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9:05 PM ET, November 16, 2007


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The Atlantic Online:
"Diamonds v. Pearls" Student Blasts CNN (Updated With CNN Response)  —  Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can We Just Close Down CNN?  —  Probably like a lot of people I was stunned at the amazingly lame and I'd say fairly offensive diamonds or pearls question that closed out last night's debate.  I'd assumed they'd just given the last question to a complete dingbat.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
CNN Spokesman Confirms Network Chose "Diamonds And Pearls" Question  —  Okay, we've got some more detail for you on the controversy surrounding CNN and the girl who asked Hillary whether she prefers "diamonds or pearls" at the close of last night's debate.  —  Specifically, a CNN spokesperson confirmed …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Your Most Trusted Name In News
Faiz / Think Progress:
'Diamonds or pearls'? CNN made her do it.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Erin P. Billings / Roll Call:
Reid to Keep Senate in Session to Prevent Recess Appointments  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to keep the chamber in session over the Thanksgiving break to block President Bush from making any unsavory recess appointments while Senators are out of town.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Democrats unable to bring troops home  —  WASHINGTON - Nearly a year after anti-war voters put them in power, congressional Democrats remain unable to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq.  Frustrated by Republican roadblocks, Democrats now plan to sit on President Bush's $196 billion request …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Iraq spending bill stalls in Senate
Discussion: New York Times
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Those Anti-Romney Calls  —  Western Wats, the company making the calls, is based in Orem, Utah.  One of its dialers, Amanda Earnshaw, has maxed out to Romney for the primary.  The company's founder, Ron Lindorf (he sold it years ago), is noted here as a founder of the BYU Business School.
Liz Mair:
Romney and the religion bashing calls  —  I've been talking to a number of people about this issue of calls being made to voters in IA and NH saying not very nice things about Mormonism all day, and here are some thoughts.  —  First off, I've been pleased to see that the McCain camp was quick …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney: Attacking faith is 'un-American'
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Michelle Malkin:
My best friend, Joy Behar  —  The nattering nabobs of ninnyism on "The View" never cease to amaze.  You may recall last month when "View" co-host Joy Behar appeared on the Bill Maher show and called me a "selfish bitch" because I questioned Harry Reid's poster family for the massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion.
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications:
Huge Admin. Win in 9th Cir. on Terrorist Surveillance Litigation — 3-0 Vote, and all the Judges are Carter and Clinton Appointees.  Who can MoveOn blame now?  —  Filed under: Civil Liberties, Court Decisions, General, Government, Judiciary, Law, Terrorism, War — WLS @ 12:48 pm
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Eliot Spitzer's Death Wish  —  New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has taken a lot of abuse in recent weeks—for his hastily-dropped plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, his quickly-withdrawn plan to tax internet purchases, and his move to speed-up release for violent criminals.
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
Obama Exposes Regional Difference With Clinton As Debate Turns For Him  —  [Commentary] U.S. Sen. Barack Obama tonight turned in his strongest presidential debate performance and exposed a clear regional difference with front-runner Hillary Clinton.  —  Is $97,000 a lot of money?
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Democratic Party's Image More Positive Than GOP's  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans are much more positive in their assessments of the Democratic Party than of the Republican Party — consistent with a trend Gallup has measured since April 2006.
Associated Press:
Flying Spaghetti Monster's existence mulled  —  (AP) — When some of the world's leading religious scholars gather in San Diego this weekend, pasta will be on the intellectual menu.  They'll be talking about a satirical pseudo-deity called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose growing pop …
Discussion: Boing Boing
John Redwood / John Redwood's Diary:
Why are so many people leaving the UK?  —  The papers today ask why 400,000 left the Uk last year to live and work somewhere else.  I would have thought the answer was obvious.  —  They've had enough.  —  We live in a country where anyone who has gained some qualifications …
Discussion: Wake up America and Vox Popoli
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Friday Afternoon Scuttlebutt  —  * I'm told that "Bitch-Gate" has caused McCain's campaign to have one of its best Internet fund-raising days so far.  —  * CORRECTED: In the polls, Michigan is looking like a two man race between Rudy and Romney.  Thompson has lost ground since the last Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll.
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