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11:50 AM ET, December 11, 2007

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New York Times:
Destruction of C.I.A. Tapes Cleared by Lawyers  —  Lawyers within the clandestine branch of the Central Intelligence Agency gave written approval in advance to the destruction in 2005 of hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting interrogations of two lieutenants from Al Qaeda …
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Washington Post:
Waterboarding Recounted  —  Ex-CIA Officer Says It 'Probably Saved Lives' but Is Torture  —  A former CIA officer who participated in the capture and questioning of the first al-Qaeda terrorist suspect to be waterboarded said yesterday that the harsh technique provided an intelligence breakthrough that …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
This Will Ruin Ted Kennedy's Day  —  From The New York Times: … Me: Let's see.  Ted Kennedy said the tapes were destroyed in response to the Democratic victory in 2006 in order to cover administration tracks in a Watergate-like cover-up.  The tapes were actually destroyed in 2005 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll: Huckabee would lose to leading Dems by double digits  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — While presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is surging in new polls of GOP candidates, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Tuesday shows he would lose to all three leading Democratic candidates by double digits in hypothetical contests.
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Ron Claiborne / ABCNEWS:
Analysis: How McCain Could Still Win  —  Political Watchers Say John McCain May Be Down, but a Comeback Is Possible  —  A year ago, he was the odds-on favorite to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.  Today, he's considered a long shot.  —  His campaign has rebounded …
Discussion: The Hill and The Swamp
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Postwar Election
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Poll Finds G.O.P. Field Isn't Touching Voters
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Democrats Pull Budget Offer  —  The GOP Is Negotiating In Bad Faith, Obey Says  —  A Democratic deal to give President Bush some war funding in exchange for additional domestic spending appeared to collapse last night after House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.) …
Barry Hertz / network.nationalpost.com:
Teen girl in critical condition after alleged dispute over hijab  —  A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after being choked by a man believed to be her father, apparently after a dispute with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women.
The Politico:
Liberal views could haunt Obama  —  When Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was seeking state office a dozen years ago, he took unabashedly liberal positions: flatly opposed to capital punishment, in support of a federal single-payer health plan, against any restrictions on abortion …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:   Dropping Oppo  —  Circulating among Iowa labor circles …
CNN:
Colorado gunman scared co-workers 5 years ago, one says  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) — Matthew Murray was kicked out of a missionary training program five years ago for strange behavior, and talked about hearing voices, according to a man who served at the center with him.
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Thomas Hendrick / TheDenverChannel.com:
Security Guard: 'God Guided Me And Protected Me'
Washington Post:
Gunman Planned to Kill More, Officials Say
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Ex-Pentagon Aide Says U.S. Abandoned Quick Iraq Transition  —  A former top Pentagon official blamed the Bush administration's top official in Iraq for abandoning a plan for a quick transition to Iraqi leadership in the summer of 2003 and instead keeping the U.S. government in control of the country for more than a year.
Elizabeth Benjamin / New York Daily News Blogs:
GOP Senator To Depart  —  Just when you thought things between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno couldn't get any worse...  Multiple Republican sources say Sen. Jim Wright, a veteran GOP lawmaker who was first elected in 1992, is poised to announce his departure from the Senate …
Discussion: the albany project and Spin Cycle
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:   The bucks stop here  —  A typical bill moving through the Senate …
Wall Street Journal:
Group Says Iran Resumed Weapon Program  —  The Iranian opposition group that first exposed Iran's nuclear-fuel program said a U.S. intelligence analysis is correct that Tehran shut down its weaponization program in 2003, but claims that the program was relocated and restarted in 2004.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Labor Unions Support WGA, Fire Union Busting Consultant Chris Lehane  —  SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles — education workers who include teacher's aids, cafeteria workers and crossing guards — have fired former Clinton spokesman Chris Lehane from a consulting contract in support of the WGA .
Discussion: Group News Blog and Daily Kos
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Huckabee does a flip-flop on Cuba  —  The GOP candidate now supports a trade embargo against the island nation, a stance sure to satisfy hard-line Cuban exiles.  —  MIAMI — As governor of Arkansas five years ago, Mike Huckabee joined a bipartisan chorus of politicians who concluded …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Abolish the CIA  —  DESTROYING THE INTERROGATION TAPES AMOUNTS TO MUTINY AND TREASON.  —  It seems flabbergastingly improbable that President George W. Bush learned of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iranian nuclear ambitions only a few days before the rest of us did …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Wallace: Dems are 'fools' to boycott Fox  —  When Chris Wallace replaced Tony Snow as the host of "Fox News Sunday" in December 2003, the network appeared to take a more moderate approach to Sunday talk.  —  Unlike Snow, a former Republican speechwriter, Wallace's broadcasting résumé …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama, Under the Clinton Microscope  —  DES MOINES - Presidential campaigns have unlimited appetites for information about their rivals.  They track their whereabouts, they study their records and they obsessively follow nearly every movement.  By this point in the race, though …
 
 
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Pete Hegseth / Washington Times:
American troops are winning
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
www.breauxlott.com  —  Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) …
Discussion: Think Progress
Southern Political Report:
InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Weekend Survey: Obama Extends Lead …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Jersey Nears Repeal of Death Penalty
Tamara McLean / NEWS.com.au:
Tax babies 'to save planet'
Gateway Pundit:
Bomb Blasts in Algiers!... At Least 62 Are Dead!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What's Working In Iraq
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giuliani has advice for S.F. on dealing with the homeless
Discussion: The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Algeria bomb blasts 'kill 47'
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Say Recession Risk Is Climbing
Discussion: On Deadline
Basem Wasef / Popular Mechanics:
2008 Lamborghini Reventón: Video Test Drive
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
ABC's Sam Donaldson: Evangelicals Long For a 'Christian Theocracy'
Hadley Arkes / Claremont Institute:
A Very Claremont Christmas  —  There's nothing quite …
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
Sean Olender / San Francisco Chronicle:
MORTGAGE MELTDOWN  —  Interest rate 'freeze' - the real story is fraud
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
NRCC props up its pummeled Ohio candidate
ABCNEWS:
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