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11:45 AM ET, November 22, 2009

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why was it so hard for Dems even to start health care debate?  —  The extraordinary thing about the dramatic events surrounding the health care bill in the Senate is that there was any drama at all.  Lawmakers were simply voting to begin debate on the Democratic version of health care reform.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Sweeteners for the South  —  Staffers on Capitol Hill were calling it the Louisiana Purchase.  —  On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive.
The Hill:
Reid pulls together Senate Dems to take huge step on health reform
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and MyDD
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Landrieu To Reid: No Triggers, No Bill—Negotiating Compromise With Schumer
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Democrats hold line, but cracks show
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
McConnell: Dems have health bill votes, but Republicans won't give up fight
Discussion: The Hill and MyDD
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
In the trenches on climate change, hostility among foes  —  Stolen e-mails reveal venomous feelings toward skeptics  —  Electronic files that were stolen from a prominent climate research center and made public last week provide a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes battle to shape the public perception of global warming.
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Keith Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Hacked Emails Show Climate Science Ridden with Rancor  —  The picture that emerges of prominent climate-change scientists from the more than 3,000 documents and emails accessed by hackers and put on the Internet this week is one of professional backbiting and questionable scientific practices.
John / Power Line:
When In Doubt, Delete  —  One of the hacked East Anglia emails …
Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck reveals the Plan  —  What an amazing few days on the road this has been.  Your spirits have been high, your faith strong and your spine unbendable.  I ended my multiday book tour at The Villages with what had been billed as a rally but could be better described as a candid citizen-to-citizen chat.
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Sarah Palin, WWE Star … A woman reads Sarah Palin's book while waiting in line for an autograph in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 18 (Bill Pugliano/Getty)  —  The really beautiful thing about the culture war, from an entertainment standpoint, is that it is fundamentally irresolvable.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Pit Bull in the China Shop  —  AT last the American right and left have one issue they unequivocally agree on: You don't actually have to read Sarah Palin's book to have an opinion about it.  Last Sunday Liz Cheney praised “Going Rogue” as “well-written” on Fox News even though …
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:   Republicans Eye the Tiger of Populism
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Visceral Has Its Value  —  It's easy to dismiss Sarah Palin.  —  She's back on the trail, with the tumbling hair and tumbling thoughts.  The queen of the scenic strip mall known as Wasilla now reigns over thrilled subjects thronging to a politically strategic swath of American strip malls.
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cafe Press Bans All 'Pray For Obama: Psalm 109:8′ Merchandise  —  This week, both the websites of CafePress.com and Zazzle.com decided to stop selling merchandise that featured the latest right-wing craze: the slogan “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8.”  However, Cafe Press then changed …
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Register exclusive: Iowa Poll shows Obama approval rating below 50 percent  —  Fewer than half of Iowans approve of President Barack Obama's performance in office a year after he carried the state in the 2008 election, according to The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll.
Robert Wright / New York Times:
Who Created Major Hasan?  —  Princeton, N.J.  —  IN the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre, the verdict has come in.  The liberal news media have been found guilty — by the conservative news media — of coddling Major Hasan's religion, Islam.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
As Afghans Resist Taliban, U.S. Spurs Rise of Militias  —  ACHIN, Afghanistan — American and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of anti-Taliban militias that have independently taken up arms against insurgents in several parts of Afghanistan, prompting hopes of a large-scale tribal rebellion against the Taliban.
Discussion: Power Line, Commentary and Swampland
Mark Schone / ABCNEWS:
Defense Attorney: Hasan Is Paralyzed From the Chest Down  —  Galligan Wants Military Justice System to Move More Slowly, Says Accused Fort Hood Shooter is in Severe Pain  —  Major Nidal Hasan, charged with killing 13 in the Fort Hood shooting spree, is paralyzed from the chest down and is not a flight risk …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TalkLeft
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Sarah Palin Slams Weak Obama “Going Around the World Bowing” (Video)  —  Sarah Palin told Bill O'Reilly that it is ridiculous for Obama to be going around the world bowing down and apologizing for America.  —  Ouch.  —  From the video: Anyone who believes that this woman could not perform …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Joe the Plumber Hits Media Coverage, Tells ‘E&P’ He Hopes Palin Does Not Run in 2012
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Andrew Sullivan has discovered the Michelle Goldberg/Ann Althouse diavlog.
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Health Insurance Reform vs. Medicare Part D
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The Coming Deficit Disaster
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