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10:05 AM ET, December 5, 2007


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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.
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
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:
Hotline On Call:   Huck: NIE ... Come Again?
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.
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
Jules Crittenden:   Bush-Bashing Is Fun  —  But here's what you missed amid the Iranapalooza excitement.
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
A Calmer Iraq: Fragile, and Possibly Fleeting
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 …
Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush Told Olmert Of NIE Two Days Before President Was Allegedly …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and Paul Krugman
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:   Clinton Attack on Obama Overlooks Some Realities
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Alexander leaps forward  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) appears to have emerged as the front-runner in the two-way race for a plum Senate Republican leadership position, aides and senators said Tuesday.  —  According to two people tracking the race, more than 25 senators in the 49-member conference …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wash. Post Obama story under fire  —  The Washington Post is accustomed to criticism of its coverage from the right and left blogospheres, but a Nov. 29 front page story about Barack Obama's rumored Muslim ties came with a twist: Many voices within its own newsroom joined in the firestorm.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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