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4:35 PM ET, December 8, 2007


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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 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 Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Was Urged to Keep Interrogation Videotapes
Massimo Calabresi / Time:   CIA Tapes Furor: A Legacy of Mistrust
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."
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
Huck for AIDS Quarantine in 1992  —  The AP is running a story about a candidate survey completed by Mike Huckabee in 1992, when he was ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Dale Bumpers.  According to the story, Huckabee wrote the following in response to a question about AIDS policy:
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Iran drops dollar from oil deals: report  —  TEHRAN (AFP) — Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars, Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday, labelling the greenback an "unreliable" currency.
Robin Stringer / Bloomberg:
Iran Stops Using Dollar for Oil Transactions, ISNA Says
Discussion: Emptywheel
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Racist is as racist quotes  —  Jim Henley has his say on my present legal woes: … Etc.  The words that so offend him are, indeed "frank bigotry".  However, if you read my racist diatribe, you'll see the bigotry is not mine but Mullah Krekar's: … Hello, Mr Henley?  Anybody home in there?
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Pajamas Media:
Libel Tourism, coming soon to a town near you
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.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Another Surge Convert  —  In today's Washington Post, Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom, has coauthored an op-ed with...wait for it...Major General John Batiste.  —  Batiste, you will remember, is the formerly "antiwar" general who spoke out against Donald Rumsfeld …
Washington Post:
Getting Beyond Stalemate to Win a War
The Atlantic Online:
A Race Nobody Can Win  —  So the latest polls have Mike Huckabee up an implausible nineteen points in Iowa and four points nationally.  But he can't win, right?  I mean, he's vulnerable on practically every non-social issue, he has a variety of skeletons in his closet …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Carter Appointee Plays The Ultimate In Race Cards On Obama  —  Update: Bill joins Hillary in Iowa today as the campaign changes its focus to women.  How fitting is that? heh!  —  Perhaps you remember former Atlanta Mayor and Carter Ambassador Andrew Young, he's taken to the stump for Hillary.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
ANN COULTER, VOTER FRAUD FELON, GETS AWAY WITH IT  —  Two Years After Initial Slam-Dunk Allegations First Documented, Reported, Florida Election Commission Decides Two Year Statute of Limitations on Case Has Run Out  —  Another Republican Vote Fraudster Skates in the Sunshine State...
Discussion: The Reaction
Ruth / cab drollery:
Impeachment Called For ... Again and Again  —  Impeach.  —  When a takeover of our highest offices by war criminals happens, as it has in the past 7+ years, when does action start?  —  It was lovely to listen to the reading of Sen. Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Washington Post:
Hill Close To Deal on War Funds  —  Plan Includes Boost In Domestic Spending  —  House Democratic leaders could complete work as soon as Monday on a half-trillion-dollar spending package that will include billions of dollars for the war effort in Iraq without the timelines for the withdrawal …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
All In  —  Fred Thompson moves to Iowa.  —  Des Moines, Iowa  —  FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR Fred Thompson has decided to take his campaign and virtually all of its resources to Iowa in an all-or-nothing attempt to register a strong showing in the caucuses here on January 3.
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Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Straight shooter, wacky tax idea
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Will veto 'budget-busting' bill
Discussion: The Politico
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Romney's speech, wife lauded
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Clinton Talks of Scars While Keeping Her Guard Up
A sea change in US energy policy
Discussion: QandO and NYT
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The Grandparents Vote: 70 Million Lovers of Children
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Lone Democrat drops out of race for LaHood's seat
Gateway Pundit:
MNF-I Responds— ANOTHER BOGUS REPORT!... No Evidence of Dwelah Massacre!
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
Bush Boom Continues
Matthew Yglesias / Los Angeles Times:
Beyond preemption  —  Democrats can't just criticize Bush's …
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Let's have a free market for housing and religion
Fragile success for US Iraq surge
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy ducks questions on Judi's car use
Opinion Journal:
Iran Curveball  —  This latest intelligence fiasco is Mr. Bush's fault.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Says Iran Remains a Threat

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