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6:05 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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MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for Nov. 11, 2007  —  Barack Obama  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues.  An exclusive interview with Democrat Barack Obama.  He was elected United States senator in 2004 and served in the Illinois state senate for eight years prior.
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
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama: Tax more income for Soc Sec  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday that if elected he will push to increase the amount of income that is taxed to provide monthly Social Security benefits.  —  Obama and other Democratic presidential candidates previously have signaled support for this idea.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:   McCain talks big on seven-candidate Sunday
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and A NEWT ONE
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Armitage on Leaking Plame's Identity and Smart Power
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: The Agonist
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Hudnall / The Huffington Post:
All Soldiers Fade Away  —  Most everyone knows the pivotal quote from General Douglas MacArthur's farewell address, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."  The note he chose to end on in 1951 was modestly triumphant, the perfect close to the career of a consummate soldier.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
So, What About Those Nukes?  —  TWO years ago, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf still seemed secure in his rule over Pakistan, he was asked a question that is now urgently coursing through Washington: Are his country's nuclear weapons safe from Islamic radicals?  —  Pakistan's nuclear protections …
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Gifts of Thanks for the Troops
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George Bush's Poetic Strategery
Discussion: AMERICAblog
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
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Discussion: TIME
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Bob Schieffer's Commentary On Pat Robertson, God And Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Telegraph:
White House frustrated with Brown over Iran
Sister Toldjah:
Celebrating America and what makes her so great
Mark Harris / EW.com:
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