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5:50 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 / The Politico:
Clinton staffer received anti-Obama e-mail  —  Blog: Copy of Obama-Muslim smear e-mail apparently sent by Clinton volunteer.
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
Discussion: The Trail and 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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Redstate:
We should be skeptical of the NIE  —  The accuracy of the latest NIE on Iran should be received with a good deal of skepticism.  Our intelligence community has often underestimated the intentions of adversaries, including Saddam Hussein's Iraq and North Korea.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Myth of the Mad Mullahs
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Time to Talk to Iran
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: Clinton Fends Off Obama in N.H. With More Committed Support  —  Clinton Holding Off Obama in New Hampshire  —  Hillary Clinton is holding off Barack Obama in New Hampshire with a single-digit but seemingly solid lead, scoring more committed and enthusiastic support …
Discussion: Washington Post and Pollster.com
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
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, TIME and Riehl World View
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Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
GOP race remains wide-open in South Carolina
Holman W. Jenkins Jr / Opinion Journal:
The Science of Gore's Nobel  —  What if everyone believes in global warmism only because everyone believes in global warmism?  —  The Nobel Committee might as well have called it Al Gore's Inner Peace Prize, given the way it seems designed to help him disown his lifelong ambition …
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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
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.
The Politico:
Cheney: Iraq to be self-governing by 2009  —  Vice President Cheney today predicted Iraq will be a self-governing democracy by the time he leaves office, calling the current U.S. surge strategy "a remarkable success story" that will be studied for years to come.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Release on Wed.  Iowa Event, Wofford Endorsement  —  Obama to Issue Call to Serve, Vow to Make National Service Important Cause of His Presidency  —  MANCHESTER, NH—Senator Barack Obama today will issue a "Call to Serve" and detail his commitment to making national service …
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.
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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R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly:
OH, BOY!  —  *This story was updated Dec. 5.
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Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Islamic Like Me: Taking On The Veil
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Personal side: Candidates' worst jobs
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
It's getting ugly: Specter accuses Reid of violating decorum
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
How Fox News covers the NIE — or in this case, doesn't
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Iran's Ramazan Corps and the ratlines into Iraq
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Hillary warns Wall Street
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NH NEA to endorse Clinton, Huckabee
Discussion: Publius Endures
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wash. Post Obama story under fire
 

 
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