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1:30 AM ET, December 4, 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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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 …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:   An Assessment Jars a Foreign Policy Debate
Horses Mouth:
AP Headline Writers Make Iran NIE Say The Opposite of What It Says
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMmuckraker
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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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When Did Scott Ott Become Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager?  —  All right, I know a great satire site when I read it.  Scott Ott must have contracted with the Hillary Clinton campaign for this argument, right?  Only a true satirist or a complete idiot would go after a campaign opponent for his academic record — in kindergarten!
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
So, About That 15 Million Figure You've Been Hearing...
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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Redstate:
Maria Cantwell's Alleged Child Molester [UPDATED]  —  Let's just be up front and honest.  Were it a Republican staffer in the United States Senate, the media would be breaking into whatever you are watching on television right now to tell you about it.  —  How many networks will bring you this news.
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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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.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Prominent Stem Cell Researcher Praised By Bush Rips White House's Stem Cell Policies  —  Last month, University of Wisconsin professor James Thomson — the first scientist to successfully isolate embryonic stem cells — and his colleagues published a paper in Science Magazine stating …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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Washington Post:
Standing in the Way of Stem Cell Research
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Corner
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 …
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Stubborn Facts
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton Bid  —  MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nancy Boyda, a Democrat who ran for Congress in this district last year, owed her upset victory partly to the popularity of the Democratic woman at the top of the ticket: Kathleen Sebelius, who won the governor's seat.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Riehl World View
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATES THE TRIUMPH OF TRIBAL JEWISH BACKWARDNESS.  —  High on the list of idiotic commonplace expressions is the old maxim that "it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."  How do such fatuous pieces of folk wisdom ever get started on their careers of glib quotation?
Discussion: Liberty Street
 
 
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