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4:05 PM ET, December 10, 2007


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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.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Libby to drop 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 …
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: First Draft
The threat has not diminished  —  The intelligence is misguided - the danger that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons is real.  What's missing is the policy to address it  —  The recent United States national intelligence estimate (NIE), which reports that Iran once had a "nuclear weapons programme" …
Discussion: ArmsControlWonk
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!
Mike McConnell / New York Times:
Help Me Spy on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
MoveOn calls for spending filibuster  —  Democratic congressional leaders could have a tough time convincing some anti-war Democrats to back a $522 billion year-end spending bill that includes money for the military, should that money be used for the war in Iraq.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Knows Well the Hazards of the Trail  —  P resident Bush has forsworn any more commentary on the election to succeed him, at least until the nominations are settled.  But he seems more than a little wistful as all these senators and governors travel the campaign trail without him.
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.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
Discussion: Cogitamus and Crooks and Liars
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court eases cocaine sentencing  —  The Supreme Court on Monday gave federal judges new authority to set sentences for crack cocaine crimes below the range of punishment set by federal guidelines — a major restoration of flexibility for trial judges in drug cases.
Michael J. Totten:
After the Battle of Al-Fajr  —  FALLUJAH, IRAQ - Fallujah is known as the City of Mosques.  It is also a city of walls, and of war.  —  It was a quieter city than most after the initial invasion in 2003.  There was less looting than in Baghdad, and the mayor was pro-American.
Eric Dondero / Front Page Magazine:
Cynthia McKinney '08  —  "The time for confrontation has come for me," Cynthia McKinney told about 60 supporters on December 4.  Launching her quest for the Green Party Presidential nomination, McKinney compared her "revolution" to Haiti, Venezuela, and war-torn Cote d'Ivoire.
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 …
Daily Mail:
Students stone police in Iran riot  —  Students defied a clampdown on protests in Iran yesterday by tearing down the gates of Tehran university.  —  They chanted slogans against President Ahmadinejad and carried placards saying "Live free or die", "No war, no fascism" and "Women must decide their fate, not the state."
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Dan Boniface / KUSA-TV:
New Life Church gunman identified
Kos / Daily Kos:
AK-Sen, AL: Republican incumbents in serious danger
Discussion: MyDD and TPM Election Central
Michelle Malkin:
The Spanish-language panderfest, sprinkled with Ron Paul's Blame …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
WaPo's David Ignatius: Bush's Iran Intel Lie Is A "Non-Story"
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Pelosi: I Knew Very Very Little About Waterboarding Detainees
Discussion: Emptywheel, Majikthise and Corrente
Martha Thomases / ComicMix:
Presidential candidate Ron Paul picks his super-hero favorite
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Feingold Wants Legal Determination of CIA Interrogation Program from Mukasey
The Corner:
Giuliani on Top  —  His polls may have dropped, but I think he's …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Matt Higgins / New York Times:
Flying Humans, Hoping to Land With No Chute
Discussion: The New Republic
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chavez Tried Rigging Referendum Vote
Robert Novak / Human Events:
Romney and Religion  —  In delivering his long anticipated …
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq calmer, but more divided
Morris D. Davis / Los Angeles Times:
AWOL military justice
Fabiola Antezana / ABCNEWS:
Did Iceland Teen Call Secret White House Phone?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Henry Paulson's Priorities
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Vigilantes kill 40 women in Iraq's south