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3:25 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
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 …
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
Discussion: The Caucus
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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Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:   Obama Picks Up a Coveted Endorsement in N.H.
Beth Reinhard / MiamiHerald.com:
GOP's top tier to join Spanish debate  —  Republican presidential contenders Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney have agreed to join a Spanish-language debate next month at the University of Miami.  —  AIM breinhard@MiamiHerald.com  —  Jilted by the GOP earlier this year …
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Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Giuliani and the Right's Shifting Priorities
Discussion: The Corner
Noam Scheiber / The Stump:
Is Romney Running Away With It?
Discussion: My Man Mitt.com and CNN
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time
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 …
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 …
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Edwards waffles on defense spending  —  In a campaign with more waffling than a Shoney's breakfast buffet, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina said there's one thing you can count on from him: a straight answer.  —  "What we saw in the debate were the politics of double talk," …
Discussion: The Swamp
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USA Today:
Flush with donations, Paul has a sudden political windfall
Discussion: Donklephant and David Corn
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.
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: MyDD and 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 …
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
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
Two New Hampshire Polls Will Show Shrinking Clinton Lead
Drew Cline:
Biden: Democrats have lost faith in the American people
Discussion: Wizbang, Don Surber and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
BlogWorld Expo Panel Discussion: Raising The Level Of Discourse
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Ohio Gov. Strickland endorses Clinton
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Condoleezza Rice / Newsweek.com:
'If I Had to Do It Over Again'  —  Condi Rice admits the U.S …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Stop the Madness
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Lieberman Lashes Out at Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line