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9:45 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.
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.
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.
Patterico's Pontifications:
BREAKING: The New Republic Retracts Beauchamp Stories  —  On October 12 — shortly after the news broke that Scott Beauchamp had spoken with editors of The New Republic and refused to stand by his story — I asked a very simple question: … As it turns out, they can't.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
TNR: We can no longer stand by Beauchamp's stories  —  Hot off the presses.  It's 14 pages and will take awhile to wade through but here's the big finish:
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Dean's World
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
THE NEW REPUBLIC TRIES TO COME CLEAN ON BEAUCHAMP SCANDAL  —  After more than five months, New Republic editor Franklin Foer has finally responded to allegations of untruths in the Iraq War reporting of Scott Beauchamp in TNR.  But as Bob Owens points out, it takes Foer thirteen pages …
Discussion: QandO and BLACKFIVE
Lindsay Hamilton / Political Radar:
Clinton Booed at Heartland Forum  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: A day after dealing with a hostage crisis, Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a tough crowd in Iowa.  Clinton did not receive the warmest of welcomes at the Heartland Form in Des Moines, IA, and although the hostage scare was mentioned …
Discussion: BitsBlog
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Discussion: The American Pundit and Hot Air
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Winter weather keeps candidates off the stump
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Washington Post and I Am TRex
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 …
Michael Savage /
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT  —  Defendants.  —  COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES  —  FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION  —  1.  —  Michael Savage is the radio show star of "The Michael Savage Show".  "Michael Savage".  Michael Savage is the owner of copyright interests in his show, "The Michael Savage Show" also known as "The Savage Nation".
Owen / Boots and Sabers:
B&S Commenter Arrested  —  Would you like to know more about this? … Yes, the comment in question was posted in a comment thread on B&S. Let me fill in the details...  Late on the evening of Friday, November 16th, Jed and I received an email from a detective with the West Bend Police Department asking me about the above comment.
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 …
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
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April D. Deconick / New York Times:
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