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4:25 PM ET, November 13, 2007


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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush vetoes health and education bill  —  NEW ALBANY, Ind. - President Bush, escalating his budget battle with Congress, on Tuesday vetoed a spending measure for health and education programs prized by congressional Democrats.  —  He also signed a big increase in the Pentagon's non-war budget although …
New York Times:
Bush Vetoes Major Domestic Spending Measure  —  President Bush on Tuesday vetoed a major spending measure that would have funded education, health care and job training programs, saying it contained money for too many of the special projects known as earmarks.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Veto Sets Stage for Budget Battle  —  President Bush vetoed a $606 billion spending bill Tuesday that would have funded education, health and labor programs for the current fiscal year, complaining that it was larded with pork and too expensive as he took aim at a top priority of the new Democratic Congress.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Reid threatens funds for Iraq war
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Washington Wire:   Veto Marks Shift in Funding Fight
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
A Not-So-Perfect Picture of Party Unity  —  On both sides of the ticket, the presidential nominating contest is growing increasingly combative, as voters may well witness Thursday during a debate in Las Vegas among the Democratic candidates.  —  So how is John Edwards feeling …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Vultures circling in Iowa  —  A key Obama supporter in Iowa, former Democratic Party Chair Gordon Fischer, offered a glimpse into where his campaign sees growth: In scooping up Edwards supporters.  —  "It's going to move much more to a two-person race - Barack Obama and Hillary," …
Discussion: The Swamp and Taylor Marsh
HILLARY CLINTON LIBRARY CARD  —  On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton consistently speaks to her level of experience; yet, she will not allow details of that experience to be reviewed by the public.  —  The American people deserve to know what information is being guarded in her libraries.
The Politico:
Democrats remain stalled on Iraq debate  —  As the congressional session lurches toward a close, Democrats are confronting some demoralizing arithmetic on Iraq.  —  The numbers tell a story of political and substantive paralysis more starkly than most members are willing to acknowledge publicly, or perhaps even to themselves.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Dems Fool Netroots: Quietly Fund Iraq While Talking Tough
Discussion: Wake up America
The Fact Hub:
Sen. Edwards Proposes Unconstitutional Law In New Ad  —  Sen. Edwards has a new TV advertisement about health care where he proposes the following law: … The problem is, Sen. Edwards doesn't have the power to take health care away from Congress unilaterally—he'd have to propose a law.
Ezra Klein:
His Ideas Are Good, But I Want More Bullet Points
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sunstein on Edwards' health care threat
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Man Found Dead, Stuck In Cat Door  —  \32-Year-Old Trying To Get In Girlfriend's Home  —  ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — St. Johns County deputies recently launched an investigation into what they called one of the strangest accidents they've ever seen when a man was found dead after getting stuck in a cat door.
Alan Krueger / AMERICAN.COM:
What Makes a Terrorist  —  It's not poverty and lack of education, according to economic research by Princeton's ALAN KRUEGER.  Look elsewhere.  —  In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, policymakers, scholars, and ordinary citizens asked a key question …
Tim Grieve / Salon:
Clinton, McCain and the B-word  —  At a campaign event in South Carolina Monday, a female supporter asked John McCain: "How do we beat the bitch?"  —  If the Arizona senator objected to that particular characterization of Sen. Hillary Clinton, he didn't exactly say so.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Say It Enough Times It Must Be True  —  First the Clinton campaign whines that the other candidates were picking on the girl.  Then, standing up to Russert is like standing up to Hitler.  Then Bill Clinton compared Russert to the Swift Boat Vets.  Now the Clinton campaign is warning Wolf Blizter that he better not "pull a Russert."
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
Karim Amer is getting tortured in Prison  —  Abdel Karim Soliman, famously now known as Karim Amer, who got jailed for "disdain for religion" and "insulting the president" on his blog, is reportedly getting tortured by the Prison authorities. … I wish I could say I am surprised by this …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court takes no action on gun case  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced no action on a new case testing the meaning of the Second Amendment — an issue the Court has not considered in 68 years.  The Orders List contained no mention of either the District of Columbia's appeal (07-290) …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Planting Paranoia  —  There are good reasons to be paranoid after seven years of the Bush administration.  Questions for pres conferences are frequently screened beforehand.  Pundits are paid off to shill for Bush administration policy without revealing it.
Opinion Journal:
Movin' On Up  —  A Treasury study refutes populist hokum about "income inequality."  —  If you've been listening to Mike Huckabee or John Edwards on the Presidential trail, you may have heard that the U.S. is becoming a nation of rising inequality and shrinking opportunity.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Post Critic Page Apologizes for E-Mail Remarks To Barry Aide  —  A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The Washington Post has apologized to D.C. Council member Marion Barry for sending an intemperate e-mail to his spokesman.  —  "It's the stupidest thing I've done in 30 years in journalism," music critic Tim Page said yesterday.
2/3 of NYers Oppose Gov's License Proposals - New & Old  —  Spitzer Job Performance Is 2:1 Negative; Plurality View Him Unfavorably  —  Nearly Half of Voters Prefer "Someone Else" Over Spitzer for 2010  —  Loudonville, NY, Seven in ten New York voters who have read or heard …
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Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Omaha mayor says no to Senate run
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Turn-Around In Iraq  —  My optimistic military emailer from yesterday …
Discussion: and INSTAPUTZ
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
A Consumer Reports: Geared for Combat II
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 25% Believe Democratic Candidates Are Piling On Hillary
Glenn Reynolds /
Royal insult echoes persecution of Christ, says Venezuelan leader
Robert Pear / New York Times:
One Lawmaker's Waste Is Another's Namesake
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
A new page in O'Connors' love story
Richard Benedetto / The Politico:
In wartime, low death toll is news, too
Discussion: Associated Press and Romenesko
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate GOP leaders target earmarks
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Tancredo campaign ad sets off bomb
Kevin J. Martin / New York Times:
The Daily Show  —  IN many towns and cities, the newspaper is an endangered species.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Creative Destruction  —  The best case against universal health care.