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11:15 AM ET, December 1, 2007


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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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Discussion: Chuck Adkins
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chavez Threatens US Oil Supply
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Marc Burleigh / Agence France Presse:
Chavez oil threat raises stakes in Venezuelan referendum
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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 …
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
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 …
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino and Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Putin Withdraws Russia From Major Arms Treaty  —  President Vladimir Putin signed a law Friday suspending Russia's participation in a major conventional arms treaty that had limited NATO and Russian military deployments in Europe.  —  The Kremlin had been threatening all year to scrap …
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