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3:12 AM ET, December 5, 2007


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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: Daniel W. Drezner
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.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and PoliGazette
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Roll-Out Goes Flat
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
New Data, New Methods, New Conclusion
Boston Globe:
Romney fires company after Globe investigation
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Hugh Hewitt /
The Globe's Romney Obsession
Byron York / The Corner:   Mormonism? What About the Sanctuary Mansion?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Romney's lawn care company hires illegal immigrants...AGAIN!
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
For Democrats, a Strained Debate on Immigration
Discussion: Redstate and The Politico
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton: Edwards' Iran charge goes 'way too far'
Discussion: The Politico and Suitably Flip
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Democrats Debate on Radio
Discussion: Salon and CQ Politics
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
Associated Press:
Huckabee bristles at creationism query
Discussion: Lean Left and Corrente
Hotline On Call:   Huck: NIE ... Come Again?
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Huckabee-ing and Nothingness  —  Bill Kristol says flatly …
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 …
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 …
The Blotter:
Mom: 'Carol Sue Would Be Alive Today' If Not for Huckabee  —  Brian Ross and Anna Schecter Report:  —  A Missouri mother says she will do "whatever it takes" to stop former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee from becoming president, because he freed the man who went on to rape and murder her daughter, Carol Sue Shields (pictured).
Paul Jeeves / Daily Express:
NURSES TOLD TO TURN MUSLIMS' BEDS TO MECCA  —  OVERWORKED nurses have been ordered to stop all medical work five times every day to move Muslim patients' beds so they face towards Mecca.  —  The lengthy procedure, which also includes providing fresh bathing water, is creating turmoil among overstretched staff on bustling NHS wards.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Roger Ailes
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Dirty Tricksters Caught on Video: CBS Evening News Edition  —  Guest post by Julia Rosen.  Julia is the Online Political Director for the Courage Campaign and an editor at Calitics.  —  It is not every day that something from a blog post ends up in the CBS Evening News …
Discussion: The American Street
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Pakistan to deport Code Pink protesters  —  Pakistan authorities today ordered the deportation of the leader of the feminist U.S. antiwar group Code Pink, who was in Lahore to join protests against the emergency rule imposed by President Pervez Musharraf, according to a spokeswoman for the group.
The Corner:
Wicked Idiots  —  I used the phrase a few months back when Ron Paul supporters jeered Giuliani on the Mackinac ferry, asking him what he did with the gold that was in the World Trade towers, before the U.S. government destroyed them.  That is both wicked and idiotic.
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Liveblogging The Senate Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly vs. The USO & Drowning Pool
Fox News:
Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings Resigns From House Intelligence Panel
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Leahy sets vote against Rove, Bolten
The Federalist Society Online Debate Series
Discussion: Balkinization
U.S. Federal Election Commission:
Biden Fifth Presidential Candidate Declared Eligible for Primary …
Discussion: PoliGazette
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
'Suicidal Gestures' at Guantánamo Disclosed
Discussion: Feministe and On Deadline
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
We're Just Kidding!  —  DES MOINES - So did you hear …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Another Sensitive Guantanamo Manual Leaked Online
Justin McCarthy /
Whoopi Goldberg Rails Against Death Tax
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 2nd Annual Worst Quotes From The Daily Kos (2007 Edition)