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10:00 PM ET, December 2, 2007


 Top Items: 
Mark Halperin / The Page:
More on Romney Religion Speech  —  The venue is not a surprise, since Romney has given a previous major address (on defense policy) at the Bush library, and the two families are very close.  And Texas, of course, was also the venue for John F. Kennedy's famous speech on religion in 1960 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney to give speech on Mormonism  —  Looks like that PowerPoint that leaked back in February was spot-on.  —  Halperin has the big news: Mitt Romney will take to to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday to give a long-anticipated, much-debated speech about his Mormon faith …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Corner
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Romney to give Mormon speech
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Marissamuller / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney ready to address Mormon religion head-on
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Gateway Pundit:
Doing the Marxist Slide— Venezuela Votes on Chavista Rule... Update: CHAVEZ WINS!... Update 2: Maybe Not?  —  CHAVEZ WINS!!!  (4:30 PM CST)  —  Aljazeera reports: … Reuters reports that "Government Sources" have confirmed that Chavez has won.  —  Sky News and China News are reporting the win for Chavez.
Chavez 'wins Venezuela referendum'  —  Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, is heading for victory in a referendum on allowing him to remain in power as long as he keeps winning elections, two government-linked sources said citing exit polls.  —  Three exit polls showed Chavez won …
Michelle Malkin:
And now for some shoddy war reporting...from an NRO milblogger  —  Ugh.  This is bad on many levels.  W. Thomas Smith, Jr., a former Marine and milblogger who writes at National Review Online's The Tank (and whose work in Iraq I've praised and linked to here), posts a long-winded defense of bogus …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
National Review reporter caught fabricating; where is the "liberal media"?  —  Update II — NR on notice six weeks ago)  —  National Review reporter Thomas Smith has been exposed as a fabulist for plainly fictitious claims he made in two separate NR posts in September regarding Hezbollah's …
The Corner:   Re: Lebanon & "The Tank"
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jay Leno turns traitor: Fires his writers  —  I guess passing out some donuts while wearing his Republican lapel pin to striking writers was as far he was willing to go.  What a putz. … Bob Cesca says:
Atrios / Eschaton:
Jeb'd  —  state of Florida. … Don't know if Siedle has information or if he's just making a guess, but I too suspect that the last gasp of Big S**tpile involved finding marks in state and local governments.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
An Attack, From the Candidate's Mouth  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - At a news conference here just now, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton expanded her attacks on Senator Barack Obama by suggesting that he has a character issue because of his assertions that his health insurance plan covers all Americans …
Brendan Scott / New York Post:
TRYST FUND 'SICKENS' EX-OFFICIAL  —  A former Giuliani administration official says he's "sick" over reports that his little-known agency was used to hide taxpayer money that funded police escorts during the ex-mayor's romantic rendezvous in the Hamptons.  —  "The cover-up of this and the explanations …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mark Steyn / The Australian:
A loss for civilisation  —  ACCORDING to my Oz-watching pals in Britain and the US, John Howard is not a failure but a victim of his own success.  He made Australia safe for the Labor Party: or, at any rate, safe enough that a sufficient number of bored electors were willing to take a flier …
Discussion: Solomonia
Marc Horne / Scotsman:
Bagpipes a threat to the environment (and we're not talking noise pollution)  —  THEY were once outlawed for being used as seditious weapons of war.  Now, bagpipes have been blasted as an environmental menace.  —  Over-intensive logging means that the African wood used to make Scotland's national instrument faces being wiped out.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
DCCC spends $148K for negative campaign ad  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased over $148,000 in television air time in Ohio for a negative campaign advertisement in next week's special election to replace the late Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
An Old Face Resurfaces  —  The Bush administration has offered the former World Bank president a new public service position.  —  Don't ever say the Bush administration doesn't take care of its own.  Nearly three years after Paul Wolfowitz resigned as deputy Defense secretary and six months …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Next Hurrah
Karl Rove / Financial Times:
Memo to Obama: win Iowa or lose the race  —  Not that you have asked for advice, but here it is anyway: Iowa is your chance to best her.  If you do not do it there, odds are you never will anywhere.  You are way behind her in most national polls.  The only way to change that is to beat …
New York Post:
KABUL'D TOGETHER  —  TURNS OUT THE DEMOCRATS WON THE COLD WAR.  WHO KNEW?  —  At last, Hollywood has (sort of) made a pro-CIA, pro-war, anti-Soviet movie: "Charlie Wilson's War."  It's all about how Democrats defeated the Soviet Empire.  —  A better title for the movie would be …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Washington Post:
'A Soldier's Officer'  —  In a nondescript conference room …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Prognosis: Rudy and the records
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Associated Press:
Fire Dept. Suspends Apprentice For Noose, Note
Brigid C. Harrison / New York Times:
Death to Capital Punishment
Discussion: TalkLeft
Times of India:
Wary of Mohammed teddy row, UK author changes characters
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
New anthrax vaccine doomed by lobbying
 Earlier Items: 
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: The Corner and Washington Post
The Devil's Excrement:
Chronicle of a No vote in the Venezuelan referendum
Austin American-Statesman:
Is misdeed a creation of political doctrine?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pharyngula
Francisco / Caracas Chronicles:
Whaddayamean "neck-and-neck"?!?
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Navy would struggle to fight a war - report
Los Angeles Times:
The gentry liberals  —  They're more concerned with global warming …
Sudhir Hazareesingh / Times of London:
Israelis hit Syrian 'nuclear bomb plant'