Tuesday's Top 10 Political Blogs

TheStreet.com's political correspondent rounds up the hottest topics and posts from the blogosphere.
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The National Intelligence Estimate has started off a wildfire in the blogosphere. The report, released Monday, shows that Iran stopped development of a nuclear weapon in 2003. If Iran discontinued interest in nuclear arms in 2003 and the Bush administration knew this for a year, then why has the administration been so aggressively targeting Iran? The implications are mind-boggling.

John Cole laughs at conservative pundits' spin on the news. He finds two particularly silly but not unexpected explanations of the National Intelligence Estimate.

Captain Ed tries to downplay conspiracy on the release of the National Intelligence Estimate. The information was discovered in the last week. Really?

Glen Greenwald blogs on the smear job of Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, by so-called serious foreign policy geniuses. ElBaradei got it right in 2002 about Iraq and now in Iran. This is vindication.

Juan Cole analyzes the report. He has great information on the source of the intelligence and an even better analysis of why Iran would have chosen not to continue work on a nuclear weapons program.

Republicans

Jonathan Martin reports on the deluge of robo-calling for Mike Huckabee in Iowa. The automated message used classic push-polling. The practice tries to push you to support a particular candidate by having the "pollster" highlight the negative aspects of one candidate and then ask for an opinion of another candidate. The Huckabee campaign claims it has never heard of the group behind the calls.

Jim Geraghty talked with Scott Rasmussen, head of the polling firm Rasmussen Report, about the Republican race. Everyone has taken note of Huckabee's sudden rise. I believe

my analysis of last week's debate will play out in a broader sense: Giuliani's strategy failed miserably.

Erick at redstate.com wonders whether Mitt Romney has to address the differences between Mormonism and Christianity in his upcoming speech. The differences do exist and are an issue.

Democrats

Steve Benen looks into the

New York Times

report that Hillary Clinton will be a drag on the Democratic ticket. The

Times

fails to find any Democrats to back up this view. Ahem, where is the beef?

Marc Ambinder finds that an anti-Clinton ad group hasn't actually bought any air time in Iowa. Did its press release hope to raise money for the effort?

Issues

Ezra Klein wonders why some people are so concerned about the government's right to decide what can be served to children at school. Congress merely wants to decide what can be sold, not what can be consumed. America does have a serious childhood obesity problem that needs addressing.

Digby discusses a topic of interest that could have an effect on our relations with our European friends. The U.S. thinks it's OK to kidnap any foreigner accused of a crime here, including white-collar crime. Wow.