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2:25 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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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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our serious foreign policy geniuses strike again
Discussion: Eschaton, The Lede and New York Times
The Atlantic Online:
Iran NIE Reax
Discussion: FP Passport, Corrente and Emptywheel
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Bush Says Iran Still a Danger Despite Report on Weapons
Discussion: The Heretik
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Iran Hawks Down?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: The new National …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
No Delay On NIE  —  After yesterday's release of the declassified …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Crazy People
Discussion: American Footprints
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 …
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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
 
 
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