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9:05 PM ET, November 20, 2007

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan points finger at Bush, Rove  —  Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan names names in a caustic passage from a forthcoming memoir that accuses President Bush, Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney of being "involved" in his giving the press false information about the CIA leak case.
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ABCNEWS:
Bush: Clinton Understands White House Pressure  —  Exclusive Interview Details President's Thoughts on 2008 Race, Last Year in Office  —  President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's experience as first lady has prepared her to handle the "pressure" …
Associated Press:
McClellan blames Bush for CIA leak deceit  —  Former spokesman says both president and vice president involved  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role …
Marty Griffin / KDKA-TV:
Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back  —  The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.  —  To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Wounded soldiers asked to return signing bonuses  —  When Jordan Fox was serving in Iraq, his mother helped organize Operation Pittsburgh Pride, which sends thousands of care packages to U.S. troops from his hometown, which prompted a personal "thank you" from the White House.
Matt / Think Progress:   Military demanding bonus pay back from wounded vets.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court agrees to rule on gun case  —  After a hiatus of 68 years, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to rule on the meaning of the Second Amendment — the hotly contested part of the Constitution that guarantees "a right to keep and bear arms."  Not since 1939 has the Court heard …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
More detail on the controversial Iowa poll  —  I spoke this morning to a source closely familiar with the details of that Iowa poll that raised eyebrows last week, though he was unable to definitively say who sponsored the poll, and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Discussion: Pollster.com
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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Poll: Clinton's lead shrinks among New Hampshire Democrats
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Inside the Post/ABC Iowa Survey
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Wrestler Ric Flair supporting Mike Huckabee  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - In the race for presidential endorsements, Mike Huckabee has the kitschy pop culture celebrity vote on lockdown.  —  First it was martial arts hero and "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris, who appears with Huckabee in his first TV ad.
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Paul isn't that scary  —  It's that over-do-gooder Mike Huckabee who should be making conservatives nervous.  —  As the hopeless but energetic presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) builds momentum in name recognition, fundraising and cross-ideology appeal, media conservatives are beginning to attack Paul in earnest.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush Administration Stokes Fear Of Massive Army Layoffs To Force Congress To Drop Redeployment  —  The Bush administration is threatening that it will issue furlough notices to up to 150,000 civilian workers at military bases in mid-December if Congress does not approve unrestricted Iraq funding immediately.
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Gina Kolata / New York Times:
New Stem Cell Method Could Ease Ethical Concerns  —  Two teams of scientists are reporting today that they turned human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without having to make or destroy an embryo — a feat that could quell the ethical debate troubling the field.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   The Stem Cell Breakthrough and the "Necessity" of Evil
BBC:
Skin transformed into stem cells
Yeas & Nays:
DeLay Knocks GOP: 'The leadership just isn't getting it'  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be in a leadership position on Capitol Hill anymore, but that doesn't mean he can't weigh in on the current GOP leadership.  —  DeLay told Yeas & Nays that Republicans in Congress are …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Obama speaks on past drug use  —  From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan and NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  Obama today talked to a group of high school students in New Hampshire about his adolescent drug use, drinking alcohol and being a "goof off" in high school.  It is certainly not the first time Obama …
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Lynn Sweet:
Sweet scoop: Oprah to stump for Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Belmont Club
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Confronts 'Polarizing' Issue  —  TAMA, Iowa - On one of the most provocative political questions of the day - is Hillary Rodham Clinton too polarizing to be president?  - Mrs. Clinton delivered a punchy and pointed rejoinder at a town meeting last night, using some of her most memorable language …
Discussion: Big Lizards
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
The Left's Collective Aneurysm  —  As expected, today's extraordinary front page article in the New York Times on progress in Iraq is causing aneurysms across wide swathes of the left-wing blogosphere.  You might think the news that "the security improvements in most neighborhoods are real" …
 
 
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John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
California suing Nebraska voting machine maker for $15 million
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Guardian:
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Valerie J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
On the Road: Obama Caters to Small-Town Media
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Some recipients of Romney's charity are boosting his bid
Billw / Crooks and Liars:
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$20 Billion in Afghanistan, Iraq Contract Cash Goes to Unidentified Companies
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Denial Makes the World Go Round
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