondent Kate Snow was ready to push through the crowd and ask Hillary Clinton a question until an aide blocked the path of Snow's sound man …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Banks Near A Plan to Freeze Subprime Rates  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and major financial institutions are close to agreeing on a plan that would temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime home loans, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Adam Leech / Portsmouth Herald:
Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran … aleech@seacoastonline.com  —  Check back mid morning on Friday for a photo gallery from this event  —  PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without Congressional approval.
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
Rice: I know what it's like to be Palestinian
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Muslim artist files complaint against airline
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: 'Fatah, Hamas may join ranks'
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Ron Paul on track to be biggest fundraiser
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TIME
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Dean: "We are the party of America's future"
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
U.S. Special Counsel Says He Won't Provide Files
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A dollar dump? Not likely
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Why No Big Blogospheric Libel Suits?
Discussion: QandO
New York Times:
A New Push to Roll Back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'