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11:45 AM ET, November 13, 2007


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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.
Associated Press:
La. Pol's 'Buckwheat' Remark Sparks Ire  —  HOUMA, La. (AP) — A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign "Buckwheat," prompting the NAACP to urge voters to kick her out of office.  —  Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat …
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) …
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Edwards announces paid family leave plan  —  CONCORD, N.H. - When it comes to helping parents take time off from work, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is raising the stakes.  —  The former North Carolina senator on Tuesday will propose spending $2 billion a year …
Donald Lambro /
Dems Tie Up Fiscal 2008 Appropriations Bill in Pork  —  WASHINGTON — Despite the Democrats' pledge to get control of their addiction to wasteful spending, their mountain of pork-barrel provisions has prevented Congress from passing its appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate GOP leaders target earmarks
Discussion: techPresident
Josh White / Washington Post:
'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say  —  The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"— including higher oil prices …
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
Your FCC At Work  —  In the most bizarre example yet of GOP corporate welfare, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has taken to the op-ed page of the New York Times to propose that — in order to save the newspaper industry — big-city papers should now be permitted to purchase a television or radio station in their market.
Kevin J. Martin / New York Times:   The Daily Show  —  IN many towns and cities, the newspaper is an endangered species.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Voters dismiss 'piling on' charge  —  Most Americans reject the charge that other presidential candidates are "piling on" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll.  —  Only 25 percent of voters said recent criticism …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Note to HRC staffers: Trust your candidate  —  Does Hillary Clinton really need to plant questions?  —  Does the Clinton campaign really need to twist a college kid's arm to ask Clinton a question about climate change at a climate change event?  —  After Clinton toured a biodiesel plant in Newton …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Student given question to ask Clinton: I just want honesty
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Don Surber
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian minister  —  Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learnt.  —  Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit …
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 …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Righting Reagan's Wrongs?  —  Let's set the record straight on Ronald Reagan's campaign kickoff in 1980.  —  Early one morning in the late spring of 1964, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, her husband, Robert, and their 17-year-old son, David, said goodbye to David's brother, Andrew, who was 20.
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Dances With Wolves...  is the real reason the Dems can't talk about, much less show their support for, the turnaround in Iraq.  Happy Feet is how they're working on their kids.  Rich points out that the press doesn't want to report improvement in Iraq.  Ralph Peters makes the same point …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Lotta Cuts  —  Okay, we're starting to get some good tips to help us flesh out Rudy's new promise that he'll replace only 50% of federal workers slated to retire over the next decade.  —  TPM Reader JR points us to this article in Government Executive magazine that notes that ...
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Panel May Cut Sentences For Crack  —  An independent panel is considering reducing the sentences of inmates incarcerated in federal prisons for crack cocaine offenses, which would make thousands of people immediately eligible to be freed.  —  The U.S. Sentencing Commission …
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.
New York Post:
A 'FORGOTTEN' WAR  —  AS IRAQ IMPROVES, COVERAGE DRIES UP  —  LAST weekend's news coverage of our veterans was welcome, but deceptive.  The "mainstream media" honored aging heroes and noted the debt we owe to today's wounded warriors - but deftly avoided in-depth coverage from Iraq.  Why?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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