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2:35 PM ET, November 30, 2007

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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 …
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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.
MSNBC:
Police: Hostages taken at Clinton office  —  'He showed us a bomb,' says woman who was freed  —  ROCHESTER, N.H. - A man took people hostage at a New Hampshire campaign office for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, police said Friday.  —  The man claimed to have a bomb strapped …
WCVB-TV:
Hostages Held By Armed Man At Clinton Office  —  An armed man, possibly with a bomb, has taken people hostage at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, N.H.  —  Clinton, who is not in New Hampshire, is attending a National Democratic Committee meeting in Virginia.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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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 …
Discussion: QandO
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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
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 …
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
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Hallelujah!  New York Times Does An Epic Fact-Check Of Rudy's Multiple Falsehoods  —  As you regulars know, this blog has been obsessing endlessly about the fact that the big news orgs have yet to take a genuinely tough line on Rudy Giuliani's chronic mendacity, which at this point has taken on a soaring, almost operatic quality.
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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 …
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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