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8:40 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Clinton Gets an Instant Chance to Wield a New Weapon  —  It used to be that when a campaign had an argument with a news report, it put out a mass e-mail message disputing the offending item.  That was a huge technological leap from the fax machine.  —  Now even e-mail may be growing quaint.
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The Atlantic Online:
Two New Hampshire Polls Will Show Shrinking Clinton Lead  —  Two new reputable polls of New Hampshire Democratic Primary voters will show statistically significant drops in support for frontrtunner Hillary Clinton, Democrats who have seen those polls said today.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Waitress tells campaign reporters: 'You people are really nuts'  —  It's hard to say for sure when the "silly season" started in the media's coverage of the presidential campaign.  If there was a "serious season," it was exceedingly short.  I'm afraid I missed it.  —  But yesterday was unusually inane.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Huckabee's Salvation  —  Dr. James Dobson, who has largely been made irrelevant to the 2008 Republican presidential race, has apparently found his man, and according to an adviser, is ready to change the landscape of the Republican nomination race.  —  "He is the leader of the evangelical …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Giuliani camp swings back after Kerik jabs  —  None of Rudy's GOP rivals wanted to dive headlong into the Kerik affair, but then a reporter went and asked McCain about it.  And, McCain being McCain, he spoke out … Tom Ridge, the first DHS Secretary, was traveling with McCain and offered …
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Noam Scheiber / The Stump:
Is Romney Running Away With It?  —  For all the attention Rudy Giuliani got with that Pat Robertson endorsement earlier this week, the numbers increasingly suggest Romney is going to be the GOP nominee.  According to Pollster.com, Romney's up 14 points in Iowa (28.6 to Huckabee's 14.8 …
The Corner:
Joe for VP  —  Bill Kristol has a typically provocative and noteworthy editorial now posted on the website of The Weekly Standard.  Bill points out that the MSM chose to ignore one of the most significant Senate speeches I can recall: Senator Joe Lieberman's critique of the Democratic party's …
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Lieberman hits out at 'paranoid' Democrats
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rove Decries 'Nutty' 'Vitriolic' Bloggers Who Spew 'Bad Words'  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress attended a Yahoo-sponsored Citizen 2.0 event in Washington, DC, at which Karl Rove discussed the intersection of politics and the Internet.  Rove lamented the loss of civility in politics on the web …
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Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Karl Rove's advice for fuming bloggers
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards: I'm closer to Obama than Clinton  —  Edwards seems to be saving his artillery for Hillary, and sought in Des Moines today to minimize the distance between himself and Obama.  —  "The differences between Sen. Clinton and myself are much more dramatic than the differences between …
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Drew Cline:
Biden: Democrats have lost faith in the American people  —  Sen. Joe Biden said in an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader this afternoon that too many Democrats, including the frontrunners for the presidential nomination, do not have faith in the American people.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Is it now official?  —  Can we just go ahead and crown Mike Huckabee the John McCain of this cycle?  —  I refer, of course, to the gushing media coverage that the folksy (and it's always "folksy") former Arkansas governor is receiving.  —  Today it was Michael Gerson's turn.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Huckabee Difference  —  When I asked former pastor …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and The Corner
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
New Jersey Rep. Saxton to Retire  —  Rep. Jim Saxton, the twelve-term Republican from New Jersey's 3rd District, plans to retire after his current term, an announcement that could come as early as today, according to sources familiar with his decision.  —  Saxton's retirement opens up a seat …
Discussion: philly.com, MyDD and Cliff Schecter
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David Espo / Associated Press:   New Jersey congressman to retire
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Reid Allowed Vote On Mukasey In Exchange For Military Funding Bill  —  Here's some more on what exactly happened in the negotiations that led up to the rushed confirmation of Michael Mukasey yesterday.  —  According to sources inside and outside the Democratic leadership …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest and CANNONFIRE
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Presto!  CNN Edits Pelosi's Quote To Make Her Say Dem Congress "Hasn't Done Anything"  —  I'm not sure anyone could outdo this one in terms of, shall we say, "creative" editing of quotes.  —  CNN ran a report this afternoon with the headline: "Record Anger At Congress."
CBS News:
Just Who Was At That Fake FEMA Briefing?  —  CBS News Obtains A Photo Of The "Press" Gallery Full Of FEMA Staffers  —  (CBS/AP) CBS News has obtained this photo of the now infamous fake FEMA press conference held during the California wildfires.  The photo, taken by a FEMA employee …
Discussion: Think Progress and Obsidian Wings
David Brooks / New York Times:
History and Calumny  —  Today, I'm going to write about a slur.  It's a distortion that's been around for a while, but has spread like a weed over the past few months.  It was concocted for partisan reasons: to flatter the prejudices of one side, to demonize the other and to simplify …
 
 
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Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
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CQ.com:
Angry Hispanic Democrats Confront House Leaders
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Short of cash, NRCC seeks millionaires
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The Huffington Post:
MSNBC On Bernie: "9/11 Hero Indicted"
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Solidarity … A couple of years ago you may all remember …
Ali / Think Progress:
DeLay: 'No American Is Denied Health Care In America'
CNN Political Ticker:
Ed Henry: Bush 41 feels his son's pain
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Justice Department returns to enforcing voter laws
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk
Julian Sanchez / American Prospect:
The Revolt of the Comic Books
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Inside Mitt Romney's private pitch to evangelicals
Discussion: Wonkette and Boston Globe
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Obama Picks Up a Coveted Endorsement in N.H.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Rage of Reason  —  It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic.
Discussion: The Mahablog and QandO
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Blotter