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7:50 PM ET, December 10, 2007


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CNN Political Ticker:
Gore: I'd only consider White House bid  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Vice President Al Gore denied again that there were any campaign plans in his immediate future, but told CNN Monday that he hadn't "ruled out getting back into the political process at some point" — and that if he did return …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Libby drops appeal in CIA leak case  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is no longer appealing his conviction in the CIA leak case, a tacit recognition that continuing his legal fight might only make things worse.  —  Libby, the former chief of staff …
Fabiola Antezana / ABCNEWS:
Did Iceland Teen Call Secret White House Phone?  —  Icelandic Boy, 16, 'Wanted to ... Have a Chat, Invite Him to Iceland and See What He'd Say'  —  When Vífill Atlason, a 16-year-old high school student from Iceland, decided to call the White House, he could not imagine the kind of publicity it would bring.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Report Describes Systematic White House Effort to Manipulate Climate Change Science  —  For the past 16 months, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating allegations of political interference with government climate change science under the Bush Administration.
Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR  —  KBR Told Victim She Could Lose Her Job If She Sought Help After Being Raped, She Says  —  A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
The Perfect Victim Meets the Perfect Villains  —  I know I'm going to take a lot of heat for this, but this story just sound so.... well.... er ... far-fetched.  —  Not the rape part—rape happens all the time (gang rapes, not so much, but occasionally).  Not the cover up part—cover ups happen all the time.
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Tension in Hillaryland Grows as Plan Goes Awry: Albert R. Hunt  —  Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — To appreciate Hillary Clinton's fundamental political problem, consider the 11 Democrats from Philadelphia who gathered last week to discuss the U.S. presidential race, almost all of whom would vote for her in a general election.
Huckabee Hides His Full Gospel?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: Is Mike Huckabee the presidential candidate shunning Mike Huckabee the preacher?  Before entering politics, he was a pastor at two Baptist churches.  Now his campaign tells Mother Jones it won't make his sermons available to the media and the public.
John Bentley / CBS News:
Thompson vs. Huckabee
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Huckabee's Other Pardons  —  Last week I predicted at the end …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
New NYTimes/CBS Poll: Explain, Don't Attack  —  The latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds voters give the presidential candidates positive marks on at least one score at this stage in their campaigns: They credit them with spending more time explaining what they would do as president rather than attacking their opponents.
CNN Political Ticker:
Poll: Huckabee challenges Giuliani's front-runner status  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) — Mike Huckabee's dramatic jump in the polls is going nationwide.  The former Arkansas governor is in a virtual tie with Republican presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliani in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll out Monday.
M.J. Rosenberg / The Coffee House:
Rudy Self-Destructs on Russert  —  I have been watching Meet The Press since, I don't know, Estes Kefauver days and, I'm sad to say, Rudy Giuliani provided the worst performance I've ever seen by a major Presidential candidate.  —  Okay, I am not sad to say.  I am delighted.
Ben Craw / Talking Points Memo:
RUDY GIGGLIANI!  —  Ask and ye shall receive...  Late Update: The Rudy Giggle: the next Hillary Cackle?
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Coming in From the Cold: CIA Spy Calls Waterboarding Necessary But Torture  —  Former Agent Says the Enhanced Technique Was Used on Al Qaeda Chief Abu Zubaydah  —  A leader of the CIA team that captured and interrogated the first major al Qaeda figure, Abu Zubaydah, says subjecting him to waterboarding was torture but necessary.
Michael Fechter / Articles by the Investigative …:
EXCLUSIVE IPT INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS HLF JURY ROOM BULLYING  —  DALLAS - She felt the men were guilty and tried to explain why to the 11 other jurors.  When she finished, one juror spoke up in an angry tone.  —  "If you're going by the evidence in this room," she recalls him snapping, "then you need to go home."
Chris Dodd / The Huffington Post:
Mike McConnell Is Flat Wrong  —  Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, has written a misleading op-ed in today's New York Times.  Mr. McConnell's piece is a plea for Congress to renew the Protect America Act.  I and other Democrats in Congress have been working to correct problems …
Discussion: The Reaction and DownWithTyranny!
Source: One gunman responsible for Colorado shootings  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) — The shooter at both a missionary center and a church Sunday in Colorado was a man who once worked on a mission with the center, a source familiar with the events said Monday.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP launches first attack invoking Hillary  —  The Republican Party has launched its first use of unflattering images of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to motivate voters in two congressional special elections this week, marking the beginning of what could be a year-long barrage of ads …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
ACTION ALERT: FEC about to take a swipe at liberal online fundraising  —  Most of us let you know donate to your favorite candidates through a service called ActBlue.  ActBlue itself doesn't take sides with regards to which candidate money will be raised for.
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
Libby Files Motion to Dismiss Appeal  —  Former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby this morning gave up the appeal of his perjury and obstruction convictions in connection with the CIA leak case, his attorney said.  —  Libby, whose 30-month prison sentence was commuted …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
What Really Bothers Me About Obama (Updated)  —  Barack Obama is simultaneously the best and worst Democratic candidate for new progressive media and new progressive institutions.  Where his campaign is good, it is very good in this area, especially around media policy and earning support from users of new media.
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