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5:40 PM ET, November 16, 2007

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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 …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
'Diamonds or pearls'?  CNN made her do it.  —  During last night's Democratic presidential candidates debate, UNLV student Maria Luisa asked the final question of the evening.  Luisa laughingly asked Clinton: "Do you prefer diamonds or pearls?"  Marc Ambinder reports that Luisa actually wanted …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
CNN Spokesman Confirms Network Chose "Diamonds And Pearls" Question
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can We Just Close Down CNN?  —  Probably like a lot of people …
Discussion: James Wolcott's Blog
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Democrats unable to bring troops home  —  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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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Murtha Shows Dem Duplicity on Iraq; Dems Play with Fire  —  The debate over the administration request for funding for the Iraq war in 2008 is growing increasingly complex.  As we've covered here, Democrats wrote a Department of Defense funding bill which specifically authorized …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate GOP Blocks $50B War Funding Package
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Republican Senators kill Iraq funding bill
Discussion: Election Central
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
Obama Exposes Regional Difference With Clinton As Debate Turns For Him  —  [Commentary] U.S. Sen. Barack Obama tonight turned in his strongest presidential debate performance and exposed a clear regional difference with front-runner Hillary Clinton.  —  Is $97,000 a lot of money?
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Michelle Malkin:
My best friend, Joy Behar  —  The nattering nabobs of ninnyism on "The View" never cease to amaze.  You may recall last month when "View" co-host Joy Behar appeared on the Bill Maher show and called me a "selfish bitch" because I questioned Harry Reid's poster family for the massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion.
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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 …
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
CNN's and Carville's lack of ethics  —  Would it kill CNN to not include partisan supporters of the various candidates in their post-debate spin?  —  Would it kill CNN to disclose that James Carville is a partisan Clinton supporter when talking about the presidential race?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Stevens to Media: You Better Watch Your Mouth  —  Look out Anchorage Daily News (and maybe others)!  Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) is gonna get ya!  He's not saying how, but he's gonna get ya.  —  Just because two oil executives have pleaded guilty to bribing Stevens, his son …
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Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Stevens blames media for image troubles
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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: General — WLS @ 12:48 pm  —  In this opinion just released this morning, three Judges of the Ninth Circuit …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John Redwood / John Redwood's Diary:
Why are so many people leaving the UK?  —  The papers today ask why 400,000 left the Uk last year to live and work somewhere else.  I would have thought the answer was obvious.  —  They've had enough.  —  We live in a country where anyone who has gained some qualifications …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
For Ashcroft, Something Old, Something Nude
Discussion: Wonkette
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Republican Senators: Fund the War With Pork
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Democratic Party's Image More Positive Than GOP's
Economist:
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