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3:22 AM ET, December 8, 2007


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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
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
The Atlantic Online:
Newsweek Poll A Gift To Mitt Romney?
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 …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Was Urged to Keep Interrogation Videotapes  —  White House and Justice Department officials, along with senior members of Congress, advised the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 against a plan to destroy hundreds of hours of videotapes showing the interrogations of two operatives of Al Qaeda, government officials said Friday.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Reyes, Hoekstra Call Shenanigans On Hayden
Mike Allen / The Politico:
House rejects CIA tape-destruction claim
Discussion: The Caucus, TPMmuckraker and The Lede
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 …
John Borland / Wired News:
Former 'No Nukes' Protester: Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power  —  The only way to rescue our plug-hungry planet from catastrophic global warming is to embrace nuclear power, and fast.  —  That's the argument of Gwyneth Cravens, a novelist, journalist and former nuke protester.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 18% Believe Iran has Stopped Nuclear Weapons Development Program  —  Just 18% of American voters believe that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 66% disagree and say Iran has not stopped its nuclear weapons program.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:   Supreme Court to Review Courts' Wartime Reach
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."
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
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.
Discussion: The Corner
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Discussion: TownHall Blog
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jim McCrery to announce retirement
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Dorothy roll-out  —  I've covered Hillary for six years …
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Push poll probe in NH continues
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner not campaigning with home-state candidate before key special election
Maria / Crooked Timber:
Northern Lights, the Intercision
Discussion: Eunomia
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Discussion: QandO
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Discussion: MyDD, Taylor Marsh and Open Left
Official in Blackwater probe quits
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Is Controlled By Fundies, "Idiots"
Discussion: The American Scene and MyDD
Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
Not According to Script  —  Hollywood gets shown up by pro-war …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Gateway Pundit:
Miss Utah Jill Stevens Awarded Combat Medic Badge
Discussion: Washington Times