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2:35 PM ET, November 14, 2007


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Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar  —  In the genteel world of bridge, disputes are usually handled quietly and rarely involve issues of national policy.  But in a fight reminiscent of the brouhaha over an anti-Bush statement by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in 2003 …
David Hill / The Hill:
Ron Paul: Trouble back home  —  While Texan Ron Paul's stock is soaring nationally, there is trouble on the home front.  In September, Paul finished third in a straw poll of 1,300 Texas Republican activists who had been delegates to recent Republican conventions.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Clinton 42% Giuliani 39% Ron Paul 8%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found Hillary Clinton leading Rudy Giuliani by three percentage points in a four-way race that includes Ron Paul running as a Libertarian candidate and Ralph Nader representing the Green Party.
Peter Berkowitz / Opinion Journal:
The Insanity of Bush Hatred  —  Our politics suffer when passions overcome reason and vitriol becomes virtue.  —  Hating the president is almost as old as the republic itself.  The people, or various factions among them, have indulged in Clinton hatred, Reagan hatred, Nixon hatred …
The Hill:
Senate Dem leaders float plan for forced filibuster  —  Senate Democrats might force Republicans to wage a filibuster if the GOP wants to block the latest Iraq withdrawal bill, aides and senators said Tuesday.  —  That could set the stage for a dramatic end-of-the-year partisan showdown …
Kevin / Stop Her Now:
Trouble for Hillary in Ohio  —  Hillary is getting some bad news about the key state of Ohio.  The most recent Quinnipiac poll is full of bad news for the former first lady.  Let's run down the bullet points:  — Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and New York …
Discussion: Political Machine
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
VOTER ID....The State of Indiana has the most stringent voter ID laws in the country.  Democrats are always griping about this, and have even gone so far as to challenge Indiana's law in the Supreme Court.  But this is just silly.  In this day and age everyone has a photo ID anyway, so what's the problem?
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
Spitzer's Christmas Tax Surprise  —  Aims To Collect Levies on Sales Over Internet  —  New Yorkers going Christmas shopping online at will find an 8.375% surprise at the virtual cash register, courtesy of Governor Spitzer, who is moving aggressively to collect Internet sales taxes that have gone widely unenforced.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Says Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause  —  Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Bush strategist looks back in sadness  —  AT HIS TEXAS RANCH: Matthew Dowd, political strategist and former Bush advisor, says of the president: "I don't think he's evil or bad.  I think he's a good person that didn't accomplish what he set out to do."  —  Matthew Dowd helped win the White House.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Who Wants To Be The Analog To Kos At Newsweek?  —  Via a number of sources, Markos Moulitsas has won a column assignment at Newsweek.  In a press release, the magazine announced that Markos will occasionally appear in both the print and on-line versions of the periodical …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Kathleen Willey Interview  —  Yesterday, I did a phone interview with Kathleen Willey, who has a new book out: Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.  —  What follows is a transcript of our conversation, edited slightly for readability's sake.
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Giuliani's House of Mirrors  —  The Giuliani campaign is playing a beautiful game of three card monte with the national media regarding the expectations game in Iowa and New Hampshire - not that I've ventured out of the Cathedral to actually witness such a sinful game of tricks and deceit. ...
Discussion: The Corner and New York Times
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Krongard Recuses Himself from Blackwater Investigations  —  Howard "Cookie" Krongard said he's just learned that his brother is on Blackwater's advisory board and has formally recused himself from investigating the company.  —  Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) asked when Krongard learned his brother …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Gavel
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Contact  —  The FISA bill (S. 2248) mark-up is set for tomorrow morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The business meeting is set for 10 am ET — am waiting to hear whether C-Span will be covering it, but I've put in a request.  Here's hoping...  In the meantime, I thought we could spend …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Sensitive Guantánamo Bay Manual Leaked Through Wiki Site  —  A never-before-seen military manual detailing the day-to-day operations of the U.S. military's Guantánamo Bay detention facility has been leaked to the web, affording a rare inside glimpse into the institution …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dissension hits Romney campaign  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has television ads and mailings on standby to attack Rudy Giuliani but so far has not used them because of an internal dispute about the risks of a backlash in going negative on the Republican front-runner …
New York Times:
President of Columbia Is Criticized  —  Lee C. Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, was confronted yesterday by discontented professors who gathered more than 100 faculty signatures for a document criticizing his leadership.  —  Their "statement of concern," read to him at a faculty meeting …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain Blogger Call
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Hillary's record withstands 'character' attacks
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Brian Montopoli / Associated Press:
Do Campaigns Routinely Plant Questions?
Amanda / Think Progress:
Where's Fredo?  —  This morning, Michael Mukasey was officially sworn …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Birder Admits Killing Cat, but Was It Animal Cruelty?
Discussion: The New Republic and Althouse
Mary Jo White / USA Today:
No easy answers to al-Qaeda threat
Rep. Jim McGovern / The Huffington Post:
Senator Obama's Curious Comments on Meet the Press
Discussion: TalkLeft and MSNBC
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CBS News:
Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The Union of England and Scotland is over
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Max Boot / New York Times:
Send the State Department to War
Michael D. Tanner / Cato-at-liberty:
Not to Say We Told You So, But...  The latest reports …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review Online:
Devil with the Blue Dress
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and TBogg
Washington Post:
Scam Could Total $31 Million
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Should Hillary Pretend to Be a Flight Attendant?
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
GOP Primary Story Stars a Democratic Antagonist

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