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5:10 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.
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 …
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
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Red Handed  —  Every time I think nothing will surprise me anymore, the Bush administration manages to take my breath away all over again.  Consider the staggering dishonesty with which Dick Cheney has been trying to mislead the American people about our knowledge of the alleged Iranian nuclear program.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Biden: Bush either not truthful or incompetent on Iran
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Debunking Iran's Nuclear Program: Another 'Intelligence Failure' …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Bush Says Iran Still a Danger Despite Report on Weapons
Discussion: The Swamp
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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ABCNEWS:
Mysterious Group Attacks Huckabee  —  Third Party Group Distributed Flier in Iowa Claiming He's Not a True Conservative, Christian  —  Dirty tricks?  A mysterious third party group has made controversial claims against Republican 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.  (Tim Sloan, AFP/Getty Images)
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.
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
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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: Moonbattery and UrbanGrounds
Michelle Malkin:
Norman Hsu indicted in NY; indictment added; feds want Billy Boy's sax back, plus "bottles of wine and champagne"  —  Just in from AP: … The Hillary Clinton campaign was too busy digging through Barack Obama's homework to respond.  —  More: Here's the indictment (PDF).
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David Glovin / Bloomberg:
Fundraiser Hsu Indicted for $60 Million Fraud Scheme
Discussion: The Blotter, TPMmuckraker and TalkLeft
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.
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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