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Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 3

Man had been
drinking before
taking hostages
The man accused of taking hos-
tages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton
campaign office had been drink-
ing heavily before the standoff and
talked about his problems getting
medical care, according to family
interviews and a court document
released yesterday.
Leeland Eisenberg, 46, is accused
of walking into the Clinton office
on Friday with what appeared to be
explosives strapped to his body and
holding campaign workers hostage
for hours after demanding to speak
to Clinton about mental health
care, authorities said.
During an arraignment yester-
day afternoon, prosecutors asked
for a judge to set a cash bond of
$500,000. The prosecutor said
Eisenberg had a lengthy criminal
record, including a rape conviction,
and had escaped while serving a
10-year sentence for that crime and
committed rape again.
Report: Iranian
nuclear program
halted in 2003
A new U.S. intelligence report
concludes that Iran's nuclear weap-
ons development program has been
halted since the fall of 2003 because
of international pressure - a stark
contrast to the conclusions U.S. spy
agencies drew just two years ago.
The finding is part of a National
Intelligence Estimate on Iran that
also cautions that Tehran continues
to enrich uranium and still could
develop a bomb between 2010 and
2015 if it decided to do so.
The conclusion that Iran's weap-
ons program was still frozen,
through at least mid-2007, repre-
sents a sharp turnaround from the
previous intelligence assessment in
2005. Then, U.S. intelligence agen-
cies believed Tehran was deter-
mined to develop a nuclear weapons
capability and was continuing its
weapons development program. The
new report concludes that Iran's de-
cisions are rational and pragmatic,
and that Tehran is more susceptible
to diplomatic and financial pressure
than previously thought.
CARACAS, Venezuela
Chavez humbled
by failed unlimited
re-election bid
Humbled by his first electoral
defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez
said yesterday he may have been
too ambitious in asking voters to let
him stand indefinitely for re-elec-
tion and endorse a huge leap to a
socialist state.
"I understand and accept that
the proposal I made was quite
profound and intense," he said
after voters narrowly rejected the
sweeping constitutional reforms by
51 percent to 49 percent.
Opposition activists were ecstatic

astheresultswere announcedshort-
ly after midnight - with 88 percent
of the vote counted, the trend was
declared irreversible by elections
council chief Tibisay Lucena.
Special Ed teachers
lack certification
Secondary special education
teachers in Michigan likely have lost
their status as being highly qualified
under federal standards because the
state allowed them to take elemen-
tary certification tests.
Those teachers have until June
30, 2009, to become highly qualified
- a status they need to comply with
the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The Michigan Department of Edu-
cation said it's unclear how many of
the state's 7,000 secondary special ed
teachers used the elementary exam
to become highly qualified.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. The military identified the
following dead service members
Army Spc. Matthew K. Reece,
24, Harrison, Ark.
Army Cpl. Blair W. Emery, 24,
Lee, Maine.

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Iowa Clinton ing Obama to task for saying he
hadn't been planning for years to
s Obama lacks run for president - unlike "some
of the other candidates."
experience On the contrary, the Clinton
folks said, he'd made his plans
AR LAKE, Iowa (AP) clear to law school friends and
ary Rodham Clinton sug- even wrote an essay as a young
yesterday that Barack child saying that was his ambition.
has too little experience After an event in Iowa yester-
rhaps too much ambition, day, Obama was asked to comment
g an increasingly aggres- and said, "No."
impaign against her chief But then he said, "It's silly sea-
r the Democratic presiden- son. I understand she's been quot-
mination. ing my kindergarten teacher in
candidates were in Iowa, Indonesia." He then walked out of
nth before the nation's lead- the room without responding to
cuses with new polls show- additional shouted questions.
ama had whittled away her Elsewhere in Iowa, Edwards
ad and they were virtually mocked the Clinton campaign for
ong Democrats in the state. sniping at Obama about his presi-
you decide which makes dential ambitions.
ense: Entrust our coun- "It's like, boy, you can tell you're
someone who is ready on gettingcloseto the caucuses," said
e - or to put America in Edwards in Waterloo.
nds of someone with little "I want to confess to all of you
al or international experi- right now," Edwards said. "In
who started running for third grade I wanted to be two
ant the day he arrived in things: I wanted to be a cowboy
. Senate," Clinton said. and I wanted to be Superman."
rhetoric underscored the A new AP-Pew poll showed
ss of a race in which polls Clinton essentially tied with
dead heat between them Obama in Iowa, 31 percent to 26
a, with former Sen. John percent, with Edwards at 19 per-
ds of North Carolina also cent and New Mexico Gov. Bill
ng contention. Many Iowa Richardson at 10 percent.
goers say they still haven't Clinton's campaign events yes-
p their minds or could yet terday were all based encouraging
them. voters to go to the Jan. 3 caucuses
ton accused Obama of a - and to bring a buddy.
o campaign" in not return- She held a campaign event at
Nashington this fall to vote the Surf Ballroom at Clear Lake,
solution naming an Iranian the same hall where three Rock
y unit a terrorist organi- 'n' Roll legends performed before
The Bush administration their death in a plane crash in Feb-
ted the measure, as did ruary 1959.
- and Obama has criti- "I am old enough to remember
er for it. " Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and
sidents can't dodge the the Big Bopper," Clinton told her
olitical fights," she said. audience. She said she felt like
ma spokesman Bill Burton hearing Valens' "La Bamba."
d, "The truth is, Barack She was late for the Clear Lake
doesn't need lectures in event after a campaign plane
l courage from someone carrying reporters ahead of her
lowed George Bush to war remained on the runway after
gave him the benefit of the landing when the cabin began
in Iran, supported NAFTA filling with smoke. The plane
pposed ethanol until she had to be towed off the runway
d to run for president." before Clinton's plane could land.
or when Obama decided to The source of the smoke was not
ere was a lot of back-and- immediately apparent, the pilot
bout that. and campaign aides said.
the weekend, the Clinton "We were circling and circling
ent reporters a memo tak- and circling," Clinton said.

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