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11:55 AM ET, December 6, 2007


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Mitt Romney For President News:
Excerpts Of Governor Romney's "Faith In America" Address  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  CONTACT: Romney Press Shop (857) 288-6390  —  College Station, TX - Speaking at The George Bush Presidential Library, Governor Romney will address the American people about his views on religious liberty …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Crucial Test for Romney in Speech on His Religion  —  Mitt Romney's planned speech today at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas to confront suspicions about his Mormon faith is being viewed as the biggest moment of his presidential campaign.  —  With surveys showing …
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME and MSNBC
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did Romney Score With The Speech?  —  People sometimes underestimate Mitt Romney's persuasive speaking style and genuine warmth on the dais, and that made some difference today with his speech, "Faith in America".  Before its delivery, it appeared to hold no promise for Romney's standing with voters …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Bishop Romney  —  A Mormon reader writes: … (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty.)
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney: 'Freedom requires religion'
Edward / Heading Right:
Faith In America: Live Blog
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   The Speech: Excerpts  —  Mitt and Ann Romney are visiting …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Romney takes leap of faith with religion speech
Discussion: Wonkette
CNN Political Ticker:   Romney: I'll serve no one religion
Jon Meacham / Newsweek:
What Romney Should Say  —  The candidate would do well to recall …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Flaws In the Iran Report  —  Rarely has a document from the supposedly hidden world of intelligence had such an impact as the National Intelligence Estimate released this week.  Rarely has an administration been so unprepared for such an event.  And rarely have vehement critics of the …
New York Times:
Details in Military Notes Led to Shift on Iran, U.S. Says  —  American intelligence agencies reversed their view about the status of Iran's nuclear weapons program after they obtained notes last summer from the deliberations of Iranian military officials involved in the weapons development program …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Pattern of Deception  —  President Bush changed the way he talked about Iran in August: He stopped making explicit assertions about the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.  —  On Monday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a new national intelligence estimate …
New York Times:
In Iran We Trust?  —  ON Monday the United States intelligence …
Discussion: QandO
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems back off on Iraq demands  —  Each day lately, Democrats inch closer to giving President Bush more money for the war in Iraq without any serious mandates for withdrawing U.S. troops.  —  Democratic leaders are loath to acknowledge they've backed off, but lawmakers from both sides of the aisle …
New York Times:
Pulpit Was the Springboard for Huckabee's Rise  —  In August 1980, as the conservative Christian movement was first transforming American politics, Ronald Reagan stood before a Dallas stadium full of 15,000 foot-stomping, hand-clapping evangelicals and pledged his fealty to the Bible.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Huckabee Democrats' Biggest Nightmare?
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and CNN
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Obama Ad In Iowa: "Our Moment Is Now"  —  Here's a first look at a new Barack Obama ad that just went up in Iowa.  The 60-second spot, which features footage of Obama's speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, is in keeping with the Obama campaign message that he's uniquely positioned …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Richard Allen Greene / The Politico:
Zeroing in on nontraditional caucus-goers
Discussion: Donklephant
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Boy Scouts Lose Philadelphia Lease in Gay-Rights Fight  —  For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground.  It resisted the city's request to change its discriminatory policy toward gay people despite threats that if it did not do so …
Carter Dougherty / International Herald Tribune:
High income taxes in Denmark worsen a labor shortage  —  COPENHAGEN: As a self-employed software engineer, Thomas Sorensen broadcasts his qualifications to potential employers across Europe and the Middle East.  But to the ones in his native Denmark, he is simply unavailable.
Discussion: Right Wing News and The Corner
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Paul's Quixotic, Chaotic Run May Make Its Push in N.H.  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has raised more than $10 million for his run for president in the past two months, leaving him well positioned to help swing the outcome of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Queasy Giuliani Faithful Ask For Truth On Trips  —  'Own Up or Explain,' Says New Hampshire Backer Charbonneau  —  Rudy Giuliani.  —  Rudy Giuliani's supporters are unsettled.  —  "Yeah, I'm starting to have second thoughts," said Garry Biniecki, the undersheriff of Sanilac County in Michigan …
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Brides Have Hit Glass  —  Things were kind of, shall we say, meta on Liberal Mountain last night, when I sat down with my delightful family and had Thers tell me that he had been charged by Miss Havisham herself to rein me in.  —  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!  —  I am not making this up.
Discussion: The Sideshow
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Iraq Study Group Day
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
BBC 'funded paintballing trip for Islamic terrorists and didn't pass …
Anthee Carassava / New York Times:
Greece and Macedonia to Restart Talks on Name
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Pushed Out of Baghdad, Insurgents Move North
Declan McCullagh / CNET
House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites
Discussion: Redstate
Barbara A. Oakley / Chicago Tribune:
A world afflicted with blind spots
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Inside the fight for Iowa
Discussion: MSNBC
Gail Colllins / New York Times:
Born-Yesterday Candidates  —  The presidential campaign is sure getting hot.
Discussion: MSNBC
Simon Romero / New York Times:
For Chávez, Reflection and Anger After Defeat
Discussion: PoliGazette and PoliBlog (TM)
Financial Times:
Banned cargo on way to Iran held in UAE