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11:55 AM ET, December 7, 2007


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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," …
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.
Washington Post:
No Freedom Without Religion?
Discussion: National Review and The Corner
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CIA Channels Rose Mary Woods  —  The CIA finds itself under fire today after the New York Times forced Director Mike Hayden to admit that the agency destroyed two videotapes in 2005 showing terrorists undergoing waterboarding.  The agency had previously denied any such tapes existed to all but a handful in Congress.
Michelle Malkin:
The CIA's destroyed interrogation videos, what the Dems knew, and when  —  It's the top news at Memeorandum this morning.  The New York Times reported yesterday: … The newspaper expresses its explicit hope that its scoop on the tapes will "reignite the debate over the use …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations  —  The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Qaeda operatives in the agency's custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about its secret detention program …
Washington Post:
CIA Destroyed Videos Showing Interrogations  —  The CIA made videotapes in 2002 of its officers administering harsh interrogation techniques to two al-Qaeda suspects but destroyed the tapes three years later, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said yesterday.  —  Captured on tape were interrogations …
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed
Discussion: Salon and Buck Naked Politics
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Lawmakers Back Limits on Interrogation Tactics
Discussion: Salon and Guardian
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Wapshott / New York Sun:
Sliding Poll Numbers Force Giuliani To Retool His Campaign
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 …
Washington Post:
Senate Waives Pledge, Approves Tax Bill  —  Eleven months after adopting stringent new rules aimed at reining in the federal deficit, the Senate last night shrugged off its pledge of fiscal rectitude and overwhelmingly approved a measure to spare millions of families from the growing reach …
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Democrats Suddenly Change Mind, Pass AMT Patch
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Senate passes AMT patch
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.
Tom Tancredo /
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 …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Huckabee Second in National GOP Race  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Huckabee has vaulted from nowhere into second place in the Republican presidential race, riding a burst of support from evangelicals, Southerners and conservatives, a poll showed Friday.  —  The upsurge by the former Arkansas governor …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
ABC Nabs Latest Media Player From Bush Team, Matthew Dowd  —  Matthew Dowd started out as a Democratic operative, then helped engineer George W. Bush's winning White House campaigns before growing disenchanted and publicly breaking with the president.  Now he's reinventing himself once again.
Discussion: Romenesko
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The Clinton resisters  —  There are women who for varying reasons …
Joseph C. Wilson / The Huffington Post:
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Scott Brooks / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Thousands expected for Oprah and Obama
Discussion: NY Daily News and Obama HQ
Washington Post:
U.S. Plans to Form Job Corps For Iraqi Security Volunteers
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Those Who Avoided Risk Call Plan A Raw Deal
Discussion: Hot Air
Pomeroy Discusses Visit to Iraq
Discussion: Redstate and Don Surber
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Pearl Harbor lives in the hearts of its vets
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Glenn Reynolds /
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Nick Robertson / The Hill:
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