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10:10 AM ET, November 15, 2007

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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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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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
David Broder Again Writes About Clinton Marriage — Less Than A Week After Vowing Not To  —  Wow, that didn't take long.  David Broder, in a chat with readers last Friday: … David Broder, in his column today: … Now, Broder can write about whatever the hell he wants, as far as this blog is concerned.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Spitzer Drops License Plan, But Damage to Democrats is Done
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
House passes Iraq withdrawal bill
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House Passes Anti-War Bill
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Approves Funds for Military, With Strings
Discussion: Salon
Spectator:
The al Durah blood libel  —  I am in Paris where I have attended the Court of Appeal special session called to witness the 27 minutes of hitherto unseen footage of the 'killing' of Mohammed al Durah which the court had required France 2 to produce.  For readers who are unfamiliar with this scandal, I wrote about it here, here and here.
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Backspin:   Dura Discredited  —  HonestReporting together with Take-A-Pen covered …
Nidra Poller / Pajamas Media:
AL DURA AFFAIR: DID THE RAW FOOTAGE SINK FRANCE 2'S CASE?
Discussion: A Blog For All and Jihad Watch
Richard Landes / Augean Stables:
Gambling with a Lie: Enderlin pulls a Rosemary Woods
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Salon and MSNBC
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
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Imus Is Back!  —  But Not Quite Live!  Bloodied Radio Cowboy Returns Dec. 3 With 21-Second Delay; WABC Says Ad Sales Going at Fast Clip; First Day's Guest, Carville; Ambivalent Russert Battered on Blogs  —  EDITION OF THE NEW YORK OBSERVER.  —  Philip Burke
Lily Quateman / The Politico:
Most at NYU say their vote has a price  —  Two-thirds say they'll do it for a year's tuition.  And for a few, even an iPod touch will do.  —  That's what NYU students said they'd take in exchange for their right to vote in the next presidential election, a recent survey by an NYU journalism class found.
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: Gallup
 
 
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Sally Quinn: Gee, There's This Thing Called Religion!
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Spitzer Abandons Amazon Tax
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
The Osmonds sing praises of Romney
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
New Attorney General opposes changes to wiretap law
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
Clinton's Rivals Adopt More Partisan Approach
Discussion: The Caucus and ScrappleFace
P. Solomon Banda / Associated Press:
Court Clears Way for Egg Rights Showdown
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
MSNBC:
How big a role did disgraced CIA officer have?
 Earlier Items: 
The Atlantic Online:
The GOP and the Race Issue
CBS News:
GAO: Bomb Parts Snuck Past Airport Checks
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
McCain and Romney Aides Hit Rudy on Kerik
Gail Collins / New York Times:
What Happens in Vegas ...  I'm sure you are excited …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Jim Garamone / DefenseLINK:
U.S. Examines 'Plan B' for Supplying Troops in Afghanistan
Patrick Ruffini:
I Need 1,165 People Before Midnight
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Peter A. Brown / The Politico:
Immigration is new affirmative action