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11:45 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:
Key Judgments From a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's Nuclear Activity  —  Following are key judgments from a November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," as declassified and released Monday by the office of the director of national intelligence.
Discussion: The New Republic
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Seven Days in December?
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 and The Atlantic Online
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 …
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
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)  —  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 and The Heretik
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Hill Democrats Explore New Strategy on Iraq
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.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: No Huckaboom in N.H. as Romney Holds Tough  —  Mitt Romney leads in N.H. on the strength of issues and personal attributes.  —  The forces pulling Mike Huckabee to the fore in Iowa are fizzling 1,300 miles to the east, where, in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney holds strong on issues …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton HQ 'bomber' hoped police would kill him
Discussion: MSNBC and Spin Cycle
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Infrastructure to MRAPs  —  I made this photo last week in northern Iraq.
Hitler - Hero of "Voice of Palestine" contest
Transcript: NPR Democratic Candidates' Debate
Jeff Karoub / Associated Press:
Groups: High lead in Hannah Montana cards, other toys
Discussion: The Swamp
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Troop Surge in Iraq Receives a Bit More Credit
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jim Manzi / The American Scene:
Coase Club  —  This is often called a Pigovian tax in honor …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Daniel G. Amen / Los Angeles Times:
Getting inside their heads ... really inside
Discussion: Wonkette
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Tax to Offset AMT Patch Appears Unlikely
Deacon / Power Line:
Joshua Kurlantzick / The New Republic:
Going Down  —  Democracy once seemed ascendant in many East and Central Asian countries.
Discussion: The Corner
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Alexander leaps forward
The Corner:
The Clinton Panic  —  Extraordinary.  She's lost some altitude …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wash. Post Obama story under fire
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Hot Air