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3:40 PM ET, November 15, 2007


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Faiz / Think Progress:
Karl Rove Hired As Newsweek Contributor To 'Balance' Markos  —  Earlier this week, Newsweek announced that it is hiring DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas as a contributor for the 2008 presidential campaign, offering occasional opinion pieces.  Markos said, "Newsweek is 'balancing …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Redstate
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Karl Rove's New Gig  —  Less than three months after leaving the Bush White House, Karl Rove is becoming a member of a community not all that popular with administration officials: the media.  —  Newsweek has signed the president's former deputy chief of staff as a commentator who will turn …
Ellen / News Hounds:
DailyKos Smeared Again On Hannity & Colmes  —  Apparently, there's only so much balance the FOX News conservatives can take and it's not very much.  Just a few days after Sean Hannity's WABC radio program director tried to have a DailyKos blogger arrested when he attempted to ask Sean Hannity …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Juan Williams defines 'journalist'
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Newsweek to Hire Karl Rove
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 …
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.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE RELAUNCH  —  Can Barack Obama catch Hillary Clinton? … From 1993 to 2004, Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School.  According to his students, he was a gifted teacher.  "If you had just a surface opinion, he would ask why you held it.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND THE CRISIS....Jonathan Singer asked Barack Obama …
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
Saudi Arabia to Punish Survivor of Gang Rape with 200 Lashes and Prison Term
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 …
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 …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Gallup Poll: Congressional Democrats Get Failing Grades
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
David Broder Again Writes About Clinton Marriage — Less Than A Week …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Jon Swift
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Dems: No More Transparency  —  For those wondering why Democrats in Congress get such terrible grades in Gallup's latest polling, it might be because of moves like this one: … It's stunning that Congressional leaders would propose a new law to block Congress and the public from simply reviewing the details of the federal budget.
Discussion: The Corner
The Corner:   Just as you'd suspect  —  A few folks who understand …
Washington Post:
Mr. Chavez's Coup  —  TENS OF thousands of Venezuelan students marched to the Supreme Court in Caracas last week to protest the new "socialist" constitutional reform that President Hugo Chavez is preparing to impose on the country.  On their return, students from the Central University …
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
New Attorney General opposes changes to wiretap law  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In his second day on the job, Attorney General Michael Mukasey leaped into the political fray, telling a key Democratic senator he opposes his electronic surveillance plan and would recommend the president veto it if it is passed.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
White House budget head fires back at Reid 'bluster' on Iraq war funding  —  White House budget director Jim Nussle on Wednesday stepped up his attacks on the Democratic management of the appropriations process, and suggested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Why Won't New York Times Columnists Attack Each Other By Name?
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
"Bridging" the gap on Treason
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: Alleviating 'the epidemic of aviation delays'
Discussion: New York Times
Rudy Giuliani's ties to Fox News
Christmas insanity: 'Ho, ho, ho' becomes 'Ha, ha, ha'
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Mrs. Huckabee: 2-for-3 with a grenade launcher
Discussion: Wonkette and Big Head DC
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Graham may seek to pull plug on Maliki
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama in Orbit
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mitt Romney: Perfect tough guy for right-wing war cheerleaders
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
O'Malley draws line with Democrats
Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Jefferson case could change bribery laws
Discussion: The Corner
Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
A Grim Milestone Ignored
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Atlas Shrugs
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Is a Unified Field Theory of Hillary Hatred Possible?
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
1968: The Long Goodbye  —  Can America rise above the divisions of the 1960s?
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Foreclosures Hit a Snag for Lenders
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Vox Popoli