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11:30 AM ET, November 16, 2007


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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
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
QUICK POST-DEBATE IMPRESSIONS  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  If the last debate was the moment where Democrats realized that the Clinton coronation was, at least, postponed, this one will be known as the debate that seemed to sharpen the contrast between Clinton and Obama and create a gap between the big two and everyone else.
New York Times:
Clinton Takes Aggressive Tack at Debate
National Review:
The Nevada Debate: Only the First Ten Minutes Were Worth It
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
It Was Clinton vs. Obama on Health Care
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Falls Short in Vote to Override Veto
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
Detroit News:   Mich. presidential poll: Clinton romps; Giuliani, Romney in tight race
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
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 …
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.
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
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
US accuses China of vast industrial spying
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
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
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
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.
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