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8:55 AM ET, November 16, 2007

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Played for a Sucker  —  Lately, Barack Obama has been saying that major action is needed to avert what he keeps calling a "crisis" in Social Security — most recently in an interview with The National Journal.  Progressives who fought hard and successfully against the Bush administration's attempt …
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CNN:
Clinton punches back at rivals' attacks  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) — Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton fought back at criticism from some of her presidential rivals Thursday night, decrying what she termed mudslinging and defending her record against the charge that she avoids taking firm positions on controversial issues.
New York Times:
Clinton Takes Aggressive Tack at Debate  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton shifted to a much more assertive tone in a debate Thursday night by going directly after her opponents, issuing a stern warning that Democrats should stop "throwing mud" and adopting tactics "right out of the Republican playbook"
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
QUICK POST-DEBATE IMPRESSIONS  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  If the last debate was the moment where Democrats realized that the Clinton coronation was, at least, postponed, this one will be known as the debate that seemed to sharpen the contrast between Clinton and Obama and create a gap between the big two and everyone else.
Michael Scherer / Salon:
What you missed while watching the "Project Runway" premiere  —  The Democratic debate in Vegas: Fire-retardant pantsuits!  Hecklers!  Mysterious booing!  GOP-style mudslinging!  And a bizarre photo op.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama applaud at the start of the Democratic debate …
Washington Post:
Democratic Contenders Step Up Attacks in Debate
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Targeting Rivals, Clinton Gets Back on Track
Discussion: New York Sun and ScrappleFace
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Debate  —  I wish I had anything very trenchant …
Discussion: Rox Populi
James Risen / New York Times:
Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill  —  Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress over granting legal immunity to telephone companies for cooperating with the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new domestic surveillance law …
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Sources: Latest Senate FISA Bill Does Not Contain Telecom Immunity  —  This is pretty big.  As some people have been speculating today, aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have confirmed to me that the version of the FISA bill that was just reported out of the Judiciary Committee does not …
New York Times:   In Contempt  —  White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Defense Fund Set Up  —  Supporters of former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales have created a trust fund to help pay for his legal expenses, which are mounting in the face of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Gonzales committed perjury or improperly tampered with a congressional witness.
Detroit News:
Mich. presidential poll: Clinton romps; Giuliani, Romney in tight race  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a slight lead in his horserace against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination among Michigan voters while New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa calls slam Romney and Mormon faith
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   NH, Iowa Voters Get Anti-Romney Calls
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Regan v. Rupert / The Smoking Gun:
Barry Bonds Indicted
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Red Cross Monitors Barred From Guantánamo  —  A confidential 2003 manual for operating the Guantánamo detention center shows that military officials had a policy of denying detainees access to independent monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Manual exposes Guantánamo tactics
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
America suffers an epidemic of suicides among traumatised army veterans  —  More American military veterans have been committing suicide than US soldiers have been dying in Iraq, it was claimed yesterday.  —  At least 6,256 US veterans took their lives in 2005, at an average of 17 a day, according to figures broadcast last night.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Think Progress:
Three-Tour Iraq Vet: 'Our Troops Need To Come Home Now'  —  At tonight's CNN Democratic debate, the candidates heard a strong warning against U.S. military action against Iran from Christopher Jackson, a Marine who served three tours of duty in Iraq: … The entire audience, including the candidates …
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Decision time for US over Iran  —  UN nuclear report heightens tension  —  Iran has installed 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium - enough to begin industrial-scale production of nuclear fuel and build a warhead within a year, the UN's nuclear watchdog reported last night.
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
DeLay, Blackwell launch activist group  —  Two polarizing Republican political figures have joined forces to launch an organization that will seek to counter Democratic message groups on a wide range of issues.  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) explained in an interview …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Alliances In Ruins?  —  When the Democratic presidential candidates pause from beating Hillary with a stick, they join in unison to pronounce the Democratic pieties, chief among which is that George Bush has left our alliances in ruins.  As Clinton puts it, we have "alienated our friends," …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
 
 
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