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3:45 PM ET, November 16, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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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Atrios / Eschaton:
Your Most Trusted Name In News
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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 …
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):
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Eliot Spitzer's Death Wish  —  New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has taken a lot of abuse in recent weeks—for his hastily-dropped plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, his quickly-withdrawn plan to tax internet purchases, and his move to speed-up release for violent criminals.
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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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Atrios / Eschaton:
Proving The Point  —  Someone showed up at the end …
Discussion: EdCone.com
USA Today:
Not legal?  No Mexican driver's license for you  —  MEXICO CITY — The question of whether to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants has ignited a national debate in the United States.  —  Yet in Mexico, the biggest source of immigrants to the USA, there's no debate …
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Jonathan Garthwaite / TownHall Blog:
Yes or No  —  Five minutes into the debate...  A few minutes later
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Wolf Blitzer / Plain Dealer:
SPEAKERS: SEN. CHRISTOPHER J. DODD, D-CONN. SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D-N.Y. FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS, D-N.C. GOV. BILL RICHARDSON, D-N.M. SEN. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., D-DEL.  —  BLITZER: Welcome to the Cox Pavilion.  We're at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  —  Tonight, a little bit of history.
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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?
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Hollywood stars mum on donations to GOP
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
China Stand on Imports Upsets U.S.
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