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1:20 PM ET, November 15, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and VodkaPundit
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Gallup Poll: Congressional Democrats Get Failing Grades
Agence France Presse:
Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes  —  A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.  —  The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers …
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 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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mitt Romney: Perfect tough guy for right-wing war cheerleaders  —  A New York Times profile this morning details what Mitt Romney was doing during the Vietnam War.  Although the article reflects quite poorly on his character, it demonstrates why his candidacy is resonating among our country's right-wing war-cheerleading faction.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:   Romney, Searching and Earnest, Set His Path in '60s
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.
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 …
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: POLITICAL LIMELIGHT  —  It's fight night in Las Vegas.  —  The jabs will fly.  The contenders will duck and weave.  They hope they land their punches and don't leave with too many bruises.  —  The action begins at 5 p.m., when the Democratic presidential candidates gather …
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.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Graham may seek to pull plug on Maliki  —  In a move that could give cover to Republicans in an increasingly tough election year, one of the Bush administration's most steadfast supporters in the Senate is indicating that he may introduce legislation later this year that could alter the administration's Iraq policy.
Discussion: Eschaton
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND THE CRISIS....Jonathan Singer asked Barack Obama on Wednesday about his use of the word "crisis" to define Social Security.  Here's what he said: … This is clever rhetorical jujitsu.  No, we bloggers don't like the Republican "crisis" framing, but we also hate the idea …
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
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 …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Indictment Suggests White House Discussed Kerik Mob Ties before …
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Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Mrs. Huckabee: 2-for-3 with a grenade launcher
Discussion: Wonkette and Big Head DC
Ellen / News Hounds:
DailyKos Smeared Again On Hannity & Colmes
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama in Orbit
The Corner:
Just as you'd suspect  —  A few folks who understand …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bill Walsh / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Jefferson case could change bribery laws
Discussion: The Corner
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A Grim Milestone Ignored
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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
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
How big a role did disgraced CIA officer have?
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Hot Air and Wizbang
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Imus Is Back!  —  But Not Quite Live!  Bloodied Radio Cowboy …
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Rep. Dennis Hastert to announce resignation Thursday