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6:50 AM ET, December 1, 2007


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New York Times:
Suspect Is Arrested in Clinton Office Standoff  —  A tense standoff at a presidential campaign office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Rochester, N.H., ended shortly after 6 p.m. this evening when a man later identified as Leeland Eisenberg was taken into police custody after holding at least four people hostage.
Discussion: BitsBlog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Clinton Hostage Drama  —  As I type I do not know how hostage situation will turn out; obviously I hope that it ends peaceably with no one hurt [Wish granted, see UPDATE] [E&P identifies the perpetrator as Leeland Eisenberg; a Leeland Eisenberg of Rochester, NH was cited for stalking and DUI in 2007.
Associated Press:
Details of Clinton office standoff  —  Man arrested after he releases all hostages, walks out of building in N.H.  —  ROCHESTER, N.H. - Leeland Eisenberg was already in trouble before he walked into one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign offices.  —  Three days earlier …
Hostages situation at Clinton campaign office ends
Man Takes Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office
The Blotter:
NYPD Chief Casts Doubt on Giuliani Expense Story  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  New questions were raised today about Rudy Giuliani's explanation for submitting police security expenses to obscure city agencies while he was mayor of New York and carried on a secret affair with his mistress …
Andrew Kirtzman / WCBS-TV:
Source: Nathan's Friends, Family Used NYPD Service  —  Cops Chauffeured Relatives Around Without Her In Car  —  The revelations continue in the case of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the security detail for Judith Nathan, his one-time mistress who is now his wife.
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Romney Demurs on Giuliani Expense Issue
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Give Dana Perino a Raise  —  Q Why should we depend on him?  —  MS. PERINO: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen.  He's the one who is making sure that the situation is moving —  Q You mean how many more people we kill?  —  MS. PERINO: Helen …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton Narrowly Leads Democratic Hopefuls in New Hampshire  —  NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton narrowly leads the pack of Democratic hopefuls in New Hampshire, with Barack Obama coming in a close second.  In addition, while Bill Richardson is barely on the radar screen nationally …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Death, Taxes and Mrs. Clinton
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Rudy Put $400,000 In Advance Funds On Credit Card For Travel Expenses  —  We've been swimming in credit card receipts from Rudy Giuliani's administration today, and one thing in particular has struck us: in 2001, apparently with an eye to future globetrotting, Giuliani's administration sent a check for $400,000 to American Express.
Discussion: Riehl World View
War funding compromise shot down  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A top Democrat who had hinted that a compromise on war funding was possible appeared to back away from the idea Friday as the Democratic congressional leadership refused to consider it.  —  On Thursday, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania …
Alicia Mundy / Seattle Times:
On 5th Iraq visit, Rep. Norm Dicks sees mixed results
Discussion: Weekly Standard, CNN and Don Surber
Mike Allen / The Politico:
WH says 1,000,000 docs handed over  —  The Bush administration recently passed an unusual landmark: 1 million documents to Congress since Democrats gained control of both chambers in January, the White House says.  —  The White House has resisted demands for many more.
Discussion: The Swamp and Buck Naked Politics
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Confirmed: Sen. Boxer's Impeachment Grudge  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), through a spokeswoman, now acknowledges she is blocking former Rep. James Rogan's (R-Calif.) nomination to the federal bench because of his role in impeaching former president Bill Clinton.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Romney badmouths Huckabee, Rudy in Iowa  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Acknowledging a tightening race in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney challenged rival Mike Huckabee's fiscal record of raising taxes in Arkansas and supporting in-state tuition breaks for children of undocumented immigrants.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Romney reserves judgement on Rudy records
Julia / Firedoglake:
late night old friends  —  Is this thing on?  —  Hi.  I'm Julia, and I'm new (when I get to it, I blog here).  Anyway, as long as I have you all here, I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity to put in a bid for my favorite Giuliani scandal, which I think is being unjustly neglected.
Potential Hot Spots Article Index :  —  Current 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006  —  Items About Areas That Could Break Out Into War  —  The government's own inflation data put the inflation rate at 7,600 percent a year.  Economic analysts outside of Zimbabwe think it may be even higher …
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
New York Times:
Lawmakers Set Deal on Raising Fuel Efficiency  —  Congressional negotiators reached a deal late Friday on energy legislation that would force American automakers to improve the fuel efficiency of their cars and light trucks by 40 percent by 2020.  —  The proposal, which would require automakers …
Discussion: MyDD
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Calls in Sudan for Execution of British Teacher  —  Hundreds of demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, poured into the streets on Friday demanding the execution of a British teacher who was convicted of insulting Islam because her class of 7-year-olds named a teddy bear Muhammad.
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: Crunchy Con
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Pew Hispanic Center:
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Satyam / Think Progress:
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Mike Underwood / Boston Herald:
Hey, St. Nick: Put down the cookie
Discussion: The Agitator
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Will Anyone Care?
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
US withdraws Mideast resolution at UN
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