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12:45 PM ET, November 16, 2007


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Played for a Sucker  —  Lately, Barack Obama has been saying that major action is needed to avert what he keeps calling a "crisis" in Social Security — most recently in an interview with The National Journal.  Progressives who fought hard and successfully against the Bush administration's attempt …
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, as provided by the Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN  —  CAMPBELL BROWN, CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers  —  Last night was a tale of two debates.  —  The first 15 minutes of the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas featured clashes between the top three candidates — Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards — over Social Security, Iran and telling the truth.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
New York Times:
Clinton Takes Aggressive Tack at Debate
Associated Press:
Poll: Clinton leads Dems in Michigan; GOP side still bunched
James Risen / New York Times:
Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill  —  Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress over granting legal immunity to telephone companies for cooperating with the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new domestic surveillance law …
New York Times:
In Contempt  —  White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, showed their utter disregard for Congress, the Constitution and the American people when they defied Congressional subpoenas in the United States attorneys scandal.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Answering The FISA Legislation Muddle
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Come Home … The Dome Under the Cross: Local Muslim and Christian leaders had prepared the church for his arrival.  —  A Bishop came to St John's Church in Baghdad today, 15 November, where a crowd of locals welcomed him home.  They were joined at the service by soldiers from the 2-12 infantry battalion …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
How Do Republicans Get Away With It?  —  The NYT has picked up on the McCain "How do we beat the bitch" incident that TPM Election Central first noted earlier in the week, but get a load of the double-triple-reverse psychology that Katharine Seelye's piece employs.
Discussion: and The Caucus
White House:
President Bush Delivers Remarks at Federalist Society's 25th Annual Gala  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  (Applause.)  So much for the dress code.  (Laughter.)  I'm honored to be with you.  Thanks.  I appreciate being with an organization that understands the value …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Federalists Relish Well-Placed Friends
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Department of Apples and Oranges  —  Andrew links to a shocking article in The Times of London that suggests an epidemic of suicides among veterans: … The implicit suggestion is that the toll of the Iraq war is higher than we ever dared imagine, that even after they return to the States …
Discussion: The Corner
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
America suffers an epidemic of suicides among traumatised army veterans
Jo Couzens / Sky News:
Controversy Over Eurostar's Shock Skinhead Urinating Advert  —  An advert depicting a tattooed skinhead urinating into a china teacup is being used to promote tourism to London.  —  The image is part of a new Eurostar campaign aimed solely at the Belgian market.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate blocks Iraq war money  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday blocked a Democratic proposal that would have paid for the Iraq war but required that troops start coming home.  —  The 53-45 vote was seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance.  It came minutes after the Senate rejected …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Defense Fund Set Up  —  Supporters of former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales have created a trust fund to help pay for his legal expenses, which are mounting in the face of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Gonzales committed perjury or improperly tampered with a congressional witness.
The Atlantic Online:
Questions  —  As ever, it's really striking to observe the difference between the audience-generated questions and the journalist-generated questions.  Wolf Blitzer's main interest is in asking questions designed to put Democrats on the wrong side of public opinion, even if those questions …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Alliances In Ruins?  —  When the Democratic presidential candidates pause from beating Hillary with a stick, they join in unison to pronounce the Democratic pieties, chief among which is that George Bush has left our alliances in ruins.  As Clinton puts it, we have "alienated our friends," …
Confederate Yankee:
Getting it Wrong... Again  —  You've got to love our intrepid media covering the war in Iraq.  Even eye-to-eye with their subjects they can still drastically misunderstand the situation.  —  Such was the case last Saturday, Nov. 11, when Ghaith Abdul-Ahad wrote about a commander of former Sunni insurgents …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
China Stand on Imports Upsets U.S.  —  Few American industries have had more success in selling goods to China than makers of medical devices like X-rays, pacemakers and patient monitors.  Which is why a recent Chinese decree was so troubling.  —  The directive, issued in June …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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Sami Moubayed / Asia Times:
Muqtada moves to stop a Sunni 'surge'
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Conducting Criminal Probe of Baghdad Embassy Contracts
USA Today:
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Prince Charles' aides try to thwart Israel visit
New York Times:
Report Raises New Doubts on Iran Nuclear Program
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
National Review:
The Nevada Debate: Only the First Ten Minutes Were Worth It
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Falls Short in Vote to Override Veto
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Hollywood stars mum on donations to GOP
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Immigration out-paces British exodus