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9:55 AM ET, December 8, 2007


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Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Huckabee Surges, Obama Gains in Iowa  —  The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.  —  Yana Paskova / Getty Images  —  Looking Up: Huckabee now seems unstoppable in the Iowa caucuses
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Eunomia
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Campaign Internal Poll Finds Statistical Tie In Iowa
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards' Internal Poll Shows Three-Way Tie
Discussion: MyDD
The Atlantic Online:
Newsweek Poll A Gift To Mitt Romney?
Frank James / The Swamp:
So a presidential candidate walks into a bar...
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Harriet Miers Knew of Destruction of Interrogation Tapes  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl Reports on Newest Details in the Destruction of CIA Tapes  —  ABC News has learned that at least one White House official knew about the CIA's planned destruction of videotapes in 2005 that documented …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Reyes, Hoekstra Call Shenanigans On Hayden
David Frum:
A Question About Those Destroyed CIA Tapes
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 18% Believe Iran has Stopped Nuclear Weapons Development Program  —  Just 18% of American voters believe that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 66% disagree and say Iran has not stopped its nuclear weapons program.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Secretary 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  —  The leaders of France and Germany said Thursday that Iran remained a danger and that other nations needed to keep up the pressure over its nuclear program despite a United States intelligence report's conclusion that Tehran was no longer building a bomb.
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and
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 …
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.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Site of Barack-Oprah event isn't unionized  —  MANCHESTER - Barack Obama's presidential campaign deeply concerned organized labor by booking its big rally Sunday with superstar Oprah Winfrey at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  —  A union representing organized stage hands have been trying unsuccessfully …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Not Feeling the Oprah Love
Discussion: Don Surber
John Borland / Wired News:
Former 'No Nukes' Protester: Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power  —  The only way to rescue our plug-hungry planet from catastrophic global warming is to embrace nuclear power, and fast.  —  That's the argument of Gwyneth Cravens, a novelist, journalist and former nuke protester.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
Penn Endorses Kucinich For President In SF  —  Sr. Advisor Confirms Endorsement To NBC11  —  Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn endorsed Dennis Kucinich for president in San Francisco Friday.  —  Penn made what had been billed as a "major political statement" at San Francisco State University.
Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Progressive blog readers = 'devil worshippers.'  —  On Fox News yesterday, Bill O'Reilly let loose on "far-left websites" like DailyKos, stating, "If you read these far-left websites, you're a devil worshipper.  You are."  O'Reilly's ombudsman responded, "As a journalist, you know better than that."
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jim McCrery to announce retirement  —  Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, is planning to retire, according to GOP insiders.  —  The 58-year-old McCrery was first elected to the House in 1986, and he would have taken over the powerful Ways …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Pamela Bone / The Australian:
Why we stay mute on Islamic sex apartheid  —  US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton last week urged President George W. Bush to call on King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to drop all charges against a 19-year-old Saudi woman who had been gang-raped at knifepoint …
Discussion: DBKP and The Belmont Club
The Corner:   Feminist fatalist  —  Pamela Bone to Germaine Greer in Melbourne last week:
Deacon / Power Line:
MIKE HUCKABEE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL FOREIGN POLICY  —  Earlier this week, I compared Mike Huckabee's stated approach to foreign policy to that of Jimmy Carter.  The more I learn about Huckabee, the more I think I may have been unfair to Carter (Carter the president, that is; not the Carter of today).
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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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
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner not campaigning with home-state candidate before key special election
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Northern Lights, the Intercision
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Military families have little use for Bush, Iraq policy
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Steynophobia: The Logical Extension of Libel Tourism
Ezra Klein:
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