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6:30 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 …
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An Iowa Clinton-backer goes there
Discussion: The Trail and Spin Cycle
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Here's The Obama Muslim Smear E-mail Sent Out By The County Chair …
Discussion: MyDD
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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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: Clinton Fends Off Obama in N.H. With More Committed Support  —  Clinton Holding Off Obama in New Hampshire  —  Hillary Clinton is holding off Barack Obama in New Hampshire with a single-digit but seemingly solid lead, scoring more committed and enthusiastic support …
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Clinton, Romney still ahead in three NH polls  —  Three New Hampshire polls being released today show Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney holding onto their leads.  —  A new poll of 1,343 likely primary voters taken Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion shows …
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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE NIE STUFF....In the Washington Post today, David Ignatius passes along what his sources are telling him about how the new Iran NIE was put together: … Ignatius also notes that the new attitude toward analysis the produced the NIE was largely the work of Deputy Director of National Intelligence Thomas Fingar.
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The Atlantic Online:
Three simple points about Iran/NIE
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere, AMERICAblog and NPR
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Fox News:
Gunman Kills Eight, Then Kills Himself, at Omaha Shopping Mall  —  OMAHA, Neb. — BREAKING NEWS: A man with a rifle opened fire at a busy Omaha shopping mall Wednesday, killing eight people before taking his own life, police said.  Five others were wounded, two critically.
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Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:   Man opens fire at Omaha mall, killing 8
Democracy Project:
The Inside Story Of The SwiftBoaters Finally Told  —  This is the most important book you'll buy this year: To Set The Record Straight, How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry, by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler, with Forward by John O'Neill.
Discussion: Bookworm Room
The Politico:
Cheney: Iraq to be self-governing by 2009  —  Vice President Cheney today predicted Iraq will be a self-governing democracy by the time he leaves office, calling the current U.S. surge strategy "a remarkable success story" that will be studied for years to come.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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
CNN Political Ticker:
Oprah rally moved to football stadium  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Relax, University of South Carolina football fans.  Your season may be over, but Williams-Brice Stadium won't be empty for long.  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME and Riehl World View
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.
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.
Discussion: Galley Slaves
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.
 
 
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A RARE MOMENT OF CANDOR
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Prominent South Carolina Republican draws more attention to Mormonism
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Huckabee & Post Conservatism
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Hear Arguments in Guantánamo Cases
Don Surber:
Pink Christmas  —  Democrats seem hellbent on destroying the American military.
Discussion: Right Voices and Redstate
The Atlantic Online:
Ignorance is Bliss  —  At a minimum, I sincerely hope it is …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Eschaton
R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly:
OH, BOY!  —  *This story was updated Dec. 5.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Calitics and Eschaton
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Islamic Like Me: Taking On The Veil
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
It's getting ugly: Specter accuses Reid of violating decorum
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Begging the Question on Intelligence
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
How Fox News covers the NIE — or in this case, doesn't
Discussion: Think Progress
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Iran's Ramazan Corps and the ratlines into Iraq
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NH NEA to endorse Clinton, Huckabee
Discussion: Publius Endures
 

 
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