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1:55 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.
NPR:
Editor's Note: The Tale of the Tip  —  · It started as an aside in a longer interview, but it became an Internet sensation within hours.  —  Anita Esterday, a waitress at the Maid-Rite in Toledo, Iowa, told NPR's David Greene in a report that aired on Morning Edition Thursday that …
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.
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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CNN Political Ticker:
Bill Clinton takes blame for health care plan failure
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Cafe Hayek
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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NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani won't say if he'd pardon Kerik as President
Marc Santora / The Caucus:
McCain Plays a Kerik Card
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Karl Rove / Opinion Journal:
A Failure to Lead  —  The Democratic Congress is more interested in acting out than in taking positive action.  —  This week is the one-year anniversary of Democrats winning Congress.  But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably aren't in a celebrating mood.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time
Associated Press:
Huge offshore oil discovery in Brazil  —  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — A huge offshore oil discovery could raise Brazil's petroleum reserves by a whopping 40 percent and boost this country into the ranks of the world's major exporters, officials said.  —  The government-run oil company …
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Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Bad news for Hugo?
Discussion: protein wisdom and Gateway Pundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton tops 2008 rivals, gets $530M in earmarks  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won tens of millions of dollars more in federal earmarks this year than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though two of them have significantly more Senate seniority.
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Stop the Madness  —  I had wondered if there was a bit of an overreaction by me and others to Obama's Social Security language which was why I tried to explain our hypersensitivity to the issue.  Turns out there was no overreaction.  Obama is peddling  —  the "social security crisis" narrative.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
BlogWorld Expo Panel Discussion: Raising The Level Of Discourse  —  One of the difficulties of attending an event like BlogWorld Expo is the sheer busy-ness that accompanies it.  I'm exhibiting for BlogTalkRadio as well as being a speaker at the expo, and still trying to get around to see some of the offerings by other vendors.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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K T Cat / The Scratching Post:   Blogworld Expo 07 - Raising the Level of Political Discourse
Josh White / Washington Post:
Waterboarding Is Torture, Says Ex-Navy Instructor  —  A former Navy survival instructor subjected to waterboarding as part of his military training told Congress yesterday that the controversial tactic should plainly be considered torture and that such a method was never intended for use …
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 …
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: Cliff Schecter
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 …
Condoleezza Rice / Newsweek.com:
'If I Had to Do It Over Again'  —  Condi Rice admits the U.S. should have understood Iraq better.  —  Condoleezza Rice is, by her own admission, not "that self-reflective."  But in an interview in her office on Thursday the secretary of state took a moment to contemplate the improved security situation in Iraq.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Politics of doubt gnaw at black voters in S.C.
Associated Press:
Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Rage of Reason  —  It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic.
White House:
President Bush Visits Wounded Warriors at Center for the Intrepid
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Blotter
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Ohio governor endorses Clinton
Jessica Holzer / The Hill:
Centrist Dems in tough spot on Alternative Minimum Tax bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Questions for Trita Parsi
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Marcos . . . Pinochet . . . Musharraf?
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Lieberman Lashes Out at Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Des Moines Register:
Dodd campaign's pledge on caucus hotly debated
Discussion: MSNBC
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Press Secretary Directed Fake News Briefing, Inquiry Finds
Discussion: The Lede and Romenesko
New York Times:
An Overdue Step for Equal Justice
USA Today:
Father defends Bush on Iraq war
Discussion: Think Progress and Telegraph
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Rising Demand for Oil Provokes New Energy Crisis
Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
59 schoolchildren killed in Afghan blast