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4:40 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work  —  A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHY WAS THE NIE RELEASED?....A couple of random thoughts on the newly released NIE concluding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003:  — This NIE was apparently finished a year ago, and its basic parameters were almost certainly common knowledge in the White House well before that.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
NIE Report: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program Years Ago  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Luis Martinez and Kirit Radia Report: In a stunning reversal of Bush administration conventional wisdom, a new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shelved it's nuclear weapons program over four years ago.
Amanda / Think Progress:
NIE: Iran 'Halted' Nuclear Weapons Program In 2003, Unlikely To Develop A Weapon In This Decade  —  A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released today concludes with "high confidence" that "in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program."  From the report's findings:
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IRAN'S BOMB PROGRAM....The newly declassified version …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Production in 2003? How Convenient!
Discussion: Hot Air
Ron Christie / The Hill:
Beginning of the End of the Clinton Campaign (Ron Christie)  —  To be honest, I never thought in the first few days of December I would proffer that the Hillary Campaign for President is near the end.  To wit, her national poll numbers have been plummeting since she seemed unable to answer …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Losing Ground In Iowa, Clinton Assails Obama  —  With a new poll showing her losing ground in the Iowa caucus race, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) mounted a new, more aggressive attack against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Sunday, raising direct questions about his character …
Clinton Pressed / Pew Research Center:
Democratic Primary Preview: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina  —  Summary of Findings  —  Democrats enter the presidential primary campaign upbeat about their candidates and united in their views on major issues.  Sen. Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner in New Hampshire and South Carolina …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary Will Assail Obama's Character, Laughter Abounds
Discussion: Reason Magazine and The Caucus
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama: We're a start-up, Clinton is Microsoft
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Why is HRC stooping So Low?  —  I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the stridency and inaccuracy of charges in Iowa — especially coming from my old friend.  While I'm as hard-boiled as they come about what's said in campaigns, I just don't think Dems should stoop to this.
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
A Non-Story Remakes the Race  —  Last month, Katharine Q. Seelye of the New York Times live-blogged the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.  As the discussion bounced from subject to subject, she marked the topic and the time, then gave her thoughts.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Franken: I Have Iraq Surrounded  —  The Norm Coleman campaign takes Al Franken seriously, at least seriously enough to do their homework on the former comedian, author, and talk-radio host.  If Franken wins the nomination from Michael Cerisi to challenge Coleman in the general election, he will not find Coleman unprepared.
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Chief / looktruenorth.com:
Al Franken: Open Minded...
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
HillaryClinton.com:
Sen. Obama Rewrites History, Claims He Hasn't Been Planning White House Run  —  Today in Iowa, Senator Barack Obama said: "I have not been planning to run for President for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for."  —  Oh really?
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The Corner:
Shocked  —  It took five months and almost 7,000 words, but The New Republic and its editor Franklin Foer have finally retracted the piece "Shock Troops."  —  As most of the blog world knows by now, TNR published "Shock Troops" on July 13 under the byline Scott Thomas …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Fabulisms Update  —  I don't think TNR comes out of the Beauchamp affair looking good.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pro-Huckabee group revealed  —  Mike Huckabee's campaign is being aided by an independent group run by a former top aide at the NRSC and funded in part by a group of retired Procter & Gamble executives in Ohio.  —  "Trust Huckabee," whose website went live last week, was responsible …
David Mark / The Politico:
CNN, LA Times, Politico to sponsor debates  —  Amid a likely maelstrom of campaign activity in an increasingly fluid presidential race, Democratic presidential candidates are set to square off in Los Angeles Jan. 31 at a debate sponsored by CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Politico and sanctioned by the California Democratic Party.
Wall Street Journal:
Subprime Debacle Traps Even Very Credit-Worthy  —  As Housing Boomed,  —  Industry Pushed Loans  —  To a Broader Market  —  One common assumption about the subprime mortgage crisis is that it revolves around borrowers with sketchy credit who couldn't have bought a home without paying punitively high interest rates.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and New York Observer
New York Times:
Lashing Justice  —  Muslims who wonder why non-Muslims are often baffled, angered, even frightened by some governments' interpretation of Islamic law need only look to the cases of two women in Saudi Arabia and Sudan threatened with barbaric lashings.  —  In Saudi Arabia, a woman who was gang-raped was sentenced to 90 lashes.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Cold Fury
 
 
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