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5:25 PM ET, December 8, 2007


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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."
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 …
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:
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
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?
Pajamas Media:
Libel Tourism, coming soon to a town near you  —  Last summer, Cambridge University Press announced that it would pulp all unsold copies of its 2006 book Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World by Robert O. Collins, a professor emeritus of history at the University of California …
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 …
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Anonymous anti-Huckabee fliers distributed in South Carolina
Discussion: The New Republic
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
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
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.
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 Rep. Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney …
Discussion: The Sideshow
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
NBC Rejects Ad From Conservative Group
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Talks Day #8: Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum …
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Huckabee Immigration Plan Emphasizes Security
Discussion: Lonewacko
Dan / Pruning Shears:
Do Away With the State Secrets Privilege
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Straight shooter, wacky tax idea
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Will veto 'budget-busting' bill
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Clinton Talks of Scars While Keeping Her Guard Up
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Carter Appointee Plays The Ultimate In Race Cards On Obama
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.