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12:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Your Most Trusted Name In News
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Hill's Best Friend is CNN?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Faiz / Think Progress:
'Diamonds or pearls'? CNN made her do it.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Murtha Shows Dem Duplicity on Iraq; Dems Play with Fire
Discussion: and Los Angeles Times
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Democrats unable to bring troops home
Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman …
Discussion: Wake up America
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate GOP Blocks $50B War Funding Package
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
Discussion: TBogg
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney: Attacking faith is 'un-American'  —  Mitt Romney said this morning that the phone calls attacking his Mormon faith were "un-American" and faulted the legislation championed by his rival John McCain for making them difficult to trace.  —  "I think the attempts to attack me on the basis …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and TIME: Swampland
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.
Associated Press:
U.S. Deserters Lose Bid For Canada Asylum  —  Canada Rejects Appeal By 2 U.S. Soldiers Who Fled To Canada In Protest Against Iraq War  —  (AP) Two U.S. Army deserters who fled to Canada and sought refugee status on grounds of their opposition to the war in Iraq have lost their bids to have the Supreme Court of Canada hear their cases.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Army desertion rate up 80 pct. since '03
Discussion: the talking dog
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
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Stevens to Media: You Better Watch Your Mouth  —  Look out Anchorage Daily News (and maybe others)!  Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) is gonna get ya!  He's not saying how, but he's gonna get ya.  —  Just because two oil executives have pleaded guilty to bribing Stevens, his son …
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Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
Memo to Ron Paul Supporters
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Newsweek Editor: Who Cares If Bloggers Criticize Us? …
Washington Post:
Scientists Fault Climate Exhibit Changes
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Plame on spy movies and going Hollywood
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Rep. Zoe Lofgren / The Huffington Post:
Holding Them Accountable
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Republican Senators: Fund the War With Pork
Discussion: Hot Air
America's vulnerable economy
Discussion: Eunomia and RGE Monitor
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Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove at Newsweek?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kos / Daily Kos:
CNN's and Carville's lack of ethics
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Eliot Spitzer's Death Wish
John Redwood / John Redwood's Diary:
Why are so many people leaving the UK?
Discussion: Wake up America and Vox Popoli
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
Obama Exposes Regional Difference With Clinton As Debate Turns For Him