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8:15 AM ET, December 5, 2007


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huckabee not aware of NIE report on Iran  —  My colleague David Paul Kuhn attended an on-the-record dinner with Mike Huckabee and a group of reporters tonight in Des Moines.  —  The transcript speaks for itself:
Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush Told Olmert Of NIE Two Days Before President Was Allegedly First Briefed On It  —  Yesterday, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters that President Bush was first briefed on the National Intelligence Estimate's conclusions on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Washington Post:
Intelligence on Iran  —  THE NEW National Intelligence Estimate on Iran contains some unambiguously good news: that Tehran halted a covert nuclear weapons program in 2003, and that it is responsive to the sort of international pressure applied by the United States and other Western governments.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Time to Talk to Iran  —  Regardless of what one thinks about the National Intelligence Estimate's conclusion that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003 — and there is much to question in the report — its practical effects are indisputable.  The Bush administration cannot …
Hotline On Call:   Huck: NIE ... Come Again?
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
New Data, New Methods, New Conclusion
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Monitoring Agency Praises U.S. Report, but Keeps Wary Eye on Iran  —  The International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday publicly embraced the new American intelligence assessment stating that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons effort, but in truth the agency is taking a more cautious approach …
Discussion: Macsmind and Daniel W. Drezner
Joshua Mitnick / Washington Times:
Israel challenges report on nukes  —  TEL AVIV — Israeli officials yesterday disputed the conclusions of Monday's surprise U.S. assessment of Iran's nuclear program, citing "clear and solid intelligence" that Iran is continuing to develop nuclear weapons to threaten Israel and Europe.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
Boston Globe:
Lawn work at Romney's home still done by illegal immigrants  —  Ricardo Saenz, owner of the company that employed illegal immigrants, worked on Romney's lawn recently.  —  By Maria Cramer and Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff; and Connie Paige, Globe Correspondent
Romney fires landscapers over illegal immigrants  —  (CNN) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday fired a landscaping company that worked at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, after he said he learned it employs illegal immigrants.  —  "I am disappointed that our relationship must end …
Discussion: ScrappleFace
Boston Globe:
Romney fires company after Globe investigation
Hugh Hewitt /
The Globe's Romney Obsession
Washington Post:
Poll Shows Romney With Wide Lead in New Hampshire  —  Mitt Romney holds a sizeable lead in New Hampshire in a new Washington Post-ABC poll, with 37 percent of likely Republican primary voters, compared to 20 percent for John McCain, 16 percent for Rudy Giuliani and 9 percent for Mike Huckabee.
Discussion: The Corner
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Watch out Rudy, here comes Huck!  —  A new national Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released a minute ago reveals that the Mike Huckabee phenomenon has exploded far beyond Iowa; the former Arkansas governor is now threatening the national lead of longtime Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
The Religious Double Standard
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
Greg McDonald / CQ Politics:
Hastings Quits House Intelligence Panel, Cites Added Responsibilities  —  Democrat Alcee L. Hastings of Florida abruptly resigned from the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, citing increased activities as chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and his work on the Rules Committee.
Fox News:   Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings Resigns From House Intelligence Panel
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NPR's Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers  —  Seven of the eight Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Des Moines this afternoon for a radio debate sponsored by National Public Radio.  —  The debate focused exclusively on three issues: Iran (and the echoes of Iraq), China and immigration.
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
Abu Jamal backers say new evidence merits retrial  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Supporters of a Pennsylvania man condemned to death for the 1981 murder of a policeman released photographs on Tuesday that they said prove he deserves a new trial.  —  Mumia Abu Jamal, a former Philadelphia radio journalist …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sweet Neocons  —  I have been writing for years that the neocons are always wrong about everything and this new NIE basically stating that the Iran threat has been vastly overstated drives that home once more.  It would be funny if it weren't so dangerous.  —  The crux of their argument …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
'Green Hanukkia' campaign sparks ire  —  In a campaign that has spread like wildfire across the Internet, a group of Israeli environmentalists is encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment.  —  The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign found …
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
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