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5:40 PM ET, November 15, 2007


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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 …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Newsweek to Hire Karl Rove
Ellen / News Hounds:
DailyKos Smeared Again On Hannity & Colmes
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 …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Clinton campaign: Hillary would win in a landslide if the election were tomorrow  —  Mark Penn, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) chief strategist, said Thursday that the Democratic front-runner would get 360 electoral votes if the election were held tomorrow and she faced former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).
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.
Ari Melber / The Nation:
NEW CLINTON QUESTIONS?...  As Hillary Clinton aims to regain momentum …
Discussion: Redstate and Hot Air
The Atlantic Online:
Who ISN'T Planting Questions These Days?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
Saudi Arabia to Punish Survivor of Gang Rape with 200 Lashes and Prison Term
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   House Tries to Ram Through FISA Rewrite
CNN Political Ticker:
Judiciary Committee approves bill to update surveillance
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women  —  SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.  —  Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say …
Michelle Malkin:
Sedition in Olympia continues  —  Update 3:25pm Eastern.  Rock-throwing.  Concrete-pouring.  Window-breaking.  Shipment-obstructing.  And now, you can add photographer-bullying to the list of "peaceful," "non-violent" actions by the Olympia thugs (hat tip - reader Joe S.): … Update 2:34pm Eastern.
Michelle Malkin:   Sedition in Olympia: Anti-war mom drops baby human shield …
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 …
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.
"Chances I Had"  —  Script  —  My parents weren't rich.  My father left me when I was very young.  —  The one thing I was able to get was a great education.  —  We should give every child the same chances that I had.  —  By investing in early childhood education and recruiting a whole new generation of teachers.
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.) …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Goodbye, Mr. Bush  —  The Republican will to power remains ferocious.  It will take a dauntless Democratic leader to win back the White House and restore dignity to the Constitution.  —  Editor's note: Sidney Blumenthal is joining the Hillary Clinton campaign as a senior advisor, and this is his last column for Salon.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
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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Shannon D. Harrington / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Cabal
Roddie A. Burris / The State:
Choosing a president | Underdogs battling for traction in S.C.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Biggest Donors Are Digging Deeper for '08
Andrea Hopkins / Reuters:
Anti-China sentiment rouses U.S. voters
Matt Dunning / Cambridge Chronicle & Cambridge …:
Cambridge boots Boy Scouts, calls support for soldiers 'pro-war'
Ahmadinejad Says U.N. Report Vindicates Iran
Many dead in Pakistan fighting
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Rudy Giuliani's ties to Fox News
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Dems: No More Transparency
Discussion: The Corner
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Mrs. Huckabee: 2-for-3 with a grenade launcher
Discussion: Wonkette and Big Head DC
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
O'Malley draws line with Democrats
Washington Post:
Mr. Chavez's Coup  —  TENS OF thousands of Venezuelan students marched …