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12:25 PM 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:
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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.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
NIE: An Abrupt About-Face  —  As many recognize, the latest NIE on Iran's nuclear weapons program directly contradicts what the U.S. Intelligence Community was saying just two years previously.  And it appears that this about-face was very recent.  How recent?
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Myth of the Mad Mullahs
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FIVE YEARS OF THE CONDOR
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Nonpartisan AEI  —  I have a lot of problems with this Kit Seelye piece.  It's kind of weird that the usual "both sides may have a point" reporting gave way to a clear declaration that one side is right — precisely on an issue where many, many health experts believe that Obama is wrong …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Atlantic Online
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Which Democrat's Health Plan Really, Truly Covers More People?  —  While the leading Democratic presidential candidates agree on most policy issues, a sharp dispute has emerged: Who would do more to provide health coverage for the uninsured?  —  Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Clinton Attack on Obama Overlooks Some Realities
Discussion: TIME and The New Republic
Jules Crittenden:
Bush-Bashing Is Fun  —  But here's what you missed amid the Iranapalooza excitement.  Some of the elusive and much sought-after political progress in Iraq: … Meanwhile, in Baghdad: … Incremental, though significantly more progress than, say, Congress has made lately.  On anything.
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Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
A new course on Iraq (for Democrats, that is)
Discussion: The Corner and The Heretik
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Hill Democrats Explore New Strategy on Iraq
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NH NEA to endorse Clinton, Huckabee  —  From NBC/NJ's Tricia Miller  —  The 16,000-member New Hampshire affiliate of the National Education Association has chosen to recommend to its members Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Skelton earns respect of military, Republicans  —  A self-described small-town "country lawyer," Rep. Ike Skelton suddenly had the case of a lifetime last September.  —  On trial was the conduct of the Iraq war, and as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the Missouri Democrat …
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Fred W. Baker III / DefenseLINK:
Army Civilians Could Receive Furlough Notices by Christmas
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   POLL: No Huckaboom in N.H. as Romney Holds Tough
Robin McDowell / Associated Press:
More than 10,000 jet into Bali for global warming conference  —  U.N. official rejects notion attendees adding to problem  —  BALI, Indonesia — Never before have so many people converged to try to save the planet from global warming, with more than 10,000 jetting into this Indonesian resort island …
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 …
 
 
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
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Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Climate change bill likely to pass Senate committee
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Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton HQ 'bomber' hoped police would kill him
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Irenep / Michael Yon:
Infrastructure to MRAPs  —  I made this photo last week in northern Iraq.
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Hitler - Hero of "Voice of Palestine" contest
NPR:
Transcript: NPR Democratic Candidates' Debate
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Troop Surge in Iraq Receives a Bit More Credit
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices grill Gitmo detainees' lawyer
Discussion: Law Blog, fed-soc.org and Althouse
Jim Manzi / The American Scene:
Coase Club  —  This is often called a Pigovian tax in honor …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Lott says retirement not tied to brother-in-law's indictment
Daniel G. Amen / Los Angeles Times:
Getting inside their heads ... really inside
Discussion: Wonkette
Deacon / Power Line:
RONALD REAGAN OR JIMMY CARTER
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Alexander leaps forward
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wash. Post Obama story under fire
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