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1:35 AM ET, December 9, 2007


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Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Scapegoat  —  Leviticus chapter 16 describes a practice among the ancient Jews in which, in connection with the observation of the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, a goat is driven off.  In the English words of the King James Bible, verse 22 reads: … The Hebrew word is azazel () …
New York Times:
Inquiry Begins Into Tapes' Destruction  —  The Justice Department and the Central Intelligence Agency's internal watchdog on Saturday began a joint preliminary inquiry into the spy agency's destruction of hundreds of hours of videotapes showing interrogations of top operatives of Al Qaeda.
Justice, CIA to probe destruction of taped interrogations
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
The Corner:
Re: Huck AIDS Statement  —  The Huckabee statement Byron posts below is exceedingly disingenuous.  By 1992 it was well understood that AIDS could not be transmitted by casual contact.  Citing concerns about breast milk or exposure from health care workers in a medical context are not particularly relevant.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Huckabee wanted to isolate AIDS patients
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huckabee '92: Isolate AIDS patients; Update: Huck issues statement
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?
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
NBC Decides to Run Conservative-Group Ad  —  WASHINGTON — NBC reversed course Saturday and decided to air a conservative group's television ad thanking U.S. troops.  —  The ad, by the group Freedom's Watch, asks viewers to remember the troops during the holiday season.
NBC Lawyer who nixed troop ad gives generously to Congressional Democrats  —  According to a Fox News report, Richard Cotton, the general counsel for NBC/Universal, was one of two network officials who decided not to sell ad time to Freedom's Watch, which describes itself as …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Tom Tancredo boycotts Univision/Spanish Debate: Attacks their entire viewership  —  Tancredo has a little problem speaking English himself, but that's beside the point.  The racist platform upon which his campaign is built is very saddening to witness.  Watch his reasoning for boycotting the Univision debate.
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.
The Politico:
The 'O' Show sweeps Iowa  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Iowans turned out by the thousands Saturday to watch the "O" Show: Oprah Winfrey stepping into presidential politics for the first time, hailing Sen. Barack Obama as a "rare thing."  —  Winfrey bounded on the stage like she does her 22-year-old talk show …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
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
Discussion: Hot Air, The Corner and PrairiePundit
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Michigan Republican Primary  —  Michigan: Huckabee 21% Romney 20% Giuliani 19%  —  Mike Huckabee's surging campaign has created a three-way toss-up in Michigan's Republican Primary.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Huckabee earning 21% of the vote.
Discussion: Political Machine and BizzyBlog
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.
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
The CIA tapes continued...  What is incredibly fascinating about the destroyed tapes discussion being had is the the number of angles people are approaching it from.  I was almost entirely focused on the question of orders, who gave them, and who delegated them.  (See here).
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Trucks Power China's Economy, at a Suffocating Cost
Discussion: Cold Fury and TigerHawk
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Spies Like You and Me  —  Let the witch hunt begin.
Discussion: Lonewacko
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Anonymous anti-Huckabee fliers distributed in South Carolina
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Huckabee Immigration Plan Emphasizes Security
Discussion: Lonewacko
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Straight shooter, wacky tax idea
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Will veto 'budget-busting' bill
Discussion: The Politico
Ruth / cab drollery:
Impeachment Called For ... Again and Again
Discussion: The Sideshow
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Clinton Proudly Talks of Scars While Keeping Her Guard Up
Discussion: The Swamp
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Discussion: The Reaction
Gateway Pundit:
MNF-I Responds— ANOTHER BOGUS REPORT!... No Evidence of Dwelah Massacre!
The Corner:
Bush Boom Continues
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Refuting, or Feeding, the Rumor Mill?
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Krauthammer On Fox  —  It's refreshing, actually.

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Wall Street Journal:
The FTC bans noncompete clauses that restrict job switching, the first time in 50+ years that the FTC has issued a regulation mandating an economy-wide change

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

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