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2:20 PM ET, December 3, 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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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
NIE Report: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program Years Ago  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Luis Martinez and Kirit Radia Report: In a stunning reversal of Bush administration conventional wisdom, a new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies concludes Iran shelved it's nuclear weapons program over four years ago.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   IRAN'S BOMB PROGRAM....The newly declassified version …
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 …
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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 …
CNN Political Ticker:   Obama camp launches Web site to document Clinton attacks
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.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Clinton doubts benefits of Doha revival
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
The Corner:
Shocked  —  It took five months and almost 7,000 words, but The New Republic and its editor Franklin Foer have finally retracted the piece "Shock Troops."  —  As most of the blog world knows by now, TNR published "Shock Troops" on July 13 under the byline Scott Thomas …
Discussion: BitsBlog
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Fabulisms Update  —  I don't think TNR comes out of the Beauchamp affair looking good.
John Tabin / American Spectator:
Franklin Foer's Paranoia
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Pajamas Media
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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Chief / looktruenorth.com:
Al Franken: Open Minded...  Be open minded, the old saying goes, but not so much that your brains fall out on to your shoes.  —  This new Coleman ad is a pretty tough one for Al Franken to get past without yet another confirmation/contradiction of 1/2 of Franken's previous statements.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Franken: I Have Iraq Surrounded
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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Krugman v. The Strawmen
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 …
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.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Hugo  —  I always find Hugo Chavez to be a somewhat annoying subject because he's neither the Satanic Hitler as reflected universally in our media (and it's really creepy how much he's distorted) nor the Great Savior Of The Left.  He's a left wing populist with an authoritarian streak …
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela Hands Narrow Defeat to Chávez Plan
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Camp: Rove Wants Obama To Get Nomination!  —  The Hillary campaign is cranking up their counter-attacks on Barack Obama, and this latest one from their official Hillary Hub site is certainly interesting:  —  The post links to Rove's latest column in the Financial Times …
CBN.com:
Tax Guru Grover Norquist talks to Brody File About Huckabee  —  Grover Norquist, president of the influential group Americans for Tax Reform told The Brody File today that while he has some reservations about Mike Huckabee's past record on taxes, he also is comfortable with Huckabee's present actions …
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
Sabin Willett / Boston Globe:
'I will never leave Guantanamo'  —  "WE HAVE important news for you!"  —  Chained to the floor of a cell in Camp Six, Guantanamo, Joseph said nothing.  But he had some news for us, too.  —  The Court of Appeals had decided what record - what pieces of paper - it would examine when it considered his "Detainee Treatment Act" case.
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 …
Reason.tv:
Texas Close'Em: Cops Raid Poker Games  —  In his latest video for Reason.tv, Drew Carey goes all in to report how Dallas cops carried out a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837, which has now been forced to close its doors.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IRAN....From the New York Times: … What?  —  UPDATE …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Waxman: White House Blocking Release of Plame Investigation Docs
David Freddoso / The Corner:
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Two Washington Post Reporters Criticize Paper For Obama Muslim Story …
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