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12:40 PM ET, November 17, 2007


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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In Paul They Trust (The Feds May Differ)  —  The ardent supporters of Rep. Ron Paul, the iconoclastic Texas libertarian whose campaign for the presidency is threatening to upend the battle for the Republican nomination, got word yesterday of a new source of outrage and motivation …
Bill Morlin / Spokane Spokesman-Review:
FBI raids seize dies, records in CdA
Discussion: Orcinus
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Petraeus Helping Pick New Generals  —  The Army has summoned the top U.S. commander in Iraq back to Washington to preside over a board that will pick some of the next generation of Army leaders, an unusual decision that officials say represents a vote of confidence in Gen. David H. Petraeus's conduct …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Consulting Success  —  How successful has General David Petraeus proven himself to be?
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rudy Giuliani's messianic paranoia  —  The right-wing Federalist Society, architects of many of the most extremist Bush executive power abuses, invited only one candidate to speak at their annual event — "moderate" Rudy Giuliani.  That invitation was, as The Associated Press put it, a …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Judith Giuliani rallies Women for Rudy  —  Judith Giuliani, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, admits freely that she is new to politics, but she seemed to be an old hand as she rallied about 50 members of Women for Rudy at a fundraising reception …
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:   Mingling With The Women to Help Her Man
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
In Name Count, Garcias Are Catching Up to Joneses  —  Step aside Moore and Taylor.  Welcome Garcia and Rodriguez.  —  Smith remains the most common surname in the United States, according to a new analysis released yesterday by the Census Bureau.  But for the first time, two Hispanic surnames …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
CBS "Mystified" by Dan Rather's "Bizarre Allegations", Files Motion to Dismiss  —  Today, in New York Supreme Court, in response to Dan Rather's civil lawsuit, CBS filed a lengthy 30-page motion to dismiss the case.  —  CBS executives also released a statement today, noting that they are …
Discussion: At-Largely, QandO and Wonkette
Human Events:
LOU FOR PRESIDENT?  —  The name of longtime CNN commentator Lou Dobbs has entered speculation as a possible independent candidate for president.  At age 62, he never has engaged in politics, but is reported by people who know him as pondering a presidential run.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Anti-Romney calls still swathed in mystery  —  It likely was inevitable.  —  But that didn't make the news of phone calls attacking Mitt Romney and invoking his Mormon faith any less explosive.  —  It's become the newest "Whodunit?" in the political universe, as the press …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
State investigating anti-Romney calls
Fred File:
Don't Hand Over the Internet to the U.N.  —  I'm no tech head, but I think I know a thing or three about the Internet and how it works.  And as far as I can tell, it works pretty well.  —  More than 1.4 billion people around the world seem to be emailing each other a lot …
Discussion: Don Surber
Associated Press:
U.S. Control of Internet Remains Issue
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 Trail and The Atlantic Online
Dan / Riehl World View:
Did CNN Plant The Audience, Too?  —  Actually, there are suggestions at some prominent Democrat sites that CNN didn't just plant questions, but perhaps in the administration of the debate, they created a situation where Hillary Clinton had a decided advantage.  It's mentioned at DailyKos but the best information is here.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
"Random" questioner at debate was Arkansas Democratic Party officer in 2003?
Associated Press:
In Basra, violence is a tenth of what it was before British pullback, general says  —  BAGHDAD: Attacks against British and Iraqi forces have plunged by 90 percent in southern Iraq since London withdrew its troops from the main city of Basra, the commander of British forces there said Thursday.
New York Times:
Democrats Find Their Voice  —  It has been two long months since Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, cowed Congressional Democrats into silence, championing President Bush's misguided course on the war.  We're pleased to see that the effects of his briefing are finally wearing off.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
John Hawkins /
Does Marrying Bill Clinton Qualify Someone To Be President?  —  If a CEO of a fortune 500 company were to retire, would anyone seriously consider his wife to be an adequate replacement simply because she was married to him when he ran the company?  What about a Super Bowl winning football team?
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
U.N. Report Describes Risks of Inaction on Climate Change  —  In its final and most powerful report, a United Nations panel of scientists meeting here describes the mounting risks of climate change in language that is both more specific and forceful than its previous assessments, according to scientists here.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez's Vision Shares Wealth and Centers Power  —  In two weeks, Venezuela seems likely to start an extraordinary experiment in centralized, oil-fueled socialism.  By law, the workday would be cut to six hours.  Street vendors, homemakers and maids would have state-mandated pensions.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Off for Break, Congress May Still Face Stalemate  —  Congress departed on Friday for a two-week break, leaving behind a stack of unfinished work as a major farm bill became the latest victim of a stalemate that has bedeviled Congress all year.  —  Typically a bipartisan bonanza for rural America …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Big Democrat supporter indicted, charged with posing as lawyer
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Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Dolly creator Prof Ian Wilmut shuns cloning
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
Discussion: Law Blog
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Costume flap imperils immigration post
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Raid Yields A Treasure Trove, FBI List Shows
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Dilemma: A Mother Torn From a Baby
Rob Lever / Agence France Presse:
China's economy 40 percent smaller than estimated: analyst
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Herman / Window on Washington:
Bush invites Gore to Oval Office
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Lance Williams / San Francisco Chronicle:
Barry Bonds indicted on 4 perjury counts, obstruction of justice
Jason Leopold / truthout:
Fired Attorneys Build Case Against Gonzales
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Missing IG Report on Maher Arar
Discussion: Norwegianity
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
US power company linked to Bush is named in database as a top polluter
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Army desertion rate up 80 pct. since '03
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Hill's Best Friend is CNN?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack