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3:20 AM ET, December 2, 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.
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
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.
Discussion: Corrente
Jonathan Roos / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee new GOP leader in Iowa Poll  —  Mike Huckabee has leaped ahead of Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney in Iowa, seizing first place in a new Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus participants.  —  Huckabee wins the support of 29 percent of Iowans who say they definitely …
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Obama pulls ahead for Democrats in Iowa Poll  —  Barack Obama has pulled ahead in the race for Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses, while the party's national frontrunner Hillary Clinton has slipped to second in the leadoff nominating state, according to The Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll.
Discussion: Open Left, MyDD and Riehl World View
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Huckabee's Stature Rises, Mobilizing Tax Critics  —  As Mike Huckabee rises in the Republican presidential polls, fiscal conservatives have been raising alarms about a series of tax increases he oversaw while governor of Arkansas — new taxes on gasoline, nursing home beds and even pet groomers.
Discussion: The Mahablog and
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ryan Sager / New York Post:
CRACKPOT REVOLUTION  —  FOLKS in Washington seem to think that …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Fox News:
Hillary Clinton Draws Boos at Iowa Campaign Event, 1 Day After Hostage Situation  —  Whatever public sympathy Hillary Clinton had built up during the tense hostage situation at her New Hampshire campaign office appeared to dissipate Saturday, as she was met with a round of boos during an address …
Discussion: Classical Values
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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Was It Corruption?  —  Plenty of accusations have flown …
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.
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Credit Crisis Adds to Gloom in Arctic Norway  —  At this time of year, the sun does not rise at all this far north of the Arctic Circle.  But Karen Margrethe Kuvaas says she has not been able to sleep well for days.  —  What is keeping her awake are the far-reaching ripple effects …
Discussion: and Calculated Risk
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None of The Below  —  Arthur Balfour, the British statesman …
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