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3:17 AM ET, December 4, 2007

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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work  —  A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHY WAS THE NIE RELEASED?....A couple of random thoughts on the newly released NIE concluding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003:  — This NIE was apparently finished a year ago, and its basic parameters were almost certainly common knowledge in the White House well before that.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Five Questions Concerning the Latest NIE  —  The story dominating the news cycle right now is the public release of "Key Judgments" from an NIE on Iran's nuclear program.  In particular, the first sentence of the NIE is drawing the press's intention: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003 …
Washington Post:
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003  —  A major U.S. intelligence review has concluded that Iran stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program more than four years ago, a stark reversal of previous intelligence assessments that Iran was actively moving toward a bomb.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Candidates Hold to Their Stances on Iran
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:   An Assessment Jars a Foreign Policy Debate
Financial Times:
Beijing backs new sanctions against Iran
Discussion: TigerHawk and FP Passport
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Significant drops in support for Clinton & Giuliani  —  "National support for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani significantly eroded over the past month," USA TODAY Washington bureau chief Susan Page writes.  —  Meanwhile, Republican Mike …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
With One Month to Go, the Battle Lines Are Drawn
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 …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Why is HRC stooping So Low?  —  I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the stridency and inaccuracy of charges in Iowa — especially coming from my old friend.  While I'm as hard-boiled as they come about what's said in campaigns, I just don't think Dems should stoop to this.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton Bid  —  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.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Prominent Stem Cell Researcher Praised By Bush Rips White House's Stem Cell Policies  —  Last month, University of Wisconsin professor James Thomson — the first scientist to successfully isolate embryonic stem cells — and his colleagues published a paper in Science Magazine stating …
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Washington Post:
Standing in the Way of Stem Cell Research
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Corner
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Reid pushes back on Iraq optimism  —  Democrats are increasingly bailing on their previously held view that the troop surge in Iraq has been a "failure," but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't ready to jump on the bandwagon with other Democrats who say the surge has worked.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Revisionism and The Iranian Non-Bomb  —  The latest news from Iran about the supposed abandonment in 2003 of the effort to produce a Bomb — if even remotely accurate — presents somewhat of a dilemma for liberal Democrats.  —  Are they now to suggest that Republicans have been warmongering …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When Did Scott Ott Become Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager?  —  All right, I know a great satire site when I read it.  Scott Ott must have contracted with the Hillary Clinton campaign for this argument, right?  Only a true satirist or a complete idiot would go after a campaign opponent for his academic record — in kindergarten!
Chicago Tribune:
The latest turnabout  —  The decision to reduce the charges against Bell was the latest turnabout for Walters, who had vowed to aggressively prosecute the six black youths for their alleged roles in assaulting Justin Barker at Jena High School on Dec. 4, 2006, and kicking him while he lay unconscious.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Paulson Sees Limited Aid in Rate Plan  —  The Bush administration's effort to help borrowers in danger of defaulting on their subprime mortgages could help only a small number of those who took out such loans, industry analysts said Monday.  —  Though administration officials have yet …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATES THE TRIUMPH OF TRIBAL JEWISH BACKWARDNESS.  —  High on the list of idiotic commonplace expressions is the old maxim that "it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."  How do such fatuous pieces of folk wisdom ever get started on their careers of glib quotation?
Discussion: Liberty Street
 
 
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