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5:30 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.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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 …
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
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Rudy's Security Blanket
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.
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Signing statement is president's first since 2006
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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 …
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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
'The Illinois Caucuses'  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa …
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.
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, No Runny Eggs and Donklephant
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Union Leader to Endorse McCain?
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
None of The Below  —  Arthur Balfour, the British statesman …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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: Eunomia and Hot Air
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Wall St. Sees Silver Lining in Economy
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Good Morning
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Price of Annapolis
Discussion: Solomonia
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Jordan's Spy Agency: Holding Cell for the CIA
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Witness Names to Be Withheld From Detainee