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7:15 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.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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 …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
NIE Report: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program Years Ago  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Luis Martinez, Kirit Radia and Jennifer Duck Report: In a stunning reversal of Bush administration conventional wisdom, a new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shelved …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
WELL, THAT'S CONVENIENT: "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."
Think Progress:
Hadley: Bush Learned Of NIE's Findings 'In The Last Few Months …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
New York Times:
White House Reaction to Iran Report
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE, Danger Room and Salon
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Flashback: Bush Warns of World War III: They Knew Iran had stopped all along!
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Congress (Probably) Didn't Compel Release of Iran Intel Report
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Amanda / Think Progress:   Despite Knowledge That Iran Halted Nuke Program, White House Continued …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
NRO: Still Learning The Lessons  —  Earlier this afternoon, Kathryn Jean Lopez joined me on Heading Right Radio to discuss the continuing controversy over reporting at The Tank by Thomas Smith.  Smith wrote two posts at The Tank in September which got events spectacularly incorrect …
Discussion: The Corner and The Atlantic Online
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
NRO Was Told Smith Was "A Liar" On October 5
Discussion: Back to Iraq and Ezra Klein
The Atlantic Online:
Romney's Religion Speech: Pros and Cons  —  "We have a lot of states about to vote in rapid succession and voters want to be comfortable with who candidates really are," a senior adviser to Mitt Romney says., "If we waited any longer, folks would be voting and you couldn't give the speech …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
The Speech  —  As you may have noticed, I have had a few things …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Bush blasts Senate over pro forma sessions  —  President Bush Monday welcomed back Congress by criticizing Democrats for their priorities and blasting the Senate for using a procedural maneuver to prevent him from making recess appointments.  —  "In a political maneuver designed to block …
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 …
Antonio Olivo / Chicago Tribune:
Citizenship in sight, but then she voted  —  Immigrant says registering, then casting ballot were innocent errors, not reason for deportation  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Beth Keathley was so close to becoming a permanent U.S. resident that she could already feel its benefits showering over her …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
 
 
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