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7:15 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huckabee '92: Isolate AIDS patients; Update: Huck issues statement
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
Huck for AIDS Quarantine in 1992
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.
David Johnston / New York Times:
Destruction of Tapes Could Alter Prosecutions  —  The destruction of hundreds of hours of videotapes showing interrogations of top operatives of Al Qaeda, including Abu Zubaydah, could complicate the prosecution of Mr. Zubaydah and others, and it underscores the deep uncertainties …
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  —  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 …
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  —  Congress has been entangled in a war-funding debate that pits war "supporters" against antiwar "defeatists."  With all sides seemingly entrenched, a stalemate looms.  The Pentagon, meanwhile, will soon begin stripping money from its training budget to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: The Corner, Hot Air and PrairiePundit
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
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  —  GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - As Mike Huckabee surges in the polls, his Republican rivals are beginning to take aim at his record as governor of Arkansas.  But in conservative Iowa and South Carolina …
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Detainee Says He Was Tortured in C.I.A. Prison  —  The first of the so-called high value Guantánamo detainees to have seen a lawyer claims he was subjected to "state-sanctioned torture" while in secret C.I.A. prisons, and he has asked for a court order barring the government from destroying evidence of his treatment.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Oprah says she knows she's not selling books  —  DES MOINES - Oprah Winfrey said this afternoon that she realizes even she can't just recommend a man for president the way she has with books to make them instant best-sellers.  —  "I am not here to tell you what to think.  I am here to ask you to think," she said.
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Huckabee Immigration Plan Emphasizes Security
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Straight shooter, wacky tax idea
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Impeachment Called For ... Again and Again
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Bush Boom Continues
Matthew Yglesias / Los Angeles Times:
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Let's have a free market for housing and religion
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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
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Megan Specia / New York Times:
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