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3:20 PM ET, December 4, 2007

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Norman Podhoretz / Commentary:
Dark Suspicions about the NIE  —  A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), entitled "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," has just dealt a serious blow to the argument some of us have been making that Iran is intent on building nuclear weapons and that neither diplomacy nor sanctions can prevent it from succeeding.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush: DNI Told Me 'We Have Some New Information, He Didn't Tell Me What The Information Was'  —  At a press briefing this morning, President Bush said he was told by his Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell "in August" that "we have some new information" regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Crazy People  —  About 13 months to go. … It must be understood that since our intelligence agencies don't believe Iran has a nuclear weapons program, it also means that they don't know where such a program would be physically located if it did exist.  This means that any desires …
Discussion: American Footprints
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I appreciate the fact that the United States Senate is going to take up the free trade agreement with Peru today.  This agreement will level the playing field for American goods and services.
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Iran Hawks Down?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: The new National …
New York Times:
How Did a 2005 Estimate on Iran Go Awry?
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy
Scott Horsley / NPR:
Democrats Set to Debate in Iowa as Race Tightens  —  Listen Live Here Beginning at 2 p.m. EST  —  · All of the major Democratic presidential candidates will meet in Iowa on Tuesday for a two-hour debate, as an extremely close race is shaping up in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Gallup: Hillary Losing Ground (Update: Worse Than First Thought)  —  Recall the pushback when we linked to the Zogby poll that showed Hillary's support eroding at the end of November?  The numbers showed Hillary losing ground against all Republican contenders, and had some correlation with Rasmussen's numbers as well.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Colorado 2008 Presidential Election
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CNN Political Ticker:
Poll shows Clinton, Giuliani down big
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Pollster: "Kindergarten Attack" On Obama Was Just A Gag!  —  Now this is interesting.  Yesterday the Hillary Clinton campaign was pilloried in the press after it issued a press release that attacked Barack Obama for claiming he wasn't running for President in order to fulfill a life-long ambition.
Deacon / Power Line:
MIKE HUCKABEE — TOO MORALISTIC TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY  —  I have defended Mike Huckabee from charges that he's not a conservative.  As with nearly all of the Republican candidates, there are some important conservative positions to which Huckabee has not closely adhered …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 2nd Annual Worst Quotes From The Daily Kos (2007 Edition)  —  America's most influential blog is the Daily Kos.  Democratic members of Congress post on the blog, Democratic presidential contenders cater to them, and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas is considered to be a mainstream figure amongst Democrats.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Moonbattery
Associated Press:
Democratic Fundraiser Indicted in NY  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Norman Hsu, a top Democratic fundraiser accused of cheating investors of at least $20 million and using some of the money to make illegal donations to political campaigns.
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David Glovin / Bloomberg:
Fundraiser Hsu Indicted for $60 Million Fraud Scheme
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH'M SQUIRM  —  Look at the expressions on Bush's face and the evident discomfort as he gets ready to fib and weave about when he knew the intel on Iran.  —  Pay particular attention to when he says he was told there was new information back in August but supposedly didn't ask what the 'new information' was.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
ABCNEWS:
Mysterious Group Attacks Huckabee  —  Third Party Group Distributed Flier in Iowa Claiming He's Not a True Conservative, Christian  —  Dirty tricks?  A mysterious third party group has made controversial claims against Republican 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.  (Tim Sloan, AFP/Getty Images)
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A Lurid Aftermath to a Hedge Fund Manager's Life  —  JUPITER, Fla. — A life of private jets and black-tie balls ended with Seth Tobias, a wealthy investment manager and a familiar presence on CNBC, floating face down in the swimming pool of his mansion here.
Multi-National Force:
UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in recent raid  —  MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq  —  703.343.8790  —  Press Release A071204a  —  UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in recent raid  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq …
 
 
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