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5:50 PM ET, December 7, 2007

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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Romney Spokesman Won't Say If Atheists Have Place In America  —  A spokesman for the Mitt Romney campaign is thus far refusing to say whether Romney sees any positive role in America for atheists and other non-believers, after Election Central inquired about the topic yesterday
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Faith vs. the Faithless  —  Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek and the author of "American Gospel," which describes the history of religious liberty in the United States.  Richard John Neuhaus is the editor in chief of First Things and the author of "The Naked Public Square," …
Lee Harris / TCS Daily:   How and Why Romney Bombed
Emptywheel:
Whitehouse Reveals Smoking Gun of White House Claiming Not to Be Bound by Any Law  —  Damn, I love me some Sheldon Whitehouse.  He, like, actually knows the law.  And he, like, is willing to actually read the stuff he is exercising oversight over.  —  Which is why this speech he gave today …
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Faiz / Think Progress:   Sen. Whitehouse Reveals Secret DoJ Legal Memos: Bush Determines …
whitehouse.senate.gov:
In FISA Speech, Whitehouse Sharply Criticizes Bush Administration's …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Emptywheel
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Is Controlled By Fundies, "Idiots"  —  Nooner, who's apparently been in a coma for the past 30 years, is shocked, shocked! to find that the GOP's base is a bunch of [flat-earther homophobic] religious bigots. … And why would that be? … You don't say!  Goodness, who let them in?
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Mormon in America  —  How Mitt Romney came to give The Speech—and how he did.  —  Did Mitt Romney have to give a speech on religion?  Yes.  When you're in a race so close you could lose due to one issue, your Mormonism, you must address the issue of your Mormonism.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Speech: How is it playing in Iowa?
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Fix
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pelosi calls Cheney swipe undignified  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says a swipe that Vice President Cheney took at Democratic House leaders is "beneath the dignity of his office."  —  Capitol Hill was abuzz Thursday with discussion of the vice president's assertion in an interview …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF to show US nuclear data on Iran  —  Disappointed after failing to make their case on Iran and influence the outcome of the United States's National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released this week, Military Intelligence will present its hard core evidence on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program …
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The Atlantic Online:
Start Snitchin'  —  How, you wonder, does the CIA get away with something like destroying video evidence of illegal activity?  Surely there's some congressional oversight.  Well, as it turns out, there sort of is: Senator Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Jane Harman knew some of what was going on …
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The Corner:
Steynophobia  —  Late yesterday I stumbled across an article about a "human rights complaint" filed by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) against Maclean's, Canada's most widely-read news magazine, for running a "flagrantly Islamophobic" excerpt from Mark Steyn's book, America Alone.
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Guardian:
Their own worst enemies
Discussion: The Corner and Dean's World
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Huckabee Surges, Obama Gains in Iowa  —  The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.  —  Yana Paskova / Getty Images  —  Looking Up: Huckabee now seems unstoppable in the Iowa caucuses
Discussion: MyDD and MSNBC
The Washington Post / The Trail:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's a Ron Paul Ad  —  If folks in New Hampshire have not had enough political advertising on their televisions, on the radios in their cars, or in their mailboxes, soon will be able to simply tilt their heads back and look up.  —  That's because supporters …
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / New York Times:
Islam's Silent Moderates  —  The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with 100 stripes: Let no compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day.  (Koran 24:2)  —  IN the last few weeks …
Tom Tancredo / MiamiHerald.com:
Why I won't do Spanish debate  —  I declined the invitation to participate in the Spanish-language Republican presidential debate on Sunday because I do not want to endorse the further Balkanization of American political life.  —  The debate is being sponsored by Univisión …
NY Daily News:
Judith Nathan got security earlier  —  Judith Nathan got taxpayer-funded chauffeur services from the NYPD earlier than previously disclosed - even before her affair with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani was revealed, witnesses and sources tell the Daily News.  —  "It went on for months before the affair …
Club For Growth dot net:
ClubforGrowth.Net Releases Huckabee Ad Nationwide  —  Washington - Club for Growth.Net will begin running ads on Monday nationwide, urging taxpayers to Call Mike Huckabee and challenge him on his tax policy.  —  To emphasize Mike Huckabee's eager support for tax increases …
Daily Mail:
Imam's daughter in hiding after her conversion to Christianity sparked death threats  —  The daughter of a British imam is living under police protection after receiving death threats from her father for converting to Christianity.  —  The 31-year-old, whose father is the leader of a mosque in Lancashire …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
The Washington Post / The Trail:
For Some, Negative Turn is a Turn-Off  —  DES MOINES — Once, Garry Thomas counted himself a Hillary Clinton supporter — even signing up to be one of her 25 co-chairs in Iowa alongside with former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack.  —  But Thomas now says he felt obliged to switch sides in recent weeks.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
NBC STRIKES AGAIN  —  This past summer we wrote here and here about the refusal of CNBC and MSNBC to run ads submitted by Freedom's Watch supporting the war.  Now Freedom's Watch has submitted ads thanking the troops for airing by NBC et al. again, and they have declined because the ads mention Freedom Watch's Web site.
 
 
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Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Progressive blog readers = 'devil worshippers.'
Reuters:
Official in Blackwater probe quits
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Crooks and Liars
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Krongard to Bush: Thanks, Homie
Discussion: The Newshoggers
William Cole / USA Today:
Five survivors keep history alive at Pearl Harbor
Seton Motley / NewsBusters.org:
Another Hillary Plant Sneaks In Under the MSM Radar
Discussion: Associated Press
Gateway Pundit:
Miss Utah Jill Stevens Awarded Combat Medic Badge
Discussion: Washington Times and DBKP
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants six new cases
Discussion: ACSBlog and JURIST
 Earlier Items: 
valleynewstoday.com:
Edwards has clear vision for America
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Betty Friedan and the Ruined Football Party
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox Popoli
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Islamic Like Me: Why Don't You Just Take It Off?
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Huckabee Second in National GOP Race
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
Bush loses ground with military families
Washington Post:
Senate Waives Pledge, Approves Tax Bill