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1:10 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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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
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.
Discussion: Say Anything
CNN Political Ticker:   Obama camp launches Web site to document Clinton attacks
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Sydney Morning Herald:   British 'teddy' teacher wants to stay in Sudan
Michelle Malkin:
Mohammed Teddy Bear Blasphemy fallout: Teddy bear teacher "pardoned …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, The Times and BitsBlog
The Age:   Hague museum pulls offensive Muslim art
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Washington Post:
Banking on Holiday Cheer  —  After a one-year hiatus — and a whole lot of water under the bridge since then — the World Bank is bringing back the office Christmas party.  —  Last year, bank leadership, under then-President Paul Wolfowitz, pulled the plug on holiday festivities …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / Human Events:
FISA Reform Debacle in the Making?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IRAN....From the New York Times: … What?  —  UPDATE …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Waxman: White House Blocking Release of Plame Investigation Docs
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 …
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 …
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Michele McPhee / Boston Herald:
'Laxachusetts': Where criminals get coddled
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'I will never leave Guantanamo'
Redstate:
Return to that Poll as Mitt Goes to Texas
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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
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Steve Visser / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Giuliani nearly drowned out by rival's supporters
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Times of London:
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