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4:10 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 and MSNBC
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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 …
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
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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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Media Blog
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 …
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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
How Fox News covers the NIE — or in this case, doesn't  —  Last night, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee conceded he hadn't heard a word about the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, and the conclusions that Iran's nuclear-weapons program was shut down more than four years ago.
Discussion: Think Progress
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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.
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
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
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.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Personal side: Candidates' worst jobs  —  WASHINGTON - All these years later, Mike Huckabee still avoids touching the glass when he opens a door.  He remembers a thankless task at Penney's as a teenager, scrubbing away fingerprints only to have customers smudge the glass all over again.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Rep. John Conyers / The Huffington Post:
Setting the Record Straight on FISA  —  In recent weeks, there has been lot of conflicting information floating around about efforts by House Democrats to protect the country by adopting rules for intelligence gathering that are both flexible and constitutional.
Discussion: The American Street
 
 
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