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4:30 PM ET, December 5, 2007

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Campaign Acknowledges That County Chair Backing Hillary Passed Along Obama Muslim Smear Email  —  A day after the Hillary campaign hit the Obama camp for bullying voters in nasty phone calls, the Hillary crew has just acknowledged that an Iowa county chair volunteering …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton staffer on anti-Obama email chain  —  I've obtained a copy of the email sent to Johnson, Iowa County Chairman Gary Hart, by a Clinton volunteer.  —  It's one of a couple Obama-Muslim-smear emails circulating widely, and one of the ones Jonathan Martin and I wrote about in October.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
CLINTON CAMPAIGN COUNTY CHAIR PUSHING OBAMA SMEAR...  The infamous Obama-is-a-secret Muslim smear (repeatedly shown to be false) has been winging around the internet via an email forward since late December last year.  As I documented for the Nation, it's a permutation of a charge first leveled …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An Iowa Clinton-backer goes there  —  The Clinton campaign is forcing a county coordinator to leave the campaign after the supported dipped into one of the darker spots of the Internet, forwarding an e-mail with the Obama-Muslim claim.  —  A Kos diarist the Nation identifies as Jones county chair Gary Hart …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Documents Expose Huckabee's Role In Serial Rapist's Release  —  Little Rock, Ark — As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again.
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Byron York / Invalid Article on National Review Online:
The Story Mike Huckabee Dreads  —  In August, I interviewed former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee about the case of Wayne Dumond, the convicted rapist who was freed under Huckabee's administration, only to rape and kill a woman in neighboring Missouri.  The crime attracted enormous attention in Arkansas …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WAYNE DUMOND....Are you familiar with the Wayne Dumond story?
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:   Who Hearts Huckabee?  —  Libertarians John Tabin and Shawn Macomber …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE NIE STUFF....In the Washington Post today, David Ignatius passes along what his sources are telling him about how the new Iran NIE was put together: … Ignatius also notes that the new attitude toward analysis the produced the NIE was largely the work of Deputy Director of National Intelligence Thomas Fingar.
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Time to Talk to Iran
CNN Political Ticker:
Oprah rally moved to football stadium  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Relax, University of South Carolina football fans.  Your season may be over, but Williams-Brice Stadium won't be empty for long.  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Cristina Corbin / Cameron's Corner:   Thompson Running Strong in South Carolina
Zogby:
Zogby Latest:Zogby Latest: Iowa: Dead Heats; New Hampshire: Clinton suffers shrinkage; Romney recovers strong lead after autumnal fade; The Angry Electorate: Four of five Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans say they are angry at the U.S. political system  —  Utica, New York …
Regina Medina / philly.com:
THE PARTY'S OVER  —  medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985 Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report  —  JOCELYN SARAH Kirsch had planned to throw a 25th birthday party tonight at an upscale Rittenhouse Square eatery for her live-in love, Edward Kyle Anderton.
Sam Graham-Felsen / Obama HQ:
Obama's Call to Serve  —  A generation ago, President John F. Kennedy called on Americans to serve their country and they overwhelmingly responded.  —  Today, at Cornell College in Iowa, Barack Obama is calling on a new generation of Americans to step up, serve their country, and change the world.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Release on Wed. Iowa Event, Wofford Endorsement
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Redstate
Will Hinton / Good Will Hinton:
Libertarian Enemy Number One: Ron Paul  —  As the 2008 Presidential campaign unfolds, various storylines are appearing.  The supposed inevitability of Hillary, the evolution of Obama, and the musical chairs of the Republican candidates.  None of them however are as intriguing to me as the story of Ron Paul.
Democracy Project:
The Inside Story Of The SwiftBoaters Finally Told  —  This is the most important book you'll buy this year: To Set The Record Straight, How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry, by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler, with Forward by John O'Neill.
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The System Is Working  —  Maybe this isn't acknowledged enough, but it seems to me that the Founders would for the first time be pleased with how the United States has been adjusting policy and personnel in wartime this past year.  I think when historians look back, they will note a few things.
Discussion: The Agonist
Ezra Klein:
Why Oh Why Can't We Have A Better Press Corps?  —  By the way, lets be really clear about what's going on in this Kit Seelye piece: In evaluating a policy debate between two Democratic candidates for president, Seelye went to a right wing think tank (AEI) and asked them to adjudicate.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Personal side: Candidates' worst jobs  —  WASHINGTON - All these years later, Mike Huckabee still avoids touching the glass when he opens a door.  He remembers a thankless task at Penney's as a teenager, scrubbing away fingerprints only to have customers smudge the glass all over again.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Intercepting Iran's Take on America  —  There are two intelligence analyses that are relevant to the balance of power between the U.S. and Iran — one is the latest U.S. assessment of Iran, which certainly gave a much more complex view of what is happening there.
 
 
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Little Green Footballs:
BBC Knew of Terrorist Activity, Didn't Tell Cops
R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly:
OH, BOY!  —  *This story was updated Dec. 5.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Calitics and Eschaton
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Islamic Like Me: Taking On The Veil
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Specter accuses Reid of violating rules
Discussion: The Swamp
Darnell Little / Chicago Tribune:
Cook County blacks hit hard in drug war
Discussion: TalkLeft and ACSBlog
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: ABCNEWS
The Atlantic Online:
Three simple points about Iran/NIE
 Earlier Items: 
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
How Fox News covers the NIE — or in this case, doesn't
Discussion: Think Progress
William Kristol / New York Post:
NY'S '08 HOPES
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ian Vasquez / Cato-at-liberty:
Peru May Become Latin America's Next Success Story
Discussion: The Corner and Reason Magazine
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Hillary warns Wall Street
Rep. John Conyers / The Huffington Post:
Setting the Record Straight on FISA
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Skelton earns respect of military, Republicans
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NH NEA to endorse Clinton, Huckabee
Discussion: Publius Endures
 

 
From Mediagazer:

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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