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12:50 AM ET, November 12, 2007

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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama: Tax more income for Soc Sec  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday that if elected he will push to increase the amount of income that is taxed to provide monthly Social Security benefits.  —  Obama and other Democratic presidential candidates previously have signaled support for this idea.
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MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for Nov. 11, 2007  —  Barack Obama  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues.  An exclusive interview with Democrat Barack Obama.  He was elected United States senator in 2004 and served in the Illinois state senate for eight years prior.
Media Matters for America:
Russert misleadingly cropped Obama comment to claim he wasn't "firmly wedded against the war" … During his November 11 Meet the Press interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (IL) on NBC's Meet the Press, host Tim Russert asserted that "critics will say you've …
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."
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.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:   McCain talks big on seven-candidate Sunday
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Intel official: Expect less privacy  —  WASHINGTON - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.  —  Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr …
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James Kilner / Reuters:
Top U.S. official backs Georgia's embattled leader  —  The top U.S. official for the Caucasus praised Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on Sunday for his leadership over the last 4 years, but suggested he lift a state of emergency and restore an independent media.
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
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Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
FORMER CONTROVERSIAL CONGRESSMAN CHARGED WITH DWI  —  DN Capitol Bureau Chief Joe Mahoney reports:  —  Former Rep. John Sweeney was charged with aggravated DWI when he was pulled over by State Police early this morning on the Northway with a 23-year-old woman in his car, police told the Daily News.
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Former president parachutes into library re-opening  —  COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Prsident George H.W. Bush celebrated the grand reopening of his presidential museum on Saturday with a surprise skydive.  —  It was the former president's sixth skydive and his first since 2004, when he jumped to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Discussion: Wizbang
Armando Acuna / Sacramento Bee:
The Public Editor: Green reporter, Green Zone dispute, red-hot rhetoric  —  Story appeared in FORUM section, Page E3  —  When The Bee's Bobby Caina Calvan volunteered for a six-week reporting stint in Iraq, he didn't have the faintest notion he would be nominated for an award.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Official oil cleanup ramps up, frustrated volunteers turned away  —  (11-10) 16:02 PST SAN FRANCISCO —  Emergency officials more than doubled the number of ships and cleanup workers attacking the massive oil spill throughout the Bay Area - while hundreds of frustrated citizens who tried …
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: The Agonist
Lauren Frayer / Boston Globe:
Al Qaeda fighters, ex-insurgents clash  —  18 killed in battle north of Baghdad  —  Members of an armed group of local residents passed US soldiers in Baghdad's mostly Sunni Azamiyah neighborhood.  Such residents helped US and Iraqi forces patrol the streets yesterday.  (Khalid Mohammed/associated press)
Paul Krugman:
Innocent mistakes  —  So there's a campaign on to exonerate Ronald Reagan from the charge that he deliberately made use of Nixon's Southern strategy.  When he went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1980, the town where the civil rights workers had been murdered, and declared that …
Telegraph:
White House frustrated with Brown over Iran  —  By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in New York  —  The Bush administration is losing patience with Gordon Brown over Iran, with senior American diplomats frustrated by his reluctance to declare bluntly that the Islamic state must never be allowed nuclear weapons.
 
 
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