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10:45 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.
New York Times:
Good and Bad News About Iran
Discussion: American Footprints
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
Byron York / The Corner:
NIE?  What NIE?  —  The Politico's David Paul Kuhn was among …
Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush Told Olmert Of NIE Two Days Before President Was Allegedly …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Edwards Takes Step Back as Two Others Slug It Out  —  As Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama exchanged frequent and increasingly personal jabs on the campaign trail this week, John Edwards found himself on the sidelines.  And enjoying it.  —  In Waterloo, Iowa …
Discussion: MSNBC and MyDD
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: MSNBC
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Clinton Attack on Obama Overlooks Some Realities
Discussion: The New Republic
Paul Krugman:
Nonpartisan AEI  —  I have a lot of problems with this Kit Seelye piece.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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)
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: A Blog For All and Maggie's Farm
Regina Medina /
THE PARTY'S OVER  — 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.
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 …
Boston Globe:
Lawn work at Romney's home still done by illegal immigrants
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: FishBowlDC and Hot Air
Joshua Kurlantzick / The New Republic:
Going Down  —  Democracy once seemed ascendant in many East and Central Asian countries.  Not so much anymore.  —  Most days, the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel in Manila caters to a cross-section of elite Philippine society.  Politicians in sharp suits swap stories in the coffee shop …
Discussion: The Corner
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