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10:45 AM ET, December 1, 2007


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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  —  Hugo Chavez, facing a potentially embarrassing defeat on his dictatorship referendum this weekend, has declared the opposition a CIA operation.  He now says those voting against a potential lifetime presidency for himself will have cast a vote for George Bush …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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 …
Marc Burleigh / Agence France Presse:
Chavez oil threat raises stakes in Venezuelan referendum
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Horses Mouth
Mike Allen / The Politico:
WH says 1,000,000 docs handed over
Discussion: The Swamp and Buck Naked Politics
Alicia Mundy / Seattle Times:
On 5th Iraq visit, Rep. Norm Dicks sees mixed results
Discussion: Weekly Standard and CNN
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
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino and Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator  —  Press Briefing Slide (PDF, 186KB, 1 page)  —  MS. PERINO: It's been our great pleasure to work with Kelly O'Donnell of NBC News.  And today is her last day covering the White House full-time, and so we wish you the very best in your — (applause.)
Discussion: Flopping Aces
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Witness Names to Be Withheld From Detainee  —  Defense lawyers preparing for the war crimes trial of a 21-year-old Guantánamo detainee have been ordered by a military judge not to tell their client — or anyone else — the identity of witnesses against him, newly released documents show.
Discussion: KnoxViews, TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Counterinsurgency Class, Soldiers Think Like Taliban
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Alistair Barr / MarketWatch:
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James Tozer / Daily Mail:
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Topher Sanders / The Ithaca Journal:
100 walk out on Ashcroft talk
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area mail ballots to be big factor in February, poll indicates
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
Nigeria Turns From Harsher Side of Islamic Law
Pew Hispanic Center:
English Usage Among Hispanics in the United States
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Calls in Sudan for Execution of British Teacher
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Study Details How U.S. Could Cut 28% of Greenhouse Gases
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Confirmed: Sen. Boxer's Impeachment Grudge