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11:20 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:
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.
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
New York Times:
Good and Bad News About Iran
Discussion: American Footprints
Robert Baer / Time:
Was Bush Behind the Iran Report?
Byron York / The Corner:
NIE?  What NIE?  —  The Politico's David Paul Kuhn was among …
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.
Byron York / Invalid Article on National Review Online:
The Story Mike Huckabee Dreads
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
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: TIME and The New Republic
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Edwards Takes Step Back as Two Others Slug It Out
Discussion: MSNBC and MyDD
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 …
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.
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
A new course on Iraq (for Democrats, that is)
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 …
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Lott says retirement not tied to brother-in-law's indictment  —  Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), whose sudden retirement announcement caught Senate GOP leaders by surprise last week, strongly denied any link between his decision and the indictment of Mississippi lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, who is Lott's brother-in-law.
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.
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.
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
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Daniel G. Amen / Los Angeles Times:
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Tax to Offset AMT Patch Appears Unlikely
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Joshua Kurlantzick / The New Republic:
Going Down  —  Democracy once seemed ascendant in many East and Central Asian countries.
Discussion: The Corner
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
Arkansas Congressman: A Vocal Bill Clinton Could Have Changed My War Vote
Discussion: Open Left and MSNBC
Washington Post:
Nonprofits Become A Force in Primaries
Discussion: The Caucus and Betsy's Page
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Alexander leaps forward
John McCaslin / Washington Times:
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The Corner:
The Clinton Panic  —  Extraordinary.  She's lost some altitude …
Greg McDonald / CQ Politics:
Hastings Quits House Intelligence Panel, Cites Added Responsibilities
Discussion: Fox News and Never Yet Melted
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
Abu Jamal backers say new evidence merits retrial
Associated Press:
Huckabee bristles at creationism query

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