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1:35 AM ET, December 3, 2007


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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  —  CHAVEZ WINS!!!
Associated Press:
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.  Check back soon for further information.  AP's earlier story is below.  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)—A vote on sweeping constitutional reforms that could let Hugo Chavez hold the presidency for life remained unresolved early Monday, with the government saying …
Discussion: Babalu Blog and The Jawa Report
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.
Francisco / Caracas Chronicles:
Hell No!'s OFFICIAL!
Ian James / Associated Press:
Chavez loses constitutional vote
Discussion: Assorted Babble and A NEWT ONE
The Devil's Excrement:   Chronicle of a No vote in the Venezuelan referendum
Francisco / Caracas Chronicles:   CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM DEFEATED
Chavez 'wins Venezuela referendum'
Discussion: Riehl World View and A NEWT ONE
Mark Halperin / The Page:
More on Romney Religion Speech  —  The venue is not a surprise, since Romney has given a previous major address (on defense policy) at the Bush library, and the two families are very close.  And Texas, of course, was also the venue for John F. Kennedy's famous speech on religion in 1960 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney to give The Speech Thursday at Bush Library  —  Looks like that PowerPoint that leaked back in February was spot-on.  —  Halperin has the big news: Mitt Romney will take to to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday to give a long-anticipated, much-debated speech …
ABCNEWS:   Will 'Pulling a JFK' Be Enough for Romney?
Byron York / The Corner:
More on Romney and The Speech
Discussion: TBogg
Patrick Ruffini / TownHall Blog:
Why a Mormon Speech?  —  Mark Halperin's The Page is reporting …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and
Mevanh / The Page:
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"They knew his work was crap more than 6 weeks ago" II  —  Mitchell Prothero, a Beirut photo-journalist, says here that Kathryn-Jean Lopez was informed of the inaccuracies in W. Thomas Smith Jr's "reporting" from Lebanon more than six weeks ago and did nothing about it.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
The Corner:   Re: Lebanon & "The Tank"
Michelle Malkin:
And now for some shoddy war reporting...from an NRO milblogger
The Corner:
What This is Not  —  A few additional words on what the situation with the Smith Lebanon reporting is and what it isn't: It isn't a case of fabrication, as some of Smith's accusers have alleged.  With regard to the two posts in question, it is my belief, based on an investigation …
Karl Rove / Financial Times:
Memo to Obama: win Iowa or lose the race  —  Not that you have asked for advice, but here it is anyway: Iowa is your chance to best her.  If you do not do it there, odds are you never will anywhere.  You are way behind her in most national polls.  The only way to change that is to beat …
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
CNN'S VIRTUAL REALITY  —  ITS ORDINARY WORLD IS ANYTHING BUT  —  By now you've probably heard that CNN made such a laughingstock of itself at the recent YouTube debate in Florida that it could only have been worse if host Anderson Cooper conducted it in fluent Klingon.
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Australian:
A loss for civilisation  —  ACCORDING to my Oz-watching pals in Britain and the US, John Howard is not a failure but a victim of his own success.  He made Australia safe for the Labor Party: or, at any rate, safe enough that a sufficient number of bored electors were willing to take a flier …
Discussion: Solomonia
Marc Horne / Scotsman:
Bagpipes a threat to the environment (and we're not talking noise pollution)  —  THEY were once outlawed for being used as seditious weapons of war.  Now, bagpipes have been blasted as an environmental menace.  —  Over-intensive logging means that the African wood used to make Scotland's national instrument faces being wiped out.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
An Attack, From the Candidate's Mouth  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - At a news conference here just now, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton expanded her attacks on Senator Barack Obama by suggesting that he has a character issue because of his assertions that his health insurance plan covers all Americans …
Brendan Scott / New York Post:
TRYST FUND 'SICKENS' EX-OFFICIAL  —  A former Giuliani administration official says he's "sick" over reports that his little-known agency was used to hide taxpayer money that funded police escorts during the ex-mayor's romantic rendezvous in the Hamptons.  —  "The cover-up of this and the explanations …
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CBS News:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Heretik
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Lonely No More, Huckabee Faces Hurdles
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Edwards Wins a Key Iowa Backer
Discussion: MyDD
The Corner:
Beats me, Sherlock  —  From Der Spiegel, a report on how Europe's …
Discussion: The Plank
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
DCCC spends $148K for negative campaign ad
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Times of India:
Wary of Mohammed teddy row, UK author changes characters
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: The Corner
Atrios / Eschaton:
Jeb'd  —  state of Florida. … Don't know if Siedle …