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9:05 AM ET, November 12, 2007

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Washington Post:
Democrats' Provocative Iowa Dinner Conversation  —  In the space of an hour this weekend, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), using some of their most pointed and forceful rhetoric of the campaign, framed in stark terms the choice for Democrats deciding their party's presidential nomination.
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama is Not the Anti-Hillary  —  Anyone thinking Mr. Obama is the anti-Hillary, so to speak, needs to pay attention and find another candidate.  Quickly.  This guy is so far off the Democratic party reservation I don't know where he's planting his primary flag, but it's nowhere a progressive Democrat or our party should willingly go.
Paul Krugman:
Why, Barack, why?  —  The great Social Security debate of 2005 was a seminal moment for American progressives.  Conventional fiscal wisdom in the Beltway was that the aging population is THE big problem — when the truth is that grim long-run fiscal projections mainly reflect projected health care costs.
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Obama, Please Stop Echoing Right-Wing Lies About Social Security!
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Atlantic Online:
Journalism as Sadism  —  Garance Franke-Ruta reports from Iowa on the Village's field trip: "The joke last night at the Hotel Fort Des Moines bar is that the last thing you want to do the morning after a potentially-momentum generating speech is go on Meet the Press with Tim Russert, because he's such a tough questioner."
DrewM / Ace of Spades HQ:
Lions for Lambs...Slaughtered  —  Looks like the Saturday night box office estimates are in and while Lions for Lambs basically doubled its take from Friday, $6.7 million in box office is only good for 4th place.  —  A distant 4th place: Bee Movie grossed $26 million, American Gangster $24 million, and Fred Claus $19 million.
Scott Waldman / Albany Times Union:
Cops: Ex-U.S. Rep. Sweeney drove drunk  —  Click byline for more stories by writer.  —  CLIFTON PARK — Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney was charged with drunken driving early this morning after a traffic stop on the Northway, State Police said.  —  The arrest was the latest embarrassment …
Discussion: Eschaton and the albany project
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
'I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil'  —  Corruption Scandals Involve Alaska's Biggest Political Names  —  ANCHORAGE — When the FBI came looking for corruption in Alaska politics, it found an excellent perch in Suite 604 of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, the state capital.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Booman Tribune
Richard Rubin / New York Times:
Over There — and Gone Forever  —  BY any conceivable measure, Frank Buckles has led an extraordinary life.  Born on a farm in Missouri in February 1901, he saw his first automobile in his hometown in 1905, and his first airplane at the Illinois State Fair in 1907.
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Elizabeth L. Robbins / Washington Post:
Gifts of Thanks for the Troops
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek.com:
So Happy Together  —  Bill archenemy Richard Mellon Scaife now has 'admiration' for him.  Huh?  —  David Lienemann / Getty Images  —  A New Game Plan: The Clintons made quiet attempts to disarm their most vocal opponents  —  Bill Clinton is never at a loss for company.
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Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Sure, It's Admiration
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Ron Paul's record in Congress  — by Dave  —  In the comments thread to my previous post on Ron Paul, the indispensable Trefayne compiled a series of posts on Paul's track record as a congressman, particularly those bills he sponsored or co-sponsored.  —  Here's Trefayne:
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Making Light
Financial Times:
US strike on Iran 'not being prepared'  —  The Pentagon is not preparing a pre-emptive attack on Iran in spite of an increase in bellicose rhetoric from Washington, according to senior officers.  —  Admiral William Fallon, head of Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Agonist
The Corner:
Armitage on the Leak  —  Richard Armitage appeared on CNN today, discussing Pakistan but also addressing his role as the original leaker in the CIA leak affair.  He took the blame for leaking Valerie Plame Wilson's identity, but he also gave us a bit more evidence to show that …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Armitage on Leaking Plame's Identity and Smart Power
White House:
President Bush Marks Veterans Day at National Fallen Soldiers Memorial Ceremony  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Clayton, thanks inviting me.  I'm really honored to be here with you.  Congressman Edwards, thank you for your eloquence and your very moving remarks.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Bjorn Lomborg / Telegraph:
Ignore Al Gore - but not his Nobel friends  —  This week, the United Nations' climate scientists will release a major report synthesising the world's best global warming research.  It will be the first time we've heard from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Ankush Khardori / Ezra Klein:
Sullivan on Obama  —  I should've taken Charles Kaiser's advice and skipped Andrew Sullivan's cover story for The Atlantic, about how Barack Obama is the second coming of Christ.  It is a stunningly bad piece of work — reductive, overwrought, bloated, and, perhaps above all, patronizing.
Daily Mail:
'I feared I'd end up dead in the woods like Dr Kelly,' says biological warfare expert who criticised Britain and U.S.  —  An EU expert on biological warfare has told how she fears ending up 'dead in the woods' like scientist Dr David Kelly after an alleged campaign of intimidation by members of MI6 and the CIA.
Discussion: Never Yet Melted and CANNONFIRE
 
 
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