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4:00 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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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.
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Played for a Sucker  —  Lately, Barack Obama has been saying …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Proving The Point  —  Someone showed up at the end …
Discussion: EdCone.com
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.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Atrios / Eschaton:
Your Most Trusted Name In News
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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 …
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Republican Senators kill Iraq funding bill
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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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?
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Who is "desperate to believe the Iranians"?  —  Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard's blog links to a post by Eric Hundman, a regular Passport contributor who works at the Center for Defense Information, and writes: … He then goes on to quote selectively from Eric's post, omitting entirely the part where Eric airs his concerns:
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?
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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Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove at Newsweek?  —  Newsweek magazine hiring Karl Rove to be a political commentator illustrates everything that is wrong with the corporate media system.  Here is a guy whose scorched earth politics have left the nation reeling with ill effects and crippling divisions and he is rewarded …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
 
 
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Democratic Party's Image More Positive Than GOP's
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Flying Spaghetti Monster's existence mulled
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John Redwood / John Redwood's Diary:
Why are so many people leaving the UK?
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
A page from his book  —  Novelist Vince Flynn's hot …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
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USA Today:
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Jo Couzens / Sky News:
Controversy Over Eurostar's Shock Skinhead Urinating Advert
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Confederate Yankee:
Getting it Wrong... Again
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Hollywood stars mum on donations to GOP
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Alliances In Ruins?
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Defense Fund Set Up