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1:20 PM ET, December 8, 2007


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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:
Tape Destruction Decision Compartmentalized  —  The decision to destroy the tapes of interrogations that included waterboarding two al-Qaeda terrorists came from the director of the clandestine services of the CIA and in opposition to requests from both Congress and the White House.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHAT THE TAPES WOULD HAVE SHOWN....Yesterday we learned that in 2005, despite earlier warnings from Congress, the White House, and the Justice Department, the CIA destroyed two videotaped interrogations of al-Qaeda operatives who had been captured shortly after 9/11.  Why?
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee wanted to isolate AIDS patients  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could "pose a dangerous public health risk."
Discussion: The Corner and Liberal Values
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Huckabee called homosexuality 'sinful'  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, surging in Iowa polls in the Republican presidential race, wrote on a questionnaire while running for U.S. Senate in 1992 that homosexuality is "aberrant" and "sinful."  —  "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
All In  —  Fred Thompson moves to Iowa.  —  Des Moines, Iowa
Deacon / Power Line:
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TBogg
Washington Post:
Clinton Team Turns Iowa Focus to Women  —  DES MOINES — Seeking to steady her campaign in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a wave of prominent women to blanket the state and target female voters in the final weeks before its first-in-the-nation caucuses.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Calls Iran a Threat to Regional Security  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates declared today that Iran is a grave threat to regional security, even without nuclear weapons, and called on Tehran to account for the full range of intelligence describing its support for terrorism and instability around the world.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Despite Report, France and Germany Keep Pressure on Iran
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Refuting, or Feeding, the Rumor Mill?  —  Stories about rumors are tricky and easily misconstrued.  A Nov. 29 story and headline that explored Barack Obama's "connections to the Muslim world" and rumors that he is Muslim were met with a swift Internet reaction that left some staffers stunned at its ferocity.
Discussion: Horses Mouth and The Sideshow
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy ducks questions on Judi's car use  —  Rudy Giuliani tried to ride out new questions Friday over taxpayer-funded chauffeur services that witnesses and sources said were provided to Judith Nathan before her affair to the former mayor was revealed in 2000.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Krauthammer On Fox  —  It's refreshing, actually.  I just listened to Charles say that the torture of terror suspects in 2002 was justified because the United States was flying blind and had no knowledge of what al Qaeda was planning.  He won't say "torture", of course, although the law is clear that it is torture.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Let's have a free market for housing and religion  —  Last week the Bush administration decided to "freeze" for five years the interest rates of certain types of mortgages.  You've probably caught the tail end of news stories about "subprime" home loans, lots of foreclosures, etc.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Fragile success for US Iraq surge  —  BBC correspondent Mark Urban has just returned from a second spell embedded with US soldiers on tour in Iraq to assess Washington's claims of an improving security situation.  —  For the American soldiers patrolling Baghdad's southern suburb of Dora these are days of trial by tea.
Opinion Journal:
Iran Curveball  —  This latest intelligence fiasco is Mr. Bush's fault.  —  President Bush has been scrambling to rescue his Iran policy after this week's intelligence switcheroo, but the fact that the White House has had to spin so furiously is a sign of how badly it has bungled this episode.
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The Corner:
Bush Boom Continues
Matthew Yglesias / Los Angeles Times:
Beyond preemption  —  Democrats can't just criticize Bush's …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: The Corner
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Fred Thompson's Campaign Manager, Bill Lacy
Discussion: PoliGazette
Thomas Vinciguerra / New York Times:
A Bundle of Joy Isn't Enough?
John Borland / Wired News:
Former 'No Nukes' Protester: Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jim McCrery to announce retirement
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 18% Believe Iran has Stopped Nuclear Weapons Development Program
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Campaign Internal Poll Finds Statistical Tie In Iowa
Penn Endorses Kucinich For President In SF
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner not campaigning with home-state candidate before key special election