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10:20 AM ET, November 18, 2009

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Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism  —  There are a lot of legitimate reasons to criticize Sarah Palin, her new book, and her policies, but you don't have to stoop to sexism to do it.  Newsweek's November 23 issue, however, does just that by publishing …
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Palin: Obama Wrong on Israeli, Afghan Policy  —  Former Alaska Gov. Tells Barbara Walters President Obama ‘Dithering Around’ on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan, Has It ‘Backassward’ on Economy  —  In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate …
Katie Connolly / The Gaggle:
Official Statement on Newsweek's Sarah Palin Cover  —  Newsweek Cover, issue dated November 23, 2009  —  This week, to coincide with the release of Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue, Newsweek's editors decided to print two essays (one by Evan Thomas, the other by Christopher Hitchens) …
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket?  Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out  —  It's no secret that former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck share great respect and admiration — so their fans can be forgiven for wondering: Is a “dream ticket” of Palin-Beck ticket is completely out of the question?
Tom Cotton / Weekly Standard:
Afghanistan Myths
Discussion: Power Line
Verne Gay / Newsday:
Sarah Palin calls Newsweek cover shot ‘sexist’
Discussion: Majikthise, TBogg and Alas, a blog
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama on terror trials: KSM will die  —  Americans who are troubled by the decision to send alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for trial will feel better about it when he's put to death, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.  —  During a round of network television …
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Al Qaeda's Civil Liberties Union  —  A look at the other terrorists embraced by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's ACLU lawyers.  —  “I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.”  —  That, according to former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, is what September 11 …
Discussion: Salon and TalkLeft
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder: Don't fear trial of ‘coward’ 9/11 plotter
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party's leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid calls Dem caucus meeting
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
John McCain: The Reason For All Of This  —  Richard Coen convenes a meeting: … The WSJ and TWS have long ago lost any intellectual credibility.  They use sophism to maintain power.  Their cynicism and/or denial mechanisms are deeper than most mortals can imagine.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
E-mails Portray Palin Campaign Trail Chaos
Discussion: BlueNC and Gawker
CBS News:
National Debt Now Tops $12 Trillion  —  Posted by Mark Knoller It's another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark.  Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 for every man, woman and child.  —  Technically, the debt hit …
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Graham Bowley / New York Times:
$500 Million and Apology From Goldman  —  How much good will can an apology — and half a billion dollars — buy?  A lot, Goldman Sachs is hoping.  —  After first staunchly defending its outsize profits and pay, and then bristling at calls for restraint in these tough economic times …
Discussion: DailyFinance and TPMCafe
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Says He Is Close to Afghan War Decision  —  BEIJING — President Obama said Wednesday he is “very close to a decision” on a troop increase for the war in Afghanistan, and will make his case to the American people for his Afghan strategy in the next “several weeks.”
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CBS News:
Obama: I'd Fire Afghan Decision Leakers  —  Also Tells Chip Reid Afghan Decision Still Weeks Off; Speaks About Sarah Palin, and Toll Office Taking on Him … Reid reports the president said it's still several weeks before he makes a decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan.
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin on Nidal Hasan: “Profile Away”  —  I spoke to Governor Palin by phone this afternoon.  Lots of interesting material, but to me the most interesting takeaways were the following:  —  1) I asked about Palin's upcoming visit to Ft. Hood.  “We had planned on that before the tragedy struck,” she said.
Jeffrey S. Flier / Wall Street Journal:
Health ‘Reform’ Gets a Failing Grade  —  The changes proposed by Congress will require more draconian measures down the road.  Just look at Massachusetts.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As the dean of Harvard Medical School I am frequently asked to comment on the health-reform debate.
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Commentary and EconLog
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Go Jodi Go!  Times' Kantor Scores Seven Figures From Little, Brown For Obama Book  —  New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor has secured a stunning seven-figure book deal this week with Little, Brown to write a volume on the Obamas.  —  The deal was the result of a heated citywide auction …
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Dips Below 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Drops Below 50%  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating is 48 - 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Commentary
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Crist To Engage Rubio  —  Buffeted by weeks of negative press and a newly threatening rival from the right, FL Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) campaign will step up direct engagements with his opponent, insiders tell OnCall.  —  Crist will attack former FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) …
Daily Mail:
How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas  —  Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.  —  The way the celebration …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
The Washington Independent:
Army Data Show Constraints on Troop Increase Potential  —  Escalation in Afghanistan Could Leave Few Brigades in Reserve  —  If President Obama orders an additional 30,000 to 40,000 troops to Afghanistan, he will be deploying practically every available U.S. Army brigade to war …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Real Intelligence Wars: Oversight And Access  —  For months, the CIA director, Leon Panetta, and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Adm. Dennis Blair (ret.), fought an intense and acrimonious turf battle over covert action oversight and access to White House officials.
Melvin L. Watt / The Huffington Post:
Audit The Fed Effort Under Threat In House  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A bipartisan effort to force transparency on the Federal Reserve is suddenly in jeopardy after a House Financial Services Committee member introduced an amendment that would let the multi-trillion dollar organization …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Philadelphia Gives Homeowners a Way to Stay Put  —  PHILADELPHIA — Christopher Hall stepped tentatively through the entranceway of City Hall Courtroom 676 and took his place among dozens of others confronting foreclosure purgatory.  His hopes all but extinguished, he fully expected the morning …
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Innumerate Al — By: John Derbyshire  —  Al Gore on Conan O'Brien's show the other day: … [Me] The geothermal gradient is usually quoted as 25-50 degrees Celsius per mile of depth in normal terrain (not, e.g., in the crater of Kilauea).  Two kilometers down, therefore …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does the GOP want ideologically pure candidates?  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that the Democrats may be the party of pragmatism and Republicans may be the party of ideological purity.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey's release on Tuesday comes …
Discussion: Say Anything and Hot Air
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin Answers PEOPLE Readers' Questions  —  You know the episodes of 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon, played by wicked Sarah-Palin impersonator Tina Fey, decides whether women's boyfriend troubles are deal-breakers?  “Yes!  I saw that the other day.  It was hilarious,” says none other than Palin herself.
 
 
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republican senators do an about-face on judicial filibusters
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Gov't: $98 billion in improper payments made
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
C Street House No Longer Tax Exempt
Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
California faces a projected deficit of $21 billion
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin helps RGA get discount on ‘Going Rogue’
Malcolmgladwell / gladwell.com:
Pinker on “What the Dog Saw.”
Ronald Cass / Real Clear Politics:
Memo to Holder: Who's Accountable Now?
Discussion: Hot Air, ACS Blog and The Greenroom
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The Rogue, on the Record  —  Former Alaska governor …
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