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10:20 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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Revisionism and The Iranian Non-Bomb  —  The latest news from Iran about the supposed abandonment in 2003 of the effort to produce a Bomb — if even remotely accurate — presents somewhat of a dilemma for liberal Democrats.  —  Are they now to suggest that Republicans have been warmongering …
The Corner:
Re: Iranian Nukes  —  Jonah, the purpose of this NIE is to prevent Bush from using military force during the remainder of his term to destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program.  —  A friend, formerly at the CIA, tells me that while this NIE
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Five Questions Concerning the Latest NIE  —  The story dominating the news cycle right now is the public release of "Key Judgments" from an NIE on Iran's nuclear program.  In particular, the first sentence of the NIE is drawing the press's intention: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003 …
New York Times:
White House Reaction to Iran Report  —  Here is the text of a statement issued today by Stephen Hadley, President Bush's national security adviser, concerning the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear weapons program.  The intelligence estimate says that, contrary to previous assessments …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Congress (Probably) Didn't Compel Release of Iran Intel Report
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Flashback: Bush Warns of World War III: They Knew Iran had stopped all along!
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.
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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 …
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Significant drops in support for Clinton & Giuliani  —  "National support for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani significantly eroded over the past month," USA TODAY Washington bureau chief Susan Page writes.  —  Meanwhile, Republican Mike …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani gets praise from Norquist
Discussion: TownHall Blog
The Smoking Gun:
Senate Aide In Kiddie Sex Bust  —  FBI: Staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell sought tryst with boy  —  A U.S. Senate aide was arrested Friday after allegedly arranging a lunchtime sexual encounter with a teenage boy, according to federal court records.  James McHaney, 28, was nabbed by FBI agents …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Reid pushes back on Iraq optimism  —  Democrats are increasingly bailing on their previously held view that the troop surge in Iraq has been a "failure," but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't ready to jump on the bandwagon with other Democrats who say the surge has worked.
au.org:
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Public Funding Of Evangelical Prison Program In Iowa  —  Americans United Praises Court Ruling That Upholds Separation Of Church And State  —  A federal appeals court today ruled that tax funding of an evangelical Christian rehabilitation program …
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Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
Appeals court strikes down faith-based prison program
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
David Evans / Bloomberg:
Montana, Connecticut Hold Downgraded by Moody's  —  Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — Montana and Connecticut state-run investment pools hold debt tainted by the subprime mortgage collapse whose ratings were cut or put under review by Moody's Investors Service, the latest examples of downgraded holdings …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Beware The Mormon Captivity Cont'd  —  Well, waiting for specific examples of what, exactly, a Mormon president might do that warrants explicitly voting against a Mormon is a bit like waiting for Godot.  Most of the responses I've received flatly admit that there is no problem with Mitt's conservatism, it's the Mormonism.
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