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1:35 PM ET, December 1, 2007


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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Did yesterday's hostage crisis teach us anything about Hillary Clinton?  —  You might think we got a chance to see how she deals with a crisis, but that's not really so.  She had no executive authority in the matter.  The local police had to handle the situation.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton seizes opportunity after crisis  —  Friday afternoon began with possible tragedy: A hostage crisis at Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire.  —  As the incident unfolded Clinton's campaign closed its doors and canceled her public appearances.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Talk About Spin  —  Everyone expressed gratitude and relief at the end of the hostage crisis yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, when police arrested the disturbed man who created it.  No one got hurt and a sick man will get the care he needs, and the community will receive protection from him as well.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Clinton calm in hostage crisis  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.  —  The image, broadcast just as the network news began …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
PLEASE WAIT TWO HOURS AFTER EATING BEFORE READING THIS  —  I didn't realize that the Associated Press had gone in to the pharmacy business.  If I had, I wouldn't have been so astonished to read this emetic about the hostage situation at Hillary's New Hampshire office yesterday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SHAG FUND — IT'S ON US!  —  Yesterday, every reporter who wanted a copy, was allowed to go down to City Hall and pick up copies of the city financial records that were the basis of the original Shag Fund report in the  That's how we found out about the weird $400,000 prepayment …
NY Daily News:
City taxpayers picked up tab for Judith Giuliani's visit to kin in Pennsylvania  —  In the fall of 2001, city cops chauffeured Rudy Giuliani's then-mistress, Judith Nathan, to her parents' Pennsylvania home 130 miles away on the taxpayers' dime.  —  Records show that city cops refueled …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Rudy's Security Blanket
Raúl Isaías Baduel / New York Times:
Why I Parted Ways With Chávez  —  ON Dec. 17, 1982, three of my fellow officers in the Venezuelan Army and I swore our allegiance to the Bolivarian Revolutionary Army 2000.  We considered ourselves to be at the birth of a movement that would turn a critical eye on Venezuela's troubled social …
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Chávez Bluster Surges Ahead of Referendum  —  Some Observers Link Talk to Tight Contest  —  On the eve of a referendum that President Hugo Chávez has cast as a plebiscite on his rule, the populist leader is escalating his verbal assaults on foes real and imagined …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chavez Threatens US Oil Supply (Update: He'll Boycott Himself?)
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Marc Burleigh / Agence France Presse:
Chavez oil threat raises stakes in Venezuelan referendum
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Rove's Version of 2002 War Vote Is Disputed  —  Former White House aide Karl Rove said yesterday it was Congress, not President Bush, who wanted to rush a vote on the looming war in Iraq in the fall of 2002, a version of events disputed by leading congressional Democrats and even some former Rove colleagues.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Good Morning  —  Welcome to the new Firedoglake.  As you can see, we've been busy making a few changes.  —  The biggest change will be in the comment section, where we're going be implementing registration to keep the load on both our servers and our moderators from getting any heavier.
April D. Deconick / New York Times:
Gospel Truth  —  AMID much publicity last year, the National Geographic Society announced that a lost 3rd-century religious text had been found, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  The shocker: Judas didn't betray Jesus.  Instead, Jesus asked Judas, his most trusted and beloved disciple, to hand him over to be killed.
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Jordan's Spy Agency: Holding Cell for the CIA  —  Foreign Terror Suspects Tell of Torture  —  AMMAN, Jordan — Over the past seven years, an imposing building on the outskirts of this city has served as a secret holding cell for the CIA.  —  The building is the headquarters …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Price of Annapolis  —  Lebanese democracy.  —  WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, Saad al-Hariri's Mostaqbal party agreed to a constitutional amendment that would allow Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Michel Suleiman to be elected president.  Up until now, Hariri and his March 14 allies …
Discussion: Solomonia
Bryan / Hot Air:
Helen Thomas pwned by Dana Perino Video added  —  Heh. … I would say that Thomas is a disgrace to her profession, but it was their choice to put her on the front row in these gaggles.  It's therefore their call whether she's a disgrace or not, and if they think she is they'll move her off the front row.
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino and Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Flopping Aces
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Death, Taxes and Mrs. Clinton  —  Only two of them are inevitable.  —  I will never forget that breathtaking moment when, in the CNN/YouTube debate earlier this fall, the woman from Ohio held up a picture and said, "Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Edwards, this is a human fetus.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton Narrowly Leads Democratic Hopefuls in New Hampshire
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