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7:50 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.
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 …
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.
Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush Told Olmert Of NIE Two Days Before President Was Allegedly First Briefed On It  —  Yesterday, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters that President Bush was first briefed on the National Intelligence Estimate's conclusions on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Atrios / Eschaton:
Crazy People
Discussion: American Footprints
Klaus Marre / The Hill:   Biden: Bush either not truthful or incompetent on Iran
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.
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 …
Mysterious Group Attacks Huckabee
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Huckabee-ing and Nothingness  —  Bill Kristol says flatly …
Boston Globe:
Lawn work at Romney's home still done by illegal immigrants  —  By Maria Cramer and Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff; and Connie Paige, Globe Correspondent  —  Standing on stage at a Republican debate on the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, Mitt Romney repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani …
Byron York / The Corner:
Mormonism?  What About the Sanctuary Mansion?  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has just sent out notice that Romney has fired the lawn-service company that employed illegal aliens - making Romney's home a "sanctuary mansion," in the words of Rudy Giuliani's attack at last week's Republican debate.
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.
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
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
'Green Hanukkia' campaign sparks ire  —  In a campaign that has spread like wildfire across the Internet, a group of Israeli environmentalists is encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment.  —  The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign found …
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.
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Pakistan to deport Code Pink protesters  —  Pakistan authorities today ordered the deportation of the leader of the feminist U.S. antiwar group Code Pink, who was in Lahore to join protests against the emergency rule imposed by President Pervez Musharraf, according to a spokeswoman for the group.
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Time magazine refused to publish responses to Klein's false smears
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Blotter:
Mom: 'Carol Sue Would Be Alive Today' If Not for Huckabee
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani steps down from investment firm
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Iraq says it can't handle refugee influx
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Another Friend of Giuliani's Embroiled in Sheriff's Criminal Case
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Michelle Malkin:
Norman Hsu indicted in NY; indictment added; feds want Billy Boy's sax …
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Congress scuttles longer workweek
Discussion: Wonkette and On Deadline
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH'M SQUIRM  —  Look at the expressions on Bush's face …
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Stephen Metcalf / Slate:
Dissecting the IQ Debate
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Divorce Found to Harm The Environment With Higher Energy, Water Use