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12:15 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 …
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
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 …
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
Elon University:
Elon University Poll finds Clinton, Giuliani lead packs … New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008 continues to strengthen across the South Atlantic region of the country with more than double the support from Democrats than her closest rivals …
Associated Press:
Poll: Clinton leads Dems in Michigan; GOP side still bunched
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: The Caucus
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
A Campaign Hopes a Slur Will Lead to Donations
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Feministe
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Hollywood stars mum on donations to GOP  —  Republican presidential candidates have been drawing support — and cash — from Hollywood celebrities, but few of the stars in super-liberal Tinseltown want to be publicly linked with the Grand Old Party.  —  One high-profile celebrity …
Discussion: Don Surber and DownWithTyranny!
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
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," …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
SPITZ VOWS TO PUSH FOR GAY MARRIAGES  —  Gov. Spitzer said at a private fund-raiser that he wants a Democratic-controlled state Senate to legalize gay marriage - a highly divisive and controversial issue - as one of its first priorities in 2009, a witness to the remarks told The Post.
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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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate blocks Iraq war money
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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
New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Discussion: ParaPundit
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Falls Short in Vote to Override Veto
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Giuliani takes liberties on his NYC record
Discussion: MSNBC
Confederate Yankee:
Getting it Wrong... Again
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Iraqi Premier Wants Trial of 2 Shiites in Killings
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
DeLay, Blackwell launch activist group
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Immigration out-paces British exodus