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2:55 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.
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Democrats Surrender on Torture
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Obama Picks Up a Coveted Endorsement in N.H.  —  Barack Obama has just picked up a fairly important endorsement in New Hampshire.  —  Lenore Patton is the chairwoman of the Rockingham County Democrats and— like every other party leader in NH — had been relentlessly  —  courted by the Clinton campaign.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Edwards waffles on defense spending
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
On Campaign Bus, Obama Opens Up About Challengers
USA Today:
Flush with donations, Paul has a sudden political windfall
Discussion: Donklephant and David Corn
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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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Huckabee Difference  —  When I asked former pastor …
Discussion: The Corner
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Is it now official?  —  Can we just go ahead and crown Mike Huckabee …
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
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
New York Times:
Kerik's Corruption Case Dogs Giuliani  —  The scene outside the old Victorian-style courthouse in Dubuque on Thursday morning showed that the indictment of Bernard B. Kerik is at the very least a big distraction for Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaign.
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CNN:   Former Giuliani protege indicted on corruption charges
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Marcos . . . Pinochet . . . Musharraf?  —  Islamist barbarians are at the gates.  The president declares de facto martial law.  The country's democratic forces of the center and left, led by well-dressed lawyers and a former prime minister, take to the streets.  —  What is America to do about Pakistan?
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Kamran Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan's Bhutto released from house arrest
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Bad news for Hugo?  —  Chavez is deeply in debt to the Chinese, having borrowed $4 billion just this week.  In exchange, he's saying that Venezuela will double its exports of oil to China, … Minister of Energy and Petroleum and President of Petroleos de Venezuela, Rafael Ramirez claims …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and protein wisdom
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Associated Press:   Huge offshore oil discovery in Brazil
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Rage of Reason  —  It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic.  George W. Bush apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to frustrated, sputtering rage than any president since opinion polling began, with the possible exception of Richard Nixon.
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 …
Eric Burroughs / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-S&P says State St-managed CDO liquidating assets  —  The trustee of a $1.5 billion collateralised debt obligation (CDO) managed by State Street Global Advisors has started selling assets, apparently starting a process of liquidation, Standard & Poor's said late on Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Atrios / Eschaton:   Liquidation: Do Not Want
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Wizbang, Don Surber and Hot Air
 
 
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Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Giuliani and the Right's Shifting Priorities
Discussion: The Corner
Senator Chuck Hagel / The Raw Story:
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Associated Press:
Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Blotter
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
BlogWorld Expo Panel Discussion: Raising The Level Of Discourse
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Ohio Gov. Strickland endorses Clinton
Condoleezza Rice / Newsweek.com:
'If I Had to Do It Over Again'  —  Condi Rice admits the U.S …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Stop the Madness
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Lieberman Lashes Out at Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton tops 2008 rivals, gets $530M in earmarks