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9:05 AM ET, December 3, 2007


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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.
Gateway Pundit:
Doing the Marxist Slide— Venezuela Votes on Chavista Rule... Update: CHAVEZ WINS!... Update 2: Maybe Not?... Update 3: CHAVEZ GOES DOWN!!  —  Final Results— Hugo Chavez loses election:  —  NO- 51%  —  SI- 49%  —  The Marxists at HovReferendum must be very sad. boo-hoo  —  Earlier Updates...
Ian James / Associated Press:
Chavez loses constitutional vote  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - Humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez said Monday he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.
Voters reject Chavez's referendum  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) — Venezuelan voters narrowly rejected a constitutional referendum that would have bolstered President Hugo Chavez's embrace of socialism and granted an indefinite extension of his eligibility to serve as president, the National Electoral Council reported early Monday.
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Babalu Blog
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:
The NO wins in Venezuela  —  This picture is Daniel Duquenal worn …
Discussion: Power Line and Daimnation!
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and AMERICAblog
Steve Pope / Newsweek:
Dubuque's Got the 'Joe Mo'!  —  Should Clinton lose Iowa, the door might open for second-tier candidates to start getting competitive.  —  "America is still ready for a white male!" an overcaffeinated, white female Iowan shouted at me after a Joe Biden event in Mason City, Iowa, last week.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Post / Washington Post:
Romney to Speak About His Religion  —  After months of internal deliberation, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has decided to give a speech directly addressing his Mormon faith, much like then-candidate John F. Kennedy did about his Catholicism before the 1960 election.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Hey, Iowa and New Hampshire!  Read this!  —  MILLBRAE, CA.  — Here's a little secret that got out this weekend that should chasten those smug folks in Iowa and New Hampshire who think that just because they are so totally unrepresentative of America as a whole, it is their right to always vote first in presidential years.
Karl Rove / Financial Times:
Memo to Obama: win Iowa or lose the race
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Redstate
Putin: Vote victory is a mandate  —  MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday declared his party's parliamentary victory as a mandate to cement power, according to The Associated Press, reporting remarks he made on Russian TV.  —  But international electoral monitors …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Party's Triumph Raises Question of Putin's Plans  —  With President Vladimir V. Putin's opponents persistently hobbled by the Kremlin, his party swept Sunday to the kind of landslide long predicted for the parliamentary elections.  Yet the results, while a triumph for Mr. Putin …
Lynn Berry / Associated Press:
Putin's Party Wins Russia Election
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 …
Associated Press:
Sudan president pardons British teacher
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Innovating Our Way to Financial Crisis  —  The financial crisis that began late last summer, then took a brief vacation in September and October, is back with a vengeance.  —  How bad is it?  Well, I've never seen financial insiders this spooked — not even during the Asian crisis of 1997-98 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: On Deadline
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Fuses in Gaza  —  Watching the handshakes and arm-clutches …
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Israel Matzav
Rudy Giuliani / Wall Street Journal:
The Meaning of Fiscal Conservatism
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Tank:
What Did I Know and When Did I Know It?  —  So everyone knows …
Times of London:
France stunned by rioters' savagery
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Huckabee, Obama, "Right" and "Left"
Byron York / The Corner:
More on Romney and The Speech
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 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Vicar: Dire Times For Iraq's Christians
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Carefully Plotted Course Propels Gun Case to Top
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
For Justices, Another Day on Detainees
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
An Old Face Resurfaces
Mark Steyn / The Australian:
A loss for civilisation  —  ACCORDING to my Oz-watching pals …
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post: