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2:15 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 …
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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.
The Atlantic Online:
Between Friends  —  Thinking about Wolf Blitzer's atrocious performance as moderator and Tim Russert's slicker, better-executed version of the same BS at the previous Democratic debate, is one reminder that at least one reason the GOP contenders haven't gotten this kind of roasting is that I feel …
Atrios / Eschaton:   Proving The Point  —  Someone showed up at the end …
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 …
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.
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James Risen / New York Times:
Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Answering The FISA Legislation Muddle
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Dems stymied on war bills  —  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 …
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Falls Short in Vote to Override Veto
The Atlantic Online:
"Diamond v. Pearl" 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 …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
NH, Iowa Voters Get Anti-Romney Calls  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Residents in New Hampshire and Iowa have received phone calls raising questions about Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, his Mormon faith and the Vietnam War-era military deferments he received while serving as a missionary in France.
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Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens blames media for image troubles  —  INVESTIGATION: Alaska senator hints of retribution after investigation ends.  —  ebolstad@adn.com  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he has no fear of a Democratic opponent in next year's election, and he blamed overzealous reporters …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Are We in Stevens' Crosshairs?
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 …
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Democratic Debate in Las Vegas  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: So let's begin our questioning tonight, Campbell Brown.  —  Campbell?  —  CAMPBELL BROWN, CNN …
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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.
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
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Reid shut downs Bush recess appointments during Thanksgiving  —  Now who's relevant?  A statement from Senator Harry Reid (and more background on this issue here):
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.
 
 
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Department of Apples and Oranges
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
BUSH'S OUTRAGEOUS NEGLECT OF IRAQI REFUGEES.
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Confederate Yankee:
Getting it Wrong... Again
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Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
China Stand on Imports Upsets U.S.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Alliances In Ruins?