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3:55 PM ET, November 17, 2007

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Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Hillary vs. Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it.  The nature of the alleged scandal was not disclosed.
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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.
The Politico:
Obama: Don't 'swift boat' me
Discussion: theGarance.com
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Off for Break, Congress May Still Face Stalemate
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Consulting Success  —  How successful has General David Petraeus proven himself to be?
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Vexes Audiences With His Abortion Views  —  On the campaign trail, Rudolph W. Giuliani has made the case that while he believes that abortions are wrong, he thinks the ultimate decision of whether to have them should be up to women, and not the government.
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Greg Koizim / Soldiers' Angels:
Gallery Collection donates 280,000 Greeting Cards for Troops  —  Greeting Card Publisher GalleryCollection.com Donates  —  Holiday Cards for Troops to write Home  —  GalleryCollection.com, the leading business Christmas card and personalized Christmas card publisher …
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 …
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 and PrairiePundit
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.
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 …
Discussion: race42008.com
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
State investigating anti-Romney calls
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Not-So-Great Generation  —  The boomers will be best remembered for their self-glorification.  —  Q: If the World War II generation was the "greatest generation," what is the Vietnam War generation?  —  A: I don't think the full judgment of history is in yet.  There is certainly greatness in the '60s generation.
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
Maria Cramer / Boston Globe:
Police to search for guns in homes  —  City program depends on parental consent  —  Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms.
CNN:
Saudi rape victim gets longer sentence  —  (CNN) — A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists, the lawyer told CNN.  —  The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male …
New York Times:
U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms  —  Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million so far on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, secure his country's nuclear weapons, according to current and former senior administration officials.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Pakistan's One-Man Calamity
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Stays In Session to Block Recess Appointments
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
A Clinton Friend's Role Sets Off Intense Criticism of CNN and a Re-examination
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Doctor rejected in Missouri is on federal execution team
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Chinese pan for gold in the sewage
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Kerry Vows to Disprove Swift Boat Claims
Associated Press:
Big Democrat supporter indicted, charged with posing as lawyer
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