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7:35 AM ET, November 17, 2007


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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  —  BOSTON— Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens' offer of $1 million to anyone who can disprove …
Discussion: The Corner and Blogs For Victory
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.
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 …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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.
Discussion: Orcinus
CNN Political Ticker:   Illegal Ron Paul currency seized
Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
Memo to Ron Paul Supporters
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 …
Eye /
Romney is friends with Western Wats family  —  So I spent most of the day being unsure of the various theories about the push-polls.  Some people have suggested that Mitt Romney could be behind it, like Liz Mair, David Freddoso, and Allahpundit, although Allah has clarified that he no longer thinks that.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney: Attacking faith is 'un-American'
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and TownHall Blog
Associated Press:
U.S. Control of Internet Remains Issue  —  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — A U.N.-sponsored Internet conference ended Thursday with little to show in closing the issue of U.S. control over how people around the world access e-mail and Web sites.  —  With no concrete recommendations for action …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
"Random" questioner at debate was Arkansas Democratic Party officer in 2003?  —  Sweet catch by Dan Riehl.  I wanted to cut the video of her asking her question but CNN came back late from commercial and cut to Chris Dodd already beginning his answer.  Here's the transcript …
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Hill's Best Friend is CNN?
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
CNN Spokesman Confirms Network Chose "Diamonds And Pearls" Question
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 …
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
Media Matters for America:
Politico's Simon on Clinton: "The (rhymes with rich) is back."  —  Politico chief political columnist Roger Simon began his November 16 column by asserting, "The (rhymes with rich) is back."  Simon began his column with that phrase just two days after his colleague, Politico chief political …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michelle Malkin:
My best friend, Joy Behar
Jason Leopold / truthout:
Fired Attorneys Build Case Against Gonzales  —  John McKay, the former US attorney for the Western District of Washington, pieced together thousands of pages of internal Justice Department (DOJ) emails released earlier this year, reviewed public documents and pored through hundreds of pages …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
For Ashcroft, Something Old, Something Nude
Discussion: Minnesota Monitor and Wonkette
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
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Missing IG Report on Maher Arar  —  Of all the Bush Administration's many perversions of the justice system, there is something particularly distressing about the case of Maher Arar.  A Canadian software engineer, he was changing planes in JFK on his way home to Canada after a Mediterranean vacation …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Ken Herman / Window on Washington:
Bush invites Gore to Oval Office  —  This one has potential, but odds are everybody will behave.  —  The White House today announced that President Bush will host former Vice President Al Gore in the Oval Office on Nov. 26.  Should be an interesting reunion of a couple of buddies …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen  —  DoD News Briefing with Secretary of Defense Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mullen from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va.  —  SEC. GATES: Good afternoon.
Discussion: Wake up America
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Lance Williams / San Francisco Chronicle:
Barry Bonds indicted on 4 perjury counts, obstruction of justice
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Does Marrying Bill Clinton Qualify Someone To Be President?
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
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Newsweek Editor: Who Cares If Bloggers Criticize Us? …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Washington Post:
Scientists Fault Climate Exhibit Changes
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Friday Afternoon Scuttlebutt
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Plame on spy movies and going Hollywood
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Stevens to Media: You Better Watch Your Mouth
Rep. Zoe Lofgren / The Huffington Post:
Holding Them Accountable
Discussion: Firedoglake
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Democratic Party's Image More Positive Than GOP's
Associated Press:
Flying Spaghetti Monster's existence mulled
Discussion: Boing Boing