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3:13 AM ET, December 7, 2007


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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Destroyed Tapes of Interrogations  —  The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency's custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A's secret detention program …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
This Is A Banana Republic  —  What defines such a republic?  How about an executive that ignores the rule of law, commits war-crimes and then destroys the actual evidence?  Today's bombshell is that the CIA has done just that with respect to tapes made recording the torture of enemy combatants.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Pamela Hess /
Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed
Discussion: Emptywheel
Cernig / The Newshoggers:   CIA Destroys Torture Evidence
Hugh Hewitt /
"A Common Creed Of Moral Convictions"  —  Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was simply magnificent, and anyone who denies it is not to be trusted as an analyst.  On every level it was a masterpiece.  The staging and Romney's delivery, the eclipse of all other candidates it caused …
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
Romney's —Objectively— Great, Great Day
Discussion: Hot Air
Mitt Romney For President News:
Governor Mitt Romney's "Faith In America" Address
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF radio personality Bernie Ward indicted on child porn charges  —  (12-06) 15:29 PST San Francisco - —  Bernie Ward, a popular liberal San Francisco radio talk show host and former Catholic priest, has been indicted on federal child pornography charges, authorities said today.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Two GOP congresswomen quit Page Board  —  Two Republicans on the House Page Board resigned Thursday because the House clerk failed to notify them of two incidents involving high school-age students, including shoplifting charges and improper sexual conduct.  —  Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite …
Discussion: Wonkette
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Another Sexually Charged House Page Scandal  —  So much for reform of the House page program in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal.  House teenage pages are so wild and unsupervised that two GOP members of Congress have resigned from the House Page Board, protesting that they were not informed …
Discussion: Don Surber and The Strata-Sphere
National Review:
Huckabee: Force Behind My Rise in Polls Is 'Not Human'  —  First Mrs. Huckabee: … Comparing effective use of campaign funds to a miracle?  Cringe.  Well, it's just the candidate's wife, it's not like Huckabee would say something like...  Wow.  Huckabee's been endorsed by both Chuck Norris AND Jesus Christ.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
God Wants Me As President  —  His surge in the polls is caused by the same forces that allowed Jesus to feed the five thousand.  Well: what else is he going to believe?
CNN Political Ticker:
Senate's presidential contenders may face a tough choice  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may put some of the Democratic presidential candidates in awkward spot this weekend.  —  The Nevada Democrat told reporters Thursday he will schedule a Senate vote on the Energy Bill this Saturday.
Did Morgan Spurlock find Osama bin Laden?  —  15 minutes of footage shown at film fest sparks bidding war, speculation  —  Rumors are flying that filmmaker Morgan Spurlock of "Super Size Me" fame may have done what the United States government has failed to do for the last six years — find Osama bin Laden.
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
House passes a sweeping energy bill  —  Fuel efficiency would increase and alternative sources would expand.  The measure faces a tough road in the Senate.  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved the biggest increase in vehicle fuel-economy standards since gasoline cost less …
House approves raising fuel economy standards
Discussion: Wired Science and Gristmill
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush gives out wrong mortgage hotline phone number.  —  During his speech today announcing his plan "to ease the mortgage crisis for consumers, President Bush accidentally gave out the wrong number for his new "Hope Now Hotline" that worried homeowners are encouraged to call for assistance.
Chris Isidore /
Foreclosures reach record high  —  Lenders report sharp rise in foreclosures along with the highest level ever of homeowners seriously late in payments, and warned worst is still ahead.  —  NEW YORK ( — The rate of homeowners going into foreclosure or falling dangerously behind …
John Sweeney / The Huffington Post:
The Mortgage Crisis: Just Stop It
Discussion: AFL-CIO Weblog
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: The NIE Reflects An "Unhinged, Irrational Chicken Little Of A President"  —  Far more scary than the nuclear threat presented by Iran, the NIE report released this week reveals a more domestic threat to the republic: … Transcripts below the fold
Dan / Riehl World View:
Helen Thomas On Blogs: Dangerous  —  It appears Public Eye at CBS has plucked a gem from an interview with Helen Thomas at HuffPo I imagine few Right-siders read.  It's a real laugher if you've followed Thomas at all, particularly her pronouncements as regards America killing civilians in Iraq.
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Duo Set To Lead Dow Jones As Zannino Resigns
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Researchers track Ron Paul spam back to Reactor botnet
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Huckabee Tries to Shoot the Messenger, But Wounds His Campaign Instead
Discussion: Power Line and The Nation
Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Tanta / Calculated Risk:
The Plan: My Initial Reaction
Bolivians attack Venezuelan army plane with stones
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fred compares Huck to Clinton, hits him on taxes
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Max Boot on Saudi Arabia, NIE
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Scott MacKay / Providence Journal:
Plame takes on Bush policies in speech
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Ron Paul blimp charts unprecedented course
Discussion: Ron Paul Blimp and Wonkette
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary Loves Krugman
Discussion: Spin Cycle
CBS News:
$1B In Military Equipment Missing In Iraq
The Hill:
2008 and Counting: Gen. Clark says Obama started it all
Luke Broadwater / Examiner:
Woman beaten on bus
Pew Hispanic Center:
Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
Iraqi officers go missing in U.S.