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8:00 AM ET, November 12, 2007

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Paul Krugman:
Why, Barack, why?  —  The great Social Security debate of 2005 was a seminal moment for American progressives.  Conventional fiscal wisdom in the Beltway was that the aging population is THE big problem — when the truth is that grim long-run fiscal projections mainly reflect projected health care costs.
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama is Not the Anti-Hillary  —  Anyone thinking Mr. Obama is the anti-Hillary, so to speak, needs to pay attention and find another candidate.  Quickly.  This guy is so far off the Democratic party reservation I don't know where he's planting his primary flag, but it's nowhere a progressive Democrat or our party should willingly go.
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Obama, Please Stop Echoing Right-Wing Lies About Social Security!  —  Barack Obama is echoing the right's destructive narrative about Social Security being in crisis.  The crisis is that Reagan and then Bush took all the money from the Social Security Trust Fund to use for tax cuts for the rich.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Edwards, Obama vie for anti-Clinton vote  —  Democrats go all out in Iowa  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Only a half hour after an impassioned John Edwards made his pitch to a standing-room-only crowd squeezed into a community college function room, a cheerful Barack Obama took the microphone amid …
The Atlantic Online:
Journalism as Sadism  —  Garance Franke-Ruta reports from Iowa on the Village's field trip: "The joke last night at the Hotel Fort Des Moines bar is that the last thing you want to do the morning after a potentially-momentum generating speech is go on Meet the Press with Tim Russert, because he's such a tough questioner."
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Media Matters for America:
Russert misleadingly cropped Obama comment to claim he wasn't "firmly wedded against the war" … During his November 11 Meet the Press interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (IL) on NBC's Meet the Press, host Tim Russert asserted that "critics will say you've …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek.com:
So Happy Together  —  Bill archenemy Richard Mellon Scaife now has 'admiration' for him.  Huh?  —  David Lienemann / Getty Images  —  A New Game Plan: The Clintons made quiet attempts to disarm their most vocal opponents  —  Bill Clinton is never at a loss for company.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Norwegianity
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Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Sure, It's Admiration
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
'I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil'  —  Corruption Scandals Involve Alaska's Biggest Political Names  —  ANCHORAGE — When the FBI came looking for corruption in Alaska politics, it found an excellent perch in Suite 604 of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, the state capital.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Financial Times:
US strike on Iran 'not being prepared'  —  The Pentagon is not preparing a pre-emptive attack on Iran in spite of an increase in bellicose rhetoric from Washington, according to senior officers.  —  Admiral William Fallon, head of Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Agonist
DrewM / Ace of Spades HQ:
Lions for Lambs...Slaughtered  —  Looks like the Saturday night box office estimates are in and while Lions for Lambs basically doubled its take from Friday, $6.7 million in box office is only good for 4th place.  —  A distant 4th place: Bee Movie grossed $26 million, American Gangster $24 million, and Fred Claus $19 million.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and alicublog
Anchorage Daily News:
Earmarks, favors: Young used position for funds and his donors' projects  —  WASHINGTON — As chairman of the House transportation committee, Alaska Congressman Don Young flew at least three times to upstate New York aboard a jet owned by Robert Congel, an ambitious shopping mall developer seeking federal highway money.
Daily Mail:
'I feared I'd end up dead in the woods like Dr Kelly,' says biological warfare expert who criticised Britain and U.S.  —  An EU expert on biological warfare has told how she fears ending up 'dead in the woods' like scientist Dr David Kelly after an alleged campaign of intimidation by members of MI6 and the CIA.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Ron Paul's record in Congress  — by Dave  —  In the comments thread to my previous post on Ron Paul, the indispensable Trefayne compiled a series of posts on Paul's track record as a congressman, particularly those bills he sponsored or co-sponsored.  —  Here's Trefayne:
Discussion: MoJoBlog
The Corner:
Armitage on the Leak  —  Richard Armitage appeared on CNN today, discussing Pakistan but also addressing his role as the original leaker in the CIA leak affair.  He took the blame for leaking Valerie Plame Wilson's identity, but he also gave us a bit more evidence to show that …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Armitage on Leaking Plame's Identity and Smart Power
James Kilner / Reuters:
Top U.S. official backs Georgia's embattled leader  —  The top U.S. official for the Caucasus praised Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on Sunday for his leadership over the last 4 years, but suggested he lift a state of emergency and restore an independent media.
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
FORMER CONTROVERSIAL CONGRESSMAN CHARGED WITH DWI  —  DN Capitol Bureau Chief Joe Mahoney reports:  —  Former Rep. John Sweeney was charged with aggravated DWI when he was pulled over by State Police early this morning on the Northway with a 23-year-old woman in his car, police told the Daily News.
Armando Acuna / Sacramento Bee:
The Public Editor: Green reporter, Green Zone dispute, red-hot rhetoric  —  Story appeared in FORUM section, Page E3  —  When The Bee's Bobby Caina Calvan volunteered for a six-week reporting stint in Iraq, he didn't have the faintest notion he would be nominated for an award.
 
 
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Justin Hudnall / The Huffington Post:
All Soldiers Fade Away
Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times:
Two lives blurred together by a photo
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Former president parachutes into library re-opening
Discussion: Wizbang
Elizabeth L. Robbins / Washington Post:
Gifts of Thanks for the Troops
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
So, What About Those Nukes?  —  TWO years ago, when Gen. Pervez …
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John Lundberg / The Huffington Post:
George Bush's Poetic Strategery
Discussion: AMERICAblog
San Francisco Chronicle:
Official oil cleanup ramps up, frustrated volunteers turned away
Lauren Frayer / Boston Globe:
Al Qaeda fighters, ex-insurgents clash
David Smith / Observer:
Insurgents 'grilled for Iran evidence'