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11:40 AM ET, November 20, 2009

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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Senate GOP Primary  —  2010 Arizona GOP Primary: McCain 45%, Hayworth 43%  —  Senator John McCain's future in the U.S. Senate may be a little less assured than previously thought.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   How Palin Will Help McCain
Washington Post:
Obama faces congressional anger about economy  —  House Republicans call on Geithner to resign  —  Growing discontent over the economy and frustration with efforts to speed its recovery boiled over Thursday on Capitol Hill in a wave of criticism and outright anger directed at the Obama administration.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Squander  —  Earlier this week, the inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a k a, the bank bailout fund, released his report on the 2008 rescue of the American International Group, the insurer.  The gist of the report is that government officials made no serious attempt …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Geithner Got Right  —  It's amazing to go back and read what people were saying about Timothy Geithner in the spring.  Many people said he looked terrified as the Treasury secretary, like Bambi in the headlights.  The New Republic ran an essay called “The Geithner Disaster.”
Wall Street Journal:
AIG and Systemic Risk
Discussion: Clusterstock and James Pethokoukis
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Columnist Uncritically Quoted Star of Latest ACORN Video  —  In September, L.A. Times columnist James Rainey wrote a column in which he uncritically quoted ACORN worker Lavelle Stewart suggesting that she had turned Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe out of her office:
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Publius / Big Government:
Breitbart to AG Holder: Investigate ACORN or We'll Release More Tapes Just Before 2010 Election  —  Earlier tonight Andrew Breitbart, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles discussed the final chapter of the ACORN L.A. saga on “Hannity,” but more interestingly, Breitbart disclosed where the story goes from here.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
The Note:
The $100 Million Health Care Vote?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform?  —  Here's a case study.  —  On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pressure on Landrieu, Nelson and Lincoln for Saturday vote …
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Washington Post:
Holder's decision on Mohammed trial defended  —  Reasonable minds can disagree about Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 perpetrators in a Manhattan federal court.  But some prominent criticisms are exaggerated …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Obama and Holder gaffes could influence 9/11 trial lawyers say
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame for recession shifting from GOP to Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) - Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE MAJORITY IS MISGUIDED.... A new CNN poll shows …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Watts Up With That?:
Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked - hundreds of files released  —  UPDATE: Response from CRU in interview with another website, see end of this post.  —  The details on this are still sketchy, we'll probably never know what went on.  But it appears that University …
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SoccerSeal / Red, White & Conservative:
The Day I Met Sarah Palin...and the Liberal Media  —  Where on earth do I begin?  This all started as me, a young 17 year old American going to see a woman I admire and turned into this crazy event hah I'll start at the very beginning.  —  My dad and I arrived at the Barnes and Noble at 11 pmTuesday evening.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Snowe Job: Was Reid's Merged Health Bill Written to Please Maine Senator?  —  But who's buyin'? (photo by Mike Quick)  —  The more I look at the merged Senate bill, the more I'm afraid that Harry Reid might have been laying the ground work to betray progressives on the issue of the public option, and gain the support of Olympia Snowe.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea partyers turn on each other  —  After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Easy Loans in Expensive Areas  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In January, Mike Rowland was so broke that he had to raid his retirement savings to move here from Boston.  —  A week ago, he and a couple of buddies bought a two-unit apartment building for nearly a million dollars.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Calculated Risk
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Palin's on the road again, with Hoosiers in sight  —  FORT WAYNE, IND. — Tina Andreadis doesn't have much experience in Republican presidential politics.  —  But as Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue” national book tour delivers stump speeches, long lines of sign-bearing supporters …
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Holders Miffed at Bonuses  —  Some Investors in the Stock Urge ThatMore of the Riches Be Passed Along to Them  —  Some of the largest shareholders in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have urged the Wall Street firm to reduce the size of its bonus pool, arguing that it should pass along …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues  —  Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Grappling with a wealth of guilt  —  Young heirs seek moral balance between inherited windfalls, social responsibilities  —  One night in Adams Morgan, the sons and daughters of lawyers and corporate executives padded into a friend's rowhouse for a kind of group therapy session about their families' wealth.
Discussion: Hit & Run and NewsBusters.org
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: GOP leaders hesitate to embrace Palin  —  1. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) repeated refusal to say that Sarah Palin is “qualified” to be president of the United States during an interview Thursday night with “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is illustrative of the problems …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eye on 2010
Inside Higher Ed:
All Eyes on Pittsburgh  —  Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, just seven years out of college, is igniting ire with his plan to levy a 1 percent tax on tuition collected by the city's 10 nonprofit colleges and universities.  —  Introduced as part of Ravenstahl's 2010 budget less than a week …
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Rahm blamed for immigrant ban
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Enrol at Detroit's cannabis college
Discussion: Clusterstock
Ian Welsh:
JPMorgan Illustrates What Banks Do When They Have Money
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Corrente
New York Times:
Air Defense Push Inspired by 9/11 Gets a 2nd Look
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's [Still] The Economy, Dumbass
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