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9:35 AM ET, December 9, 2007


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Washington Post:
Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002  —  Intelligence Panels' Chiefs Did Not Then Protest CIA Technique  —  In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody.
Lambert / Corrente:
We are Democrats.  They are enablers.  —  Well, I guess now I know why impeachment was "off the table."  Anybody for Barney Frank as the new speaker?  Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen in WaPo: … Yeah, the Village is a big sack of pus just waiting to be lanced.  Unfortunately, some of that pus is blue.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and The Sideshow
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 …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Oprah says she knows she's not selling books
Lester Pimentel / Bloomberg:
Iraq Bonds Rally on U.S. Troop Surge, Oil Earnings  —  Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Holders of Iraqi bonds are giving President George W. Bush a vote of confidence.  —  The country's $2.7 billion of 5.8 percent bonds due in 2028 returned 15.2 percent since July, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. index data.
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Oil-Rich Nations Use More Energy, Cutting Exports  —  The economies of many big oil-exporting countries are growing so fast that their need for energy within their borders is crimping how much they can sell abroad, adding new strains to the global oil market.
Discussion: PoliGazette
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.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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: PoliGazette and Political Machine
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?
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Like Father, Like Son  —  How the Romneys Tackled the Faith Question  —  Forty-two years ago, when he was preparing to run for president, George Romney, the Republican governor of Michigan, told reporter Wallace Turner of the New York Times, "I am completely the product of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Errin Haines / Associated Press:
Civil Rights Icon Calls Obama Too Young  —  ATLANTA (AP) - Civil rights icon Andrew Young says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is too young and lacks the support network to ascend to the White House.  —  In a media interview posted online, Young also quipped …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Republicans Find Their Obama  —  COULD 2008 actually end up being a showdown between the author of "The Audacity of Hope" and the new Man from Hope, Ark.?  —  It sounds preposterous, but Washington's shock over Mike Huckabee's sudden rise in the polls — he "came from nowhere," Robert Novak huffed last week — makes you wonder.
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.
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.
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.
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Times of London:
The book they used to burn now fires new revolution of faith in China
Discussion: Vox Popoli
The Corner:
Re: Huck AIDS Statement
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Spies Like You and Me  —  Let the witch hunt begin.
Discussion: Lonewacko
 Earlier Items: 
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
The CIA tapes continued...
New York Times:
Inquiry Begins Into Destruction of Tapes
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Talks Day #8: Moguls Walk From Talks After Issuing An Ultimatum …