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11:55 AM ET, November 15, 2007

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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Iraqis Wasting An Opportunity, U.S. Officers Say  —  With Attacks Ebbing, Government Is Urged to Reach Out to Opponents  —  CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Senior military commanders here now portray the intransigence of Iraq's Shiite-dominated government as the key threat facing the U.S. effort in Iraq …
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Approves Bill Linking War Funds, Troop Withdrawals  —  The House yesterday approved a war funding bill that directs President Bush to withdraw most troops from Iraq by the end of next year, escalating a feud between the White House and congressional Democrats over spending priorities in wartime.
Washington Post:   Strategic Drift  —  With apparent disregard for the opinion …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Widely Disappointed With Democrats in Congress  —  Majority more displeased than content with handling of seven issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Amidst a swirl of public dissatisfaction about the Iraq war, the economy, government corruption, and with President Bush more generally …
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Gallup documents public disgust with Congress; Big Government faces paralysis by promise  —  Gallup's latest survey turns up extensive evidence of deep public disgust with the performance of the Democratic majority in Congress.  On six major issues, Gallup found solid majorities either disappointed …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and VodkaPundit
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Icebergs Ahead For the Democrats  —  As the Democratic presidential race finally gets down to brass tacks, two issues are becoming paramount.  But only one of them is clearly on the table.  —  That is the issue of illegal immigration.  A very smart Democrat, a veteran of the Clinton administration …
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
David Broder Again Writes About Clinton Marriage — Less Than A Week …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Is a Unified Field Theory of Hillary Hatred Possible?  —  Ross Baker gives a quote to the NYT about Hillary that shows why political scientists make bad political strategists: … That's a devastating accusation all right—but it's devastating to the candidate who makes it.
Discussion: Stop Her Now and JustOneMinute
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
In Las Vegas, Chance for Clinton to Undo Damage  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton heads into tonight's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas with an opportunity: to try to erase the unflattering image that her chief rivals, and her own mistakes, have helped create.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pardon Me?  —  Hillary Clinton Takes Cash From Recipients of Husband's Controversial Pardons  —  Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks about her health care policy on Sept. 18, 2007.  An examination of Clinton's fundraising donors reveals three donors …
Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Jefferson case could change bribery laws  —  Congress moves to redefine 'official acts'  —  WASHINGTON — Bribery has been around as long as politics, but recent provocative legal challenges have prompted Congress to look at rewriting the laws to spell out more clearly what it means to be on the take.
Discussion: The Corner
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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
New Attorney General opposes changes to wiretap law
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Times:
U.S. Is Looking Past Musharraf in Case He Falls  —  Almost two weeks into Pakistan's political crisis, Bush administration officials are losing faith that the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can survive in office and have begun discussing what might come next, according to senior administration officials.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Romney, Searching and Earnest, Set His Path in '60s  —  In December 1968, Mitt Romney returned home from a Mormon mission in France to find a changed country.  —  While assassinations, race riots, sit-ins and marches transformed his generation, Mr. Romney spent more than two years cloistered …
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
NEW CLINTON QUESTIONS?...  As Hillary Clinton aims to regain momentum in tonight's presidential debate, new videos have surfaced on YouTube with young voters asking her questions that are similar to the fake question posed by a Grinnell college student last week.
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
1968: The Long Goodbye  —  Can America rise above the divisions of the 1960s?  Not yet.  —  It's too bad Barack Obama wasn't able to meet Abbie Hoffman.  I don't know if Hillary Clinton ever met Hoffman, who died in 1989, but like any young person up and running in America in the late 1960s, she knows him well.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Foreclosures Hit a Snag for Lenders  —  A federal judge in Ohio has ruled against a longstanding foreclosure practice, potentially creating an obstacle for lenders trying to reclaim properties from troubled borrowers and raising questions about the legal standing of investors in mortgage securities pools.
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Vox Popoli
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
O'Malley draws line with Democrats  —  Backing abortion rights candidates 'borders on scandal'  —  BALTIMORE - Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, saying the Democratic Party has been persistently hostile to opponents of abortion rights, asserted yesterday that the support of many Catholics …
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Rep. Dennis Hastert to announce resignation Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to announce Thursday on the House floor that he is retiring from Congress, a senior aide to the congressman told CNN Wednesday.  —  The aide said that Hastert …
 
 
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