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11:15 AM ET, December 4, 2007


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Washington Post:
A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy  —  » ANALYSIS |  President Bush got the world's attention this fall when he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran might lead to World War III.  But his stark warning came at least a month or two after he had first been told about fresh indications that Iran …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
An Assessment Jars a Foreign Policy Debate About Iran  —  Rarely, if ever, has a single intelligence report so completely, so suddenly, and so surprisingly altered a foreign policy debate here.  —  An administration that had cited Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons as the rationale …
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.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003  —  A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.
The Corner:
The Iran NIE  —  I'm at a conference overseas and just got a chance to look through the highlights in the International Herald Tribune.  A couple quick thoughts:  — The NIE appears focused on any indigenous Iranian program only.  After the Syria episode, what does import of nuclear weapon-relevant technology do to the timeline?
Discussion: Commentary
Iran: U.S. must 'pay the price' for accusations
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
USA Today:
News photos contributed to Iran reassessment
Discussion: Slate, BAGnewsNotes and Think Progress
Mason Kerns / Des Moines Register:   Biden: Impeach Bush if he attacks in Iran
Washington Post:
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Will Clinton's Obama Attacks Backfire?  —  It started in earnest a couple of weeks ago when Hillary Clinton questioned how much Barack Obama's time spent living in Indonesia as a child could actually help him make foreign policy decisions as a commander-in-chief.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
David Yepsen / Des Moines Register:
As in '84, early states could trip U.S. front-runner
Associated Press:
Cantwell aide arrested in sex sting; quickly fired  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A former aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was in federal custody after being arrested on a charge of attempting to sexually exploit a minor.  —  James Michael McHaney was fired Friday from his job as a scheduler for Cantwell …
The Smoking Gun:
Senate Aide In Kiddie Sex Bust  —  FBI: Staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell sought tryst with boy  —  A U.S. Senate aide was arrested Friday after allegedly arranging a lunchtime sexual encounter with a teenage boy, according to federal court records.  James McHaney, 28, was nabbed by FBI agents …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Huckabee Chafes at 'Front-Runner' Label  —  Come-From-Behind Candidate Seeks to Temper Expectations, Placing Himself 'Second'  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, for months cast as a "second-tier" candidate, now finds himself with another label he is not eager to have: "front-runner."
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton  —  MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nancy Boyda, a Democrat who ran for Congress in this district last year, owed her upset victory partly to the popularity of the Democratic woman at the top of the ticket: Kathleen Sebelius, who won the governor's seat.
Michelle Malkin:
Challenging the cult of Mumia Abu-Jamal  —  Over the years, I've tracked Mumia Chic-the Left's deranged worship of convicted Death Row murderer Mumia Abu Jamal that has spread from Philly to St. Denis, France and points in between.  This December 9th marks the 25th anniversary of the brutal murder …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Divorce Found to Harm The Environment With Higher Energy, Water Use  —  Divorce is not just a family matter.  It exacts a serious toll on the environment by boosting the energy and water consumption of those who used to live together, according to a study by two Michigan State University researchers.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Donklephant
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Sen. John McCain & Sen. Joe Lieberman: It's inexcusable for Congress not to fund troops in Iraq  —  HAVING SPENT much of the past year mired in legislative trench warfare over Iraq, advocates in Congress seeking a mandatory withdrawal of troops are now refusing to pass funding for our forces deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and VodkaPundit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Democratic-leaning PAC attacks Hillary  —  Here's a first look at the first independent Democratic television attack ad of the cycle.  —  It's a shot at Hillary Clinton from Democratic Courage, an independent, left-leaning group I wrote about earlier this fall.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Wall Street Journal:
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