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7:05 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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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 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.
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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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Things Are Tough All Over  —  But Mrs. Clinton is no Iron Lady.  —  The story as I was told it is that in the early years of her prime ministership, Margaret Thatcher held a meeting with her aides and staff, all of whom were dominated by her, even awed.  When it was over she invited …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Edwards: Differences with Clinton most 'dramatic'
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:   Obama Picks Up a Coveted Endorsement in N.H.
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Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Karl Rove's advice for fuming bloggers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What happened to the Senate's "60-vote requirement"?  —  Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get anything done.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mukasey Sworn In as Attorney General  —  Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as attorney general this afternoon, less than a day after winning Senate confirmation despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terror detainees.
Discussion: Truthdig
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Lieberman hits out at 'paranoid' Democrats  —  The 2008 Democratic candidates are beholden to a "hyper-partisan, politically paranoid" liberal base that could endanger the final nominee's chances of winning next year's presidential election, Joe Lieberman, the former vice-presidential Democratic candidate, said on Thursday.
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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 …
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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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP Reps. Saxton, Cubin to retire
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Divisive Border Bill Faces Tough Road  —  North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler 's new immigration-enforcement bill, cheered by immigration hard-liners and jeered by Hispanic lawmakers, now faces a major roadblock: Rep. Loretta Sanchez , who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism.
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders  —  One of the state's largest health insurers set goals and paid bonuses based in part on how many individual policyholders were dropped and how much money was saved.  —  Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc. avoided paying $35.5 million …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Blotter
 
 
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