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12:50 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
CNN Political Ticker:   Obama camp launches Web site to document Clinton attacks
Steve Pope / Newsweek:
Dubuque's Got the 'Joe Mo'!
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Battered by Poll, Clinton Hits Back
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sudan's President Pardons British Teacher  —  A British school teacher jailed in Sudan for two weeks after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad was freed Monday following a pardon by the Sudanese president.  —  President Omar al-Bahir's pardon of Gillian Gibbons allowed …
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Sydney Morning Herald:   British 'teddy' teacher wants to stay in Sudan
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela Hands Narrow Defeat to Chávez Plan  —  Voters in this country narrowly defeated a proposed overhaul to the constitution in a contentious referendum over granting President Hugo Chávez sweeping new powers, the Election Commission announced early Monday.
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Ian James / Associated Press:
Chavez loses constitutional vote
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Imus Is Back!  —  Highlights in bold.  —  6:00 A.M.: Charles McCord opens the program.  "The Imus in the Morning program has returned to the air following a hiatus of nearly 8 months."  Wild applause from the live audience assembled in Times Square's Town Hall.
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
A Chastened Imus Returns to Radio  —  Nearly eight months after he was fired for making a racially and sexually disparaging remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team, Don Imus went back on the radio at 6 a.m. today and vowed he would not say anything like that again.
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 On Deadline
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
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 …
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Washington Post:
Banking on Holiday Cheer
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
The Age:
Hague museum pulls offensive Muslim art  —  The city museum of The Hague has decided not to include in an exhibition a work of art that may offend Muslims, it was reported on Monday.  —  The picture, made by Iranian artist Sooreh Hera, is entitled Adam and Ewald and shows two gay men wearing masks …
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Michelle Malkin:
Mohammed Teddy Bear Blasphemy fallout: Teddy bear teacher "pardoned …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, The Times and BitsBlog
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 …
Discussion: Open Left, MSNBC and Pollster.com
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pro-Huckabee negative calls flood Iowa  —  A newly-formed group claiming to support Mike Huckabee hit the phones of Iowa Republicans tonight with an automated push-poll attacking Huckabee's GOP opponents and praising the former Arkansas governor.  —  Officials representing the Iowa campaigns …
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.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Rudy Giuliani / Wall Street Journal:
The Meaning of Fiscal Conservatism  —  With economic uncertainty weighing on the minds of many Americans, Congress is preparing to recess after another year of profligate spending, protectionist talk and promises of higher taxes.  No wonder some people feel like we're moving in the wrong direction.
 
 
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Expect to hear more of such stories next year...
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Two Washington Post Reporters Criticize Paper For Obama Muslim Story …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For the 2008 Race, Google Is a Crucial Constituency
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: Congress needs 'to do their job'
Discussion: The Politico
Fran Yeoman / Times of London:
Muslim Council to end its boycott of Holocaust Day
The Corner:
Shocked  —  It took five months and almost 7,000 words …
Michele McPhee / Boston Herald:
'Laxachusetts': Where criminals get coddled
The Atlantic Online:
Huckabee To Address Hundreds Of Pastors In Des Moines
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Redstate:
Return to that Poll as Mitt Goes to Texas
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Lynn Sweet:
Sweet column: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. rebuts Dad. …
Ben Stein / New York Times:
The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs
Michael Corkery / Wall Street Journal:
Troubled Builders, Bargain Seekers United
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Steve Visser / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Giuliani nearly drowned out by rival's supporters
Discussion: QandO and Don Surber
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Party's Triumph Raises Question of Putin's Plans
Times of London:
France stunned by rioters' savagery
 

 
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