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10:50 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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003
The Atlantic Online:
Iran NIE Reax
Discussion: Emptywheel and Think Progress
The Corner:
The Iran NIE  —  I'm at a conference overseas and just got …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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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
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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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Huckabee Chafes at 'Front-Runner' Label
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Un-Mormon and Unchristian
Discussion: The Corner
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Mike Huckabee rise in Iowa great news for...Rudy Giuliani?
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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Associated Press:   Cantwell aide arrested in sex sting; quickly fired
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
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 …
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New York Post:   COP-KILLER'S PALS PLAN PROTEST
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 / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Democratic Courage PAC: 'Blowing in the Wind'  —  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
IBDeditorials.com:
Hyping Hate Crime Vs. Muslims  —  Discrimination: New FBI data on hate crimes reveal Muslim groups are crying wolf about exploding anti-Muslim abuses.  They're actually shrinking, belying claims of mass Islamophobia.  —  Not only are anti-Islamic hate crimes way down, but they're a fraction of overall religious hate crimes.
New York Times:
Giuliani's Firm Lobbied for Bill Considered Threat  —  Although Rudolph W. Giuliani is campaigning as President Bush's staunch ally in the war on terror, his law office has lobbied Congress on behalf of legislation that the Bush administration calls a threat to antiterrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker, MSNBC and Law Blog
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Phoenix Mayor Shifts on Officers' Asking for Immigration Status  —  Under pressure from advocates for stricter immigration laws, the mayor of Phoenix said on Monday that he no longer backed a Police Department order barring officers from routinely asking the immigration status of people …
 
 
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Now Online, a Guide to Detainee Treatment
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
New Republic Disavows Iraq Diarist's Reports
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Bush still a factor, Rove warns
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Moves To Fore as Issue For 2008 Voters
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Now and Forever
Associated Press:
Congress takes-on credit card firms
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Chicago Tribune:
The latest turnabout  —  The decision to reduce the charges …