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3:16 AM ET, December 9, 2007


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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: and Daily Pundit
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Anonymous anti-Huckabee fliers distributed in South Carolina
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Huckabee Immigration Plan Emphasizes Security
Discussion: Lonewacko
Justice, CIA to probe destruction of taped interrogations  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Justice Department and the CIA will jointly investigate the destruction of videotapes of CIA interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects, a top official said.  —  The Justice Department's assistant attorney general …
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Where is Jose Rodriguez?  Apparently in business with the brother of top Democrat on Intel Panel  —  I tend to agree with my colleague Scott Horton that Jose Rodriguez Jr., the former head of the CIA's clandestine service, is being made the scapegoat for the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of two Al Qaeda members.
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 () …
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 …
Discussion: and Power Line
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?
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 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.
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
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.
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 and The Corner
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
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Like Subprime Mortgages, Some Construction Loans Are Delinquent  —  BANKS across the United States, particularly the smaller ones, have become dependent on construction lending just as that area of the economy is weakening and the number of bad loans is growing.
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Times of London:
The book they used to burn now fires new revolution of faith in China
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Trucks Power China's Economy, at a Suffocating Cost
Discussion: TigerHawk and Cold Fury
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Spies Like You and Me  —  Let the witch hunt begin.
Discussion: Lonewacko
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
The CIA tapes continued...
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Talks Day #8: Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum …
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Straight shooter, wacky tax idea
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Will veto 'budget-busting' bill
Discussion: The Politico
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Ruth / cab drollery:
Impeachment Called For ... Again and Again
Discussion: The Sideshow
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Clinton Proudly Talks of Scars While Keeping Her Guard Up
Discussion: The Swamp
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Agence France Presse:
Iran drops dollar from oil deals: report
Gateway Pundit:
MNF-I Responds— ANOTHER BOGUS REPORT!... No Evidence of Dwelah Massacre!
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Refuting, or Feeding, the Rumor Mill?
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Krauthammer On Fox  —  It's refreshing, actually.