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9:20 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:
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
Hotline On Call:   Huck: NIE ... Come Again?
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
New Data and New Methods Lead to Revised View on Iran
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
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 Caucus and The Corner
Boston Globe:
Romney fires company after Globe investigation
Hugh Hewitt /
The Globe's Romney Obsession
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
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Hill Democrats Explore New Strategy on Iraq  —  Plan Would Link Funding to Political Gains  —  Facing increasing evidence of military progress in Iraq, some Democratic congressional leaders are eyeing a shift in legislative strategy that would abandon a link between $50 billion …
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
A new course on Iraq (for Democrats, that is)  —  The party that forced a new direction in the war needs to embrace the positive developments rather than remaining stuck in a pre-surge funk.  —  Rarely in U.S. history has a political party diagnosed a major failure in the country's approach …
Discussion: The Corner
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
BBC 'took terrorist trainers paintballing'  —  The BBC funded a paintballing trip for men later accused of Islamic terrorism and failed to pass on information about the 21/7 bombers to police, a court was told yesterday.  —  Mohammed Hamid, who is charged with overseeing a two-year radicalisation programme …
John McCaslin / Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway  —  Inside the Beltway  —  Dorris vs. Roberts  —  Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is not worthy of an honorary law degree from the University of Illinois — not yet at least.  —  "The primary reason is that it was premature.
The Corner:
See Through  —  Many thanks to Michael Novak for pointing out the Washington Post article by Richard Dawkins on the dangers of sexual jealousy and the reasonableness of infidelity.  On his criticism of jealousy — Dawkins scores well; it is a horrible, if unavoidable, emotion and never a wise counselor.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Don Surber:
Iraq = D.C.  —  Having opposed the liberation, the left …
Discussion: Rox Populi
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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