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4:40 PM ET, November 12, 2007

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New York Times:
A New Channel for Soft Money Starts Flowing  —  The so-called Wounded Warriors Act, legislation intended to improve health care for veterans, has attracted nearly unanimous, bipartisan support in Congress.  So why would the newly formed Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America begin running …
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Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
McCain's Principle, and its Price
Discussion: The Caucus
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'Betray Us' backer to lead pro-Dem group
Discussion: Say Anything
Tad Daley / philly.com:
Iran has a right to seek nuclear capability  —  is a writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace laureate  —  Some call it "the nuclear double standard;" others, "nuclear apartheid;" still others, "America's nuclear hypocrisy."
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Little Green Footballs:   Anti-Nuke Activist: Iran Has a 'Right' to Nukes
Cernig / The Newshoggers:   Reading Comprehension
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The Atlantic Online:
Nat'l Right To Life Endorses Thompson
Discussion: jillstanek.com and MSNBC
Fortune:
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Obama goes for the capillaries  —  Barack Obama delivers a rousing speech in Iowa on Saturday night, all but calling out Hillary Clinton, and then gets weak-kneed on Sunday morning.  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Nov. 10 in Des Moines.
Discussion: Eunomia, Political Machine and MSNBC
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Nitya / Political Radar:
Falling Flags  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper and Rick Klein Report: It's been a rough stretch for Hillary Clinton — a tough debate performance, a lost voice, and the revelation that the Clinton campaign had been coaching questioners at events.  —  Then, on Sunday, everything started falling down around her.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Farmers Ask Federal Court To Dissociate Hemp and Pot  —  Wayne Hauge grows grains, chickpeas and some lentils on 2,000 acres in northern North Dakota.  Business is up and down, as the farming trade tends to be, and he is always on the lookout for a new crop.  He tried sunflowers and safflowers and black beans.
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Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
High on hemp  —  Of all the dunderheaded policies in the war …
Discussion: The American Street
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Reason No. 384 Why I Love Our Commenters  —  Richard Armitage was a guest on CNN's Late Edition yesterday.  Crooks and Liars has the full clip of his appearance where, surprisingly, he was asked about his betrayal of Valerie Plame Wilson (to both Bob Novak and Bob Woodward, just to be clear on all the facts, since only Novak comes up).
Discussion: NYT, RADAMISTO and A NEWT ONE
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Jules Crittenden:
LFL LOL  —  Hollywood anti-war Bush-bash surge tanks at the box office.  UK Guardian: Lions for Lambs turns out to be a turkey.  Spanked by a B, I mean Bee Movie, a gangster's flick and some holiday schlock. … As predicted by Agence France Presse: … The French pegged it.
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
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BBC:
Climate scepticism: The top 10  —  What are some of the reasons why "climate sceptics" dispute the evidence that human activities such as industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation are bringing potentially dangerous changes to the Earth's climate?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SPEAKING SOFTLY....Admiral William Fallon thinks that the war party needs to ratchet down its Iran rhetoric, and today David Ignatius reports that Efraim Halevy, the former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, agrees: … This is, though hardly a majority view in Israel, not an uncommon one either.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Broder Says He Won't Write About Rudy's Marriage — Despite Devoting Multiple Columns To The Clinton Marriage  —  I'd missed this on Friday but it's definitely worth a quick note.  Check this out from David Broder's chat with readers: … So Broder won't be writing about the Clinton and Giuliani marriages going forward?
James Glanz / New York Times:
Security Guard Fires From Convoy, Killing Iraqi Driver  —  An Iraqi taxi driver was shot and killed on Saturday by a guard with DynCorp International, a private security company hired to protect American diplomats here, when a DynCorp convoy rolled past a knot of traffic on an exit ramp in Baghdad …
Cass Sunstein / The Coffee House:
Colorado Springs and the Politics of Conformity  —  What are the effects of the Internet on democracy?  The answer depends, of course, on how people use the Internet.  But let's begin with a possible clue, coming from a small experiment in democracy, held in Colorado in 2005.
Telegraph:
Norman Mailer  —  Norman Mailer, who died on Saturday aged 84, was a novelist, journalist, film-maker and relentlessly tendentious controversialist who subscribed wholeheartedly to the American notion of the writer as tough guy.  —  Mailer's reputation was made by his first novel …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Jon Tester: "I'd Be More Surprised If Bush Didn't Bomb Iran Before the Next Election Than If He Did"  —  On Saturday night Howie Klein and I went to a dinner at the home of Rick Jacobs (Courage Campaign) for Jon Tester, who was raising money for his PAC to support Democratic Senatorial candidates in 2008.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top Rudy aides seek to set expectations
The Atlantic Online:
Did Paul Berman Tell Us So?
Debra Bruno / LAW.com:
SUPREME COURT WATCH
Discussion: The Swamp and The BLT
Mackubin Thomas Owens / National Review:
Slandering the American Soldier
Juan Cole:
Maliki Said to Induct 18,000 Militiamen into Security Services
The Corner:
Mars, Venus  —  Sometimes the chasm between the male & female varieties …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Rothenberg: The GOP's Not Dead Yet
Discussion: Eunomia and DownWithTyranny!
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Michelle Obama: Inferiority Complex Prevents Blacks From Supporting Obama
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Even ascendant, Dems wary of 'liberal' label
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton suddenly vulnerable as bruises start to show
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Ron Paul's record in Congress
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'I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil'
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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