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7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2007


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Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
Fog of War  —  The story of our Baghdad Diarist.  —  For months, our magazine has been subject to accusations that stories we published by an American soldier then serving in Iraq were fabricated.  When these accusations first arose, we promised our readers a full account of our investigation.
Confederate Yankee:
TNR Folds  —  It took fourteen pages—13 of those geared towards Franklin' Foer's attempt to keep his job—but here's the punchline: … Stay tuned.  I'll have much more later, including why Franklin Foer said nothing to justify keeping his job.
Michelle Malkin:
Bombshell...TNR 'fesses up: The Beauchamp stories are bullcrap  —  Well, well, well.  Ready for your weekend schadenfreude?  At long last, TNR 'fesses up to the Scott Thomas Beauchamp debacle.  In an act of grace, the magazine has thanked its critics and apologized to the military.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   TNR: We can no longer stand by Beauchamp's stories
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.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Discussion: The American Pundit and 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Giuliani Scandal Expands, Somewhat
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Rudy's Security Blanket
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Signing statement is president's first since 2006  —  Had used tactic often before power shift in Congress  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush this month issued his first signing statement since the Democratic takeover of Congress, reserving the right to bypass 11 provisions in a military appropriations bill under his executive powers.
Discussion: Think Progress and the talking dog
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.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The Reaction
Chavez threatens to cut oil if U.S. questions vote  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) — President Hugo Chavez on Friday wrapped up his campaign to push through broad constitutional changes with a broadside attack against adversaries at home and abroad — including a threat to cut off oil exports to the United States.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chavez Threatens US Oil Supply (Update: He'll Boycott Himself?)
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
CNN: Corrupt News Network  —  A self-serving agenda was set for the Republican presidential debates.  —  THE United States is at war in the Middle East and Central Asia, the economy is writhing like a snake with a broken back, oil prices are relentlessly climbing toward $100 a barrel …
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats' battle shifts to healthcare  —  The three leading candidates spar over how 'universal' coverage must be and whose reform plan is bolder or more feasible.  —  WASHINGTON — As voting fast approaches in a hotly competitive presidential primary campaign, the battle in the Democratic field …
Robin Toner / New York Times:   Feminist Pitch by a Democrat Named Obama
John McCormick / The Swamp:
'The Illinois Caucuses'  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa …
Max Blumenthal /
Tom Tancredo Hired Illegal Laborers to Renovate His McMansion  —  Anti-immigration zealot and GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo hired what he often refers to as "criminal aliens" to renovate his Colorado house.  —  Share and save this post:  —  Also in Top Stories  —  George Monbiot, Comment Is Free
Discussion: Lonewacko and DownWithTyranny!
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