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5:00 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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Scott McClellan's Book Coming in April — Admits Wrongdoing in Clearing Rove and Libby in CIA Leak Case  —  NEW YORK To no one's surprise in a world where top White House aides with any president eventually write a book about it, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan will be coming out with his volume in April.
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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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court to Take D.C. Gun Ban Case
Discussion: Wonkette and Cato-at-liberty
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court will hear guns case
Reuters:
US court to review Washington, D.C., handgun ban
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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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why John Edwards Is In Trouble In Iowa  —  Yesterday, I wrote about John Edwards' slippage in Iowa.  Normally, I do not take great stock in polls this far out (yes, it is still too far out to take polls too seriously), especially the famously difficult to poll Iowa Caucus.
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.
Devin Culclasure / alligator.org:
Protesters arrested at Gonzales speech  —  In his first appearance at a university since resigning in August, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was met at UF on Monday with a mixture of cheers, boos and scattered interruptions by protesters, two of whom were arrested.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Students Protest Alberto Gonzales At University of Florida Speaking Gig
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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
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.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
U.N. to Cut Estimate Of AIDS Epidemic  —  Population With Virus Overstated by Millions  —  The United Nations' top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade …
Jazz / Middle Earth Journal:
The Mystery Surrounding TSA Systems Radiation Detectors  —  Note  —  Jazz will be discussing this with Ed Morrissey on Heading Right Radio.  —  We've been doing a bit of background research here at MEJ, and a story that started out looking like yet another case of taxpayer dollars …
Little Green Footballs:
YouTube: The Jihad-Friendly Video Sharing Network (Update: Convicted Terrorist Opens YouTube Account)  —  Sheik Faisel Mohammed was convicted of incitement to murder and stirring up racial hatred in Britain, and deported back to his native Jamaica.  —  And today we've discovered that Yousef al-Khattab …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
At White House behest, NYT sat on scoop  —  When the New York Times published a front page story Sunday about the United States' and Pakistan's joint clandestine efforts to protect nuclear weapons, the newspaper offered a glimpse into a "highly classified program" the Bush administration long objected to seeing in print.
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Denial Makes the World Go Round  —  For years she hid the credit card bills from her husband: The $2,500 embroidered coat from Neiman Marcus.  The $900 beaded scarf from Blake in Chicago.  A $600 pair of Dries van Noten boots.  All beautiful items, and all perfectly affordable …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
 
 
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The Left's Collective Aneurysm
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Fred: I need at least third in Iowa
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A gap in GOP candidates' healthcare proposals
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Opposing view: Iranian bomb 'intolerable'
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