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6:00 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.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Roll-Out Goes Flat  —  Ken Silverstein and I have been pointing for the better part of the year to the very strange goings-on surrounding the preparation and issuance of a vital intelligence report on the state of Iran's nuclear project.  The White House, and particularly Vice President Cheney …
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.
Dr. Slammy / Scholars and Rogues:
Giuliani's foreign policy advisor speculates wildly about NIE report
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Klaus Marre / The Hill:   Biden: Bush either not truthful or incompetent on Iran
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Debunking Iran's Nuclear Program: Another 'Intelligence Failure' …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds on "dirty tricks"
Discussion: MoJoBlog and TPM Election Central
CNN Political Ticker:
Obama camp denies 'dirty tricks' accusation
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton: Don't focus on horse race
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
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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)
Rasmussen Reports:
Colorado 2008 Presidential Election  —  Colorado: Schaffer, Udall Tie for Senate; Clinton Trails Giuliani, Leads Romney  —  Former Congressman Bob Schaffer (R) and Congressman Mark Udall (D)—vying for the open seat vacated by retiring Senator Wayne Allard, a Republican …
Discussion: MyDD
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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.
Michelle Malkin:
Norman Hsu indicted in NY; indictment added; feds want Billy Boy's sax back, plus "bottles of wine and champagne"  —  Just in from AP: … The Hillary Clinton campaign was too busy digging through Barack Obama's homework to respond.  —  More: Here's the indictment (PDF).
Discussion: A Blog For All
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The Washington Post / The Trail:   Norman Hsu Indicted in N.Y.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Serving Life for Providing Car to Killers  —  CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. — Early in the morning of March 10, 2003, after a raucous party that lasted into the small hours, a groggy and hungover 20-year-old named Ryan Holle lent his Chevrolet Metro to a friend.  That decision, prosecutors later said, was tantamount to murder.
Paul Jeeves / Daily Express:
NURSES TOLD TO TURN MUSLIMS' BEDS TO MECCA  —  OVERWORKED nurses have been ordered to stop all medical work five times every day to move Muslim patients' beds so they face towards Mecca.  —  The lengthy procedure, which also includes providing fresh bathing water, is creating turmoil among overstretched staff on bustling NHS wards.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
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.
 
 
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Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Iraq says it can't handle refugee influx
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
'Green Hanukkia' campaign sparks ire
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Another Friend of Giuliani's Embroiled in Sheriff's Criminal Case
Discussion: TalkLeft
Justin McCarthy / NewsBusters.org:
Whoopi Goldberg Rails Against Death Tax
The Huffington Post:
Giuliani No Longer Heads Consultant
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
After Blackwater Controversy, State Dep't Gave Bonuses to Contracting Officials
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Congress scuttles longer workweek
Discussion: Wonkette and On Deadline
wikileaks.org:
Changes in Guantanamo Bay SOP manual (2003-2004)
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain is in on the joke  —  I'm traveling with McCain today through …
The Board:
Unequal Treatment at the State Department