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3:17 AM ET, November 17, 2007


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The Atlantic Online:
"Diamonds v. Pearls" 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 …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
CNN Spokesman Confirms Network Chose "Diamonds And Pearls" Question  —  Okay, we've got some more detail for you on the controversy surrounding CNN and the girl who asked Hillary whether she prefers "diamonds or pearls" at the close of last night's debate.  —  Specifically, a CNN spokesperson confirmed …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can We Just Close Down CNN?  —  Probably like a lot of people I was stunned at the amazingly lame and I'd say fairly offensive diamonds or pearls question that closed out last night's debate.  I'd assumed they'd just given the last question to a complete dingbat.
Atrios / Eschaton:
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Erin P. Billings / Roll Call:
Reid to Keep Senate in Session to Prevent Recess Appointments  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to keep the chamber in session over the Thanksgiving break to block President Bush from making any unsavory recess appointments while Senators are out of town.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Kerry vows to disprove Swift boat claims  —  BOSTON - Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman's offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Swift Boat Funder T. Boone Pickens Renegs On John Kerry Million Dollar Offer  —  Rich Texas bastard T. Boone Pickens boasted that he would give $1 million to anyone who can disprove "even a single charge" leveled by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who he funded to the tune of $3 milion.
Glen Johnson / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Kerry takes oilman Pickens up on $1 million Swift Boat challenge
Discussion: The Corner and Blogs For Victory
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.
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.
Bill Morlin / Spokane Spokesman-Review:
FBI raids seize dies, records in CdA  —  Operation targets 'Liberty Dollar'  —  As part of a nationwide investigation, FBI agents raided three Coeur d'Alene business locations on Thursday, seizing records and dies used to make the so-called silver "Liberty Dollar" sold throughout the United States by anti-government patriot groups.
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CNN Political Ticker:   Illegal Ron Paul currency seized
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Appeals court: No Jan. 15 primary  —  LANSING — A divided Michigan Court of Appeals refused Friday to overturn a lower court ruling that effectively bars the state from holding its presidential primary on Jan. 15.  —  By a 2-1 margin, the appeals panel sided with an Ingham County Circuit Court judge …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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: Civil Liberties, Court Decisions, General, Government, Judiciary, Law, Terrorism, War — WLS @ 12:48 pm
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 …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Democrats unable to bring troops home
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Democratic Party's Image More Positive Than GOP's  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans are much more positive in their assessments of the Democratic Party than of the Republican Party — consistent with a trend Gallup has measured since April 2006.
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
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Friday Afternoon Scuttlebutt  —  * I'm told that "Bitch-Gate" has caused McCain's campaign to have one of its best Internet fund-raising days so far.  —  * CORRECTED: In the polls, Michigan is looking like a two man race between Rudy and Romney.  Thompson has lost ground since the last Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll.
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