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5:30 PM ET, November 30, 2007


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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 …
Hostages taken at Clinton N.H. office  —  Situation 'fluid,' police say after three people freed  —  Police in Rochester, N.H., set up Friday near the Hillary Clinton office where a man took hostages.  —  Hostage situation  —  Nov. 30: MSNBC's Chris Jansing and Contessa Brewer talk to NBC's Mike Memoli about the hostage taking.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Report: Armed man takes hostages at/near Hillary NH office; WMUR confirms two being held; Update: Released?  ; Update: Report - Still two hostages being held?  ; Three total released, suspect ID'd as conspiracy theorist  —  WMUR screenshot of second hostage released  —  Update 3:54pm Eastern.
Hostages held at Clinton campaign office  —  (CNN) — Two people held hostage at Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, have been freed, CNN affiliate WMUR said Friday.  —  Neither hostage was harmed, another affiliate, WCVB, reported on its Web site.
Discussion: Salon and Booman Tribune
Bryan / Hot Air:
Breaking: Man takes hostages at Clinton's NH campaign office; Update: Witness names suspect, claims he complained of bug being planted in his head; Update: Still hostages inside?  Update: Suspect misidentified?  —  Going on right now in Rochester, NH.  Clinton wasn't at the office or even in the state.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
Michael James / Rapid Report:
Hostage Situation at Clinton Office  —  A man who claimed he had a bomb strapped to his body walked into a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, N.H., and initially took four hostages, law enforcement sources said.  —  Two of the four hostages — an adult and a child — subsequently were released, the sources said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Threat Level
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:   At Least 2 Hostages Released From Clinton's N.H. Office
Boston Herald:
Tense standoff outside Clinton N.H. office
Discussion: Pottersville
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Armed standoff reported at Clinton campaign office, several hostages held
Discussion: Think Progress and Lynn Sweet
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton cancels DNC speech
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Amanda / Think Progress:
Hostages held at Clinton's NH campaign office.
Discussion: Associated Press
The New / The Caucus:
Hostage Situation at Clinton Office in N.H.
Beverley Wang / Associated Press:
Man takes hostages at Clinton office
Discussion: The Seminal
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Romney Demurs on Giuliani Expense Issue  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Maybe they are pals after all.  —  Mitt Romney was uncharacteristically charitable today toward his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Rudolph W. Giuliani, when responding to questions from reporters …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney reserves judgement on Rudy records  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mitt Romney said he would extend "the benefit of the doubt" to Rudy Giuliani over charges that the former mayor billed security expenses to obscure city agencies — but also suggested that he welcomed the story playing out further.
The Blotter:
NYPD Chief Casts Doubt on Giuliani Expense Story
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Spin Cycle
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Know-Nothings Who Know Better  —  Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani …
CNN Political Ticker:
Murtha clarifies surge remarks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following a headline-grabbing uproar, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, moved swiftly Friday to clarify earlier remarks that seemed to suggest the Iraq surge policy was working.  —  The surge, he said in a statement …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
RUDY REFUSES TO ANSWER NYC QUESTIONS  —  From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger  —  OKATIE, SC — Giuliani refused to take questions here today about allegations that travel expenses were picked up by obscure city offices when he was mayor of New York City.  —  "We've already explained it," …
Discussion: bustardblog
National, United States  —  Job Status:  —  Freelance  —  Salary:  —  Negotiable  —  Ad Expires:  —  Job ID:  —  CBS is expanding its coverage of the environment.  We seek a talented reporter/host for Internet video broadcast.  We are looking for smart, creative …
Discussion: Hot Air, and FishBowlDC
Moderates Dominate GOP Debate; Only Fred Sounded Conservative  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: It was fascinating to me, as I said, to watch this because it hit me upside the head — even though, as I say, I instinctively knew this — that all of the top-tier candidates, because of these questions …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Stem Cell Vindication For Bush  —  "If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough."  —  WASHINGTON — A decade ago, Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells.
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