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3:45 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.
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GIULIANI ADVISOR PODHORETZ: IT'S A CIA PLOT TO PROTECT IRAN  —  Yep, Rudy's Mideast Advisor Norman Podhoretz says the CIA is fibbing about the Iranian nuclear program to protect the Iranians from an attack by Bush or Rudy.
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Iran Hawks Down?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: The new National …
New York Times:
How Did a 2005 Estimate Go Awry?
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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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
CNN Political Ticker:
Poll shows Clinton, Giuliani down big
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.
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
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 …
David Glovin / Bloomberg:
Fundraiser Hsu Indicted for $60 Million Fraud Scheme  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, charged in September with cheating investors in a $60 million ``Ponzi'' scheme, was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on similar allegations, U.S. prosecutors said.
Discussion: The Blotter, TPMmuckraker and TalkLeft
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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.
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.
 
 
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New Hampshire Union Leader:
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