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3:50 PM ET, December 5, 2007

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Campaign Acknowledges That County Chair Backing Hillary Passed Along Obama Muslim Smear Email  —  A day after the Hillary campaign hit the Obama camp for bullying voters in nasty phone calls, the Hillary crew has just acknowledged that an Iowa county chair volunteering …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton staffer on anti-Obama email chain  —  I've obtained a copy of the email sent to Johnson, Iowa County Chairman Gary Hart, by a Clinton volunteer.  —  It's one of a couple Obama-Muslim-smear emails circulating widely, and one of the ones Jonathan Martin and I wrote about in October.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
CLINTON CAMPAIGN COUNTY CHAIR PUSHING OBAMA SMEAR...  The infamous Obama-is-a-secret Muslim smear (repeatedly shown to be false) has been winging around the internet via an email forward since late December last year.  As I documented for the Nation, it's a permutation of a charge first leveled …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An Iowa Clinton-backer goes there  —  The Clinton campaign is forcing a county coordinator to leave the campaign after the supported dipped into one of the darker spots of the Internet, forwarding an e-mail with the Obama-Muslim claim.  —  A Kos diarist the Nation identifies as Jones county chair Gary Hart …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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?
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Time to Talk to Iran
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Begging the Question on Intelligence
Discussion: Guardian and The Atlantic Online
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE NIE STUFF....In the Washington Post today, David Ignatius …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
How Fox News covers the NIE — or in this case, doesn't
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:   Who Hearts Huckabee?  —  Libertarians John Tabin and Shawn Macomber …
Zogby:
Zogby Latest:Zogby Latest: Iowa: Dead Heats; New Hampshire: Clinton suffers shrinkage; Romney recovers strong lead after autumnal fade; The Angry Electorate: Four of five Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans say they are angry at the U.S. political system  —  Utica, New York …
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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 …
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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.
Will Hinton / Good Will Hinton:
Libertarian Enemy Number One: Ron Paul  —  As the 2008 Presidential campaign unfolds, various storylines are appearing.  The supposed inevitability of Hillary, the evolution of Obama, and the musical chairs of the Republican candidates.  None of them however are as intriguing to me as the story of Ron Paul.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Donklephant
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Intercepting Iran's Take on America  —  There are two intelligence analyses that are relevant to the balance of power between the U.S. and Iran — one is the latest U.S. assessment of Iran, which certainly gave a much more complex view of what is happening there.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The System Is Working  —  Maybe this isn't acknowledged enough, but it seems to me that the Founders would for the first time be pleased with how the United States has been adjusting policy and personnel in wartime this past year.  I think when historians look back, they will note a few things.
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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