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10:45 AM ET, December 6, 2007


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Mitt Romney For President News:
Excerpts Of Governor Romney's "Faith In America" Address  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  CONTACT: Romney Press Shop (857) 288-6390  —  College Station, TX - Speaking at The George Bush Presidential Library, Governor Romney will address the American people about his views on religious liberty …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Crucial Test for Romney in Speech on His Religion  —  Mitt Romney's planned speech today at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas to confront suspicions about his Mormon faith is being viewed as the biggest moment of his presidential campaign.  —  With surveys showing …
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Speech: Excerpts  —  Mitt and Ann Romney are visiting with former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara right now in the apartment Bush keeps here in College Station.  After a prayer with friends and family, Romney will give a speech that will draw more attention than any he's ever given in his life.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Mormon speech pivotal for Romney  —  Two weeks ago it was settled policy within Mitt Romney's campaign that his speech dealing with his Mormon faith would be delivered much later — if at all — and only after primary election victories.  Romney suddenly overruled his advisers to undertake …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Redstate and MSNBC
CNN Political Ticker:   Romney: I'll serve no one religion
Jon Meacham / Newsweek:
What Romney Should Say  —  The candidate would do well to recall …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TIME
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Bishop Romney  —  A Mormon reader writes: … (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty.)
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney: No religious test for president
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
How the Public Perceives Romney, Mormons
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney: 'Freedom requires religion'
Patrick Ruffini:
Romney's Faith Speech on
Discussion: Threat Level
Michelle Malkin:
The Romney speech on Ustream
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
A Much Smarter, More Interesting Version Of "The Speech"
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Flaws In the Iran Report  —  Rarely has a document from the supposedly hidden world of intelligence had such an impact as the National Intelligence Estimate released this week.  Rarely has an administration been so unprepared for such an event.  And rarely have vehement critics of the …
New York Times:
Details in Military Notes Led to Shift on Iran, U.S. Says  —  American intelligence agencies reversed their view about the status of Iran's nuclear weapons program after they obtained notes last summer from the deliberations of Iranian military officials involved in the weapons development program …
Mark Thompson / Time:
Why the Pentagon Is Happy about the NIE  —  The latest National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was the final factor in a military equation that now appears to guarantee that there will be no war with Iran during the Bush Administration.  It meshes with the views of the operational types at the Pentagon …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Macsmind
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Pattern of Deception  —  President Bush changed the way he talked …
Discussion: Danger Room and Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Pulpit Was the Springboard for Huckabee's Rise  —  In August 1980, as the conservative Christian movement was first transforming American politics, Ronald Reagan stood before a Dallas stadium full of 15,000 foot-stomping, hand-clapping evangelicals and pledged his fealty to the Bible.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Huckabee Democrats' Biggest Nightmare?  —  Mike Huckabee's rapid rise in the Republican presidential race is prompting concern among some Democratic strategists who believe that the former Arkansas governor could become a daunting general election foe should he secure the GOP nomination.
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems back off on Iraq demands  —  Each day lately, Democrats inch closer to giving President Bush more money for the war in Iraq without any serious mandates for withdrawing U.S. troops.  —  Democratic leaders are loath to acknowledge they've backed off, but lawmakers from both sides of the aisle …
Gateway Pundit:
Cheney Gloats- Gates Announces More Troop Withdrawals- As Iraq Returns to Normalcy  —  As the security situation in Iraq continues to improve and more plans for troop withdrawals are announced, Bush Administration officials are sounding confident that a successful democratic Iraq is within reach.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Boy Scouts Lose Philadelphia Lease in Gay-Rights Fight  —  For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground.  It resisted the city's request to change its discriminatory policy toward gay people despite threats that if it did not do so …
Discussion: Althouse and Alas, a blog
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Paul's Quixotic, Chaotic Run May Make Its Push in N.H.  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has raised more than $10 million for his run for president in the past two months, leaving him well positioned to help swing the outcome of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire …
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Brides Have Hit Glass  —  Things were kind of, shall we say, meta on Liberal Mountain last night, when I sat down with my delightful family and had Thers tell me that he had been charged by Miss Havisham herself to rein me in.  —  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!  —  I am not making this up.
Discussion: The Sideshow
Barbara A. Oakley / Chicago Tribune:
A world afflicted with blind spots  —  I awakened to the smell of something strong and strange.  The alarm clock came blearily into view: 2:12 a.m. I'd been asleep only an hour.  My research and writing sometimes keep me up late — it's difficult, after all, puzzling out the neuroscience behind why sinister people do what they do.
Discussion: Power Line
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