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7:40 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 …
Ellen / News Hounds:
DailyKos Smeared Again On Hannity & Colmes
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 …
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?
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Race to '08 podcast: Walking a fine line Thursday
Discussion: The Swamp
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Icebergs Ahead For the Democrats
Frances Harrison / BBC:
Saudi gang-rape victim is jailed
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
Saudi Arabia to Punish Survivor of Gang Rape with 200 Lashes and Prison Term
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Sources: Latest Senate FISA Bill Does Not Contain Telecom Immunity  —  This is pretty big.  As some people have been speculating today, aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have confirmed to me that the version of the FISA bill that was just reported out of the Judiciary Committee does not …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
In Twist, Senate Judiciary Spying Bill Lacks Immunity for Telecoms  —  Civil liberties groups got a stunningly unexpected win Thursday as the Senate Judiciary panel passed their version of the new government spying bill out of committee without including a provision giving immunity to telecoms …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Judiciary Committee approves bill to update surveillance
Discussion: D-Day and Think Progress
Michelle Malkin:
Sedition in Olympia: Anti-war mom drops baby human shield as anarchist kiddie shields watch  —  On Monday, I blogged about the human kiddie shields being used by anti-war thugs in Olympia to block military shipments.  This afternoon, an Olympia reader e-mailed some new …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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 …
"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.
Ex-Speaker Hastert's farewell: 'I tried my best'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert bid his colleagues farewell in a final speech Thursday, expressing worry about the "breakdown of civility" in politics.  —  Hastert, 65, became the longest-serving Republican speaker …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Hastert announces resignation
Discussion: The Swamp
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.) …
The Olympian:
At the port: What happened and what did not happen  —  Let me make something perfectly clear: The Olympian's newsroom staff did not get attacked by police when they were at the scene covering the recent port protests.  —  However, photographer Tony Overman was threatened by protesters …
Bonds Indicted By BALCO Federal Grand Jury  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Major League Baseball's all-time home run king Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday on perjury and obstruction justice charges, according to KTVU reporter Rita Williams.  —  The five-count indictment — four counts of perjury …
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 …
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Fox/Iowa GOP debate off, Romney blamed
Discussion: Riehl World View
Faiz / Think Progress:
Coal Industry Sponsoring Tonight's CNN Democratic Presidential Debate
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Obama HQ
Shannon D. Harrington / Bloomberg:
ResCap Credit Swaps Soar on Concern It May Default
Discussion: The Cabal
Matt Dunning / Cambridge Chronicle & Cambridge …:
Cambridge boots Boy Scouts, calls support for soldiers 'pro-war'
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Goodbye, Mr. Bush  —  The Republican will to power remains ferocious.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
The Atlantic Online:
Who ISN'T Planting Questions These Days?
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Mexican Leader Sees Bias in U.S. Politicking
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Why Won't New York Times Columnists Attack Each Other By Name?
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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND THE CRISIS....Jonathan Singer asked Barack Obama …
Washington Post:
Mr. Chavez's Coup  —  TENS OF thousands of Venezuelan students marched …