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3:55 PM ET, December 1, 2007


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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:
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: The American Pundit and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 (Update: He'll Boycott Himself?)
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
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Feminist Pitch for a Democrat Named Obama  —  In the intensifying battle for the votes of Democratic women, Senator Barack Obama's campaign is trying to turn years of feminist thinking on its head and argue that the best candidate for women may, in fact, be a man.
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
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!
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Va. GOP Abandons Loyalty Pledge  —  Virginia Republican leaders decided yesterday to scrap plans to require voters to sign a loyalty pledge before they cast their ballots in the Feb. 12 presidential primary.  —  The decision by the 86-member Virginia Republican State Central Committee …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
None of The Below  —  Arthur Balfour, the British statesman …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Iowa, NH Democratic chairs: Contests 'fluid... in flux''
Associated Press:
State official blames evolution politics for resignation
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Thompson Bid, Criticized as Sleepy, Is at the Least Unconventional
Discussion: Hot Air
Bush urged to seize Pakistan's arsenal
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Price of Annapolis
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Jordan's Spy Agency: Holding Cell for the CIA
Discussion: Booman Tribune
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Witness Names to Be Withheld From Detainee
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100 walk out on Ashcroft talk