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7:20 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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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?
Discussion: Liberal Values
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," …
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.
Lee Harris / TCS Daily:
How and Why Romney Bombed
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Speech: How is it playing in Iowa?
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 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 …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Emptywheel
whitehouse.senate.gov:
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:
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Frank James / The Swamp:   So a presidential candidate walks into a bar...
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 …
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.
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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."
Ezra Klein:
Obama v. Krugman  —  Something's really gone off the rails when the Obama campaign decides to release an oppo document on Paul Krugman.  It's not only the actual attacks that are weak (most of them rely on misinterpreting one comment, then misinterpreting the next, then pretending there's a contradiction) …
Discussion: Open Left
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ron Paul blimp ready to rock America back to the gold standard  —  I was going to say "rock the fiat money right out yo' pockets" but I figure the number of Paul donors among the HA readership is blessedly small.  —  Anyway, they did it. … To get it airborne cost them $200 grand …
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 …
David Burge / iowahawk:
IN MY OBJECTIVE OPINION  —  Iowahawk Guest Political Analysis  —  By Hugh Hewitt  —  In the annals of American history there are but a handful of defining, epochal speeches.  —  Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  —  Roosevelt's stirring Inaugural reassurance that "all we have to fear is fear Itself."
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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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Military families have little use for Bush, Iraq policy
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Electoral vote measure fails to make June ballot
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The Atlantic Online:
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Not According to Script  —  Hollywood gets shown up by pro-war …
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Gateway Pundit:
Miss Utah Jill Stevens Awarded Combat Medic Badge
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
NBC STRIKES AGAIN
valleynewstoday.com:
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Daily Mail:
Imam's daughter in hiding after her conversion to Christianity sparked death threats
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali / New York Times:
Islam's Silent Moderates