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12:55 PM 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 …
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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
No Delay On NIE  —  After yesterday's release of the declassified National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, a number of pundits assumed that the White House had suppressed the report for months.  The conclusions of the NIE — that Iran had stopped pursuing nuclear weapons "years earlier" …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Bush Says Iran Still a Danger Despite Report on Weapons
Discussion: The Heretik
The Atlantic Online:
Iran NIE Reax
Discussion: FP Passport, Corrente and Emptywheel
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our serious foreign policy geniuses strike again
Discussion: Eschaton, The Lede and New York Times
Iran: U.S. must 'pay the price' for accusations
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sweetness & Light
The Corner:
The Iran NIE  —  I'm at a conference overseas and just got …
Discussion: Commentary
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. report: Iran halted nuclear weapons drive in 2003
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Jerusalem Post
Laura Rozen /
Iran Hawks Down?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: The new National …
Washington Post:
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Will Clinton's Obama Attacks Backfire?
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds on "dirty tricks"
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton campaign accuses Obama's of 'dirty tricks'
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 …
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."
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Un-Mormon and Unchristian
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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.
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
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
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: Moonbattery and Club for Growth
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.
Discussion: Media Blog and Bradford Plumer
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Discussion: The Corner and Redstate
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