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12:50 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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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
On Campaign Bus, Obama Opens Up About Challengers  —  Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) took on his two principal rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, arguing that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cannot appeal to independents and Republicans as effectively as he can and asserting …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
'President Clinton's Not on the Ballot'
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani won't say if he'd pardon Kerik as President  —  BY MARY RAE BRAGG in Dubuque, Iowa, and DAVID SALTONSTALL in New York  —  Rudy Giuliani refused to say if he'd consider pardoning his old friend Bernie Kerik - who was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges - if elected President.
Marc Santora / The Caucus:
McCain Plays a Kerik Card
Discussion: Spin Cycle
New York Post:
KERIK FACES JAIL ON FEDS' TAX RAP
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 Wins Vote in Senate, Despite Doubts  —  The Senate confirmed Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night, approving him despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terrorism detainees.
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
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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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 …
Washington Post:
Bhutto Detained at Home  —  Police Also Detained Over 5,000 Opposition Party Members Throughout Pakistan  —  Security officials barricaded former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto inside her home behind barbed wire, concrete blocks and armored cars on Friday morning, and turned out in force …
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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 …
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 and TownHall Blog
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K T Cat / The Scratching Post:   Blogworld Expo 07 - Raising the Level of Political Discourse
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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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Lieberman Lashes Out at Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate's only "independent Democrat" is lashing out at the party whose vice presidential nominee he once was, accusing its leaders of betraying the tradition of presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
 
 
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Ohio governor endorses Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Jessica Holzer / The Hill:
Centrist Dems in tough spot on Alternative Minimum Tax bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Huckabee's Salvation  —  Dr. James Dobson, who has largely …
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Gardner willing to wait out Michigan on primary
Discussion: Open Left, MyDD and National Review
Condoleezza Rice / Newsweek.com:
'If I Had to Do It Over Again'  —  Condi Rice admits the U.S …
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Questions for Trita Parsi
Des Moines Register:
Dodd campaign's pledge on caucus hotly debated
Discussion: MSNBC
 Earlier Items: 
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
Greg Krikorian / Los Angeles Times:
12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation
Fisnik Abrashi / Associated Press:
59 schoolchildren killed in Afghan blast
JoinRudy2008:
PAT ROBERTSON ENDORSES RUDY GIULIANI FOR PRESIDENT
Discussion: Los Angeles Times