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7:10 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.
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
Hostages situation at Clinton campaign office ends
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
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
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.
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.
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Nigeria Turns From Harsher Side of Islamic Law  —  KANO, Nigeria — Just last year, the morality police roamed these streets in dusky blue uniforms and black berets, brandishing cudgels at prayer shirkers and dragging fornicators into Islamic courts to face sentences like death by public stoning.
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
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John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: L.A. Times
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
In Iraq, Psyops Team Plays on Iran Fears, Soccer Love
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Brooks / New York Times:
Wounds of the Revolution  —  During the 20th century …
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Pew Hispanic Center:
English Usage Among Hispanics in the United States
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Tester calls for more Iraqi responsibility during visit to country
Satyam / Think Progress:
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Mike Underwood / Boston Herald:
Hey, St. Nick: Put down the cookie
Discussion: The Agitator
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Will Anyone Care?
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
US withdraws Mideast resolution at UN
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