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11:40 PM ET, December 7, 2007


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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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Sen. Whitehouse Reveals Secret DoJ Legal Memos: Bush Determines What Is Constitutional  —  This morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivered an impassioned floor speech to help frame the debate over FISA reform.  Using his privilege as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
In FISA Speech, Whitehouse Sharply Criticizes Bush Administration's Assertion of Executive Power  —  Washington  —  , D.C. - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate today:
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
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Eunomia
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Site of Barack-Oprah event isn't unionized  —  MANCHESTER - Barack Obama's presidential campaign deeply concerned organized labor by booking its big rally Sunday with superstar Oprah Winfrey at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  —  A union representing organized stage hands have been trying unsuccessfully …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Not Feeling the Oprah Love
Discussion: Don Surber
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Campaign Internal Poll Finds Statistical Tie In Iowa
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Edwards' Internal Poll Shows Three-Way Tie
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Democrats Call for Inquiry in Destruction of Tapes by C.I.A.  —  Angry Democratic lawmakers called for investigations today into the Central Intelligence Agency's destruction in 2005 of at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Qaeda operatives in the agency's custody.
Lee Harris / TCS Daily:
How and Why Romney Bombed  —  The Reuters headline said: "Mitt Romney Vows Mormon Church Will Not Run White House."  Unfortunately, this time Reuters got its story right.  In his long-awaited speech designed to win over conservative evangelicals, Romney actually did say something to this effect …
Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Progressive blog readers = 'devil worshippers.'  —  On Fox News yesterday, Bill O'Reilly let loose on "far-left websites" like DailyKos, stating, "If you read these far-left websites, you're a devil worshipper.  You are."  O'Reilly's ombudsman responded, "As a journalist, you know better than that."
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 …
Mesh / Harvard:
Iran NIE and a prediction  —  From Stephen Peter Rosen  —  For the most part, the arguments about the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran have been and will be a debate, not about intelligence, but about Bush foreign policy.  But the NIE also provides an opportunity to assess …
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis 2007:
The Senate and the Iran NIE
Discussion: Jerusalem Post, Hot Air and Macsmind
Penn Endorses Kucinich For President In SF  —  Sr. Advisor Confirms Endorsement To NBC11  —  Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn endorsed Dennis Kucinich for president in San Francisco Friday.  —  Penn made what had been billed as a "major political statement" at San Francisco State University.
Pamela Bone / The Australian:
Why we stay mute on Islamic sex apartheid  —  US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton last week urged President George W. Bush to call on King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to drop all charges against a 19-year-old Saudi woman who had been gang-raped at knifepoint …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
The Corner:   Feminist fatalist  —  Pamela Bone to Germaine Greer in Melbourne last week:
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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Steynophobia: The Logical Extension of Libel Tourism  —  John and Jonah are exactly right about how important it is to defend Mark vigorously, and I'd add that Stanley could not be more right on the close connection between the calculated attacks on Mark and the wave of "libel tourism" …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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New Hampshire Union Leader:
Push poll probe in NH continues
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Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Is Controlled By Fundies, "Idiots"
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Not According to Script  —  Hollywood gets shown up by pro-war …
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Another Hillary Plant Sneaks In Under the MSM Radar
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Miss Utah Jill Stevens Awarded Combat Medic Badge
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The Corner:
Steynophobia  —  Late yesterday I stumbled across an article about a …