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4:45 AM ET, November 17, 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 …
Discussion: bustardblog
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Hill's Best Friend is CNN?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Atrios / Eschaton:
Your Most Trusted Name In News
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.
George W. Bush /
The Road Less Taken  —  George Bush wants another $50 billion for the Iraq war.  Can the Democrats stand up to him this time?  —  For a party that won historic gains in 2006, the Democrats have proven surprisingly reluctant to deliver on their chief campaign promise: forcing George Bush …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Kerry vows to disprove Swift boat claims  —  BOSTON - Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman's offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Swift Boat Funder T. Boone Pickens Renegs On John Kerry Million Dollar Offer  —  Rich Texas bastard T. Boone Pickens boasted that he would give $1 million to anyone who can disprove "even a single charge" leveled by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who he funded to the tune of $3 milion.
Glen Johnson / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Kerry takes oilman Pickens up on $1 million Swift Boat challenge  —  BOSTON— Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens' offer of $1 million to anyone who can disprove …
Discussion: The Corner and Blogs For Victory
Associated Press:
U.S. Control of Internet Remains Issue  —  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — A U.N.-sponsored Internet conference ended Thursday with little to show in closing the issue of U.S. control over how people around the world access e-mail and Web sites.  —  With no concrete recommendations for action …
Fred File:
Don't Hand Over the Internet to the U.N.  —  I'm no tech head, but I think I know a thing or three about the Internet and how it works.  And as far as I can tell, it works pretty well.  —  More than 1.4 billion people around the world seem to be emailing each other a lot …
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.
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
CBS "Mystified" by Dan Rather's "Bizarre Allegations", Files Motion to Dismiss  —  Today, in New York Supreme Court, in response to Dan Rather's civil lawsuit, CBS filed a lengthy 30-page motion to dismiss the case.  —  CBS executives also released a statement today, noting that they are …
Media Matters for America:
Politico's Simon on Clinton: "The (rhymes with rich) is back."  —  Politico chief political columnist Roger Simon began his November 16 column by asserting, "The (rhymes with rich) is back."  Simon began his column with that phrase just two days after his colleague, Politico chief political …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michelle Malkin:
My best friend, Joy Behar
Bill Morlin / Spokane Spokesman-Review:
FBI raids seize dies, records in CdA  —  Operation targets 'Liberty Dollar'  —  As part of a nationwide investigation, FBI agents raided three Coeur d'Alene business locations on Thursday, seizing records and dies used to make the so-called silver "Liberty Dollar" sold throughout the United States by anti-government patriot groups.
Discussion: Orcinus
CNN Political Ticker:   Illegal Ron Paul currency seized
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Appeals court: No Jan. 15 primary  —  LANSING — A divided Michigan Court of Appeals refused Friday to overturn a lower court ruling that effectively bars the state from holding its presidential primary on Jan. 15.  —  By a 2-1 margin, the appeals panel sided with an Ingham County Circuit Court judge …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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
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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Ken Herman / Window on Washington:
Bush invites Gore to Oval Office
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Petraeus Helping Pick New Generals
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Lance Williams / San Francisco Chronicle:
Barry Bonds indicted on 4 perjury counts, obstruction of justice
Jason Leopold / truthout:
Fired Attorneys Build Case Against Gonzales
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Missing IG Report on Maher Arar
Discussion: Norwegianity
John Hawkins /
Does Marrying Bill Clinton Qualify Someone To Be President?
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
US power company linked to Bush is named in database as a top polluter
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Army desertion rate up 80 pct. since '03
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Washington Post:
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Plame on spy movies and going Hollywood
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Stevens to Media: You Better Watch Your Mouth
America's vulnerable economy
Discussion: RGE Monitor and Eunomia
Kos / Daily Kos:
CNN's and Carville's lack of ethics
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Eliot Spitzer's Death Wish
John Redwood / John Redwood's Diary:
Why are so many people leaving the UK?
Discussion: Wake up America