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11:05 AM ET, November 18, 2007

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
What 'That Regan Woman' Knows  —  NEW Yorkers who remember Rudy Giuliani as the bullying New York mayor, not as the terminally cheerful "America's Mayor" cooing to babies in New Hampshire, have always banked on one certainty: his presidential candidacy was so preposterous it would implode before he got anywhere near the White House.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Shake, Rattle and Roll  —  The debate dominatrix knows how to rattle Obambi.  —  Mistress Hillary started disciplining her fellow senator last winter, after he began exploring a presidential bid.  When he winked at her, took her elbow and tried to say hello on the Senate floor, she did not melt, as many women do.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Does Death Penalty Save Lives?  A New Debate  —  For the first time in a generation, the question of whether the death penalty deters murders has captured the attention of scholars in law and economics, setting off an intense new debate about one of the central justifications for capital punishment.
Discussion: QandO, Althouse and PrairiePundit
Associated Press:
Pakistan Troops Launch Major Assault on Militants  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The army said Saturday that it has massed 15,000 troops for a major assault on Islamic militants in a scenic northern valley, whose fall has raised concern about Pakistan's ability to withstand rising extremism.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Someone planting questions for John McCain?  —  HANOVER, N.H. - Could someone be planting questions for Sen. John McCain?  —  On the heels of the Iowa controversy in which a campaign staffer told a college student what to ask Sen. Hillary Clinton, McCain received at least five highly suspicious questions.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
World should give thanks for America  —  Speaking as a misfit unassimilated foreigner, I think of Thanksgiving as the most American of holidays.  —  Christmas is celebrated elsewhere, even if there are significant local variations: In Continental Europe, naughty children get left rods …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Under Siege, Life in Gaza Just Shrinks  —  IT'S a miserable time to be a Gazan.  —  Hopes were high in 2005, when Israel unilaterally withdrew its troops and 9,000 Jewish settlers, and the international community lined up to help the Palestinians make Gaza a model for their potential state.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Yourish.com
PR Newswire:
T. Boone Pickens Responds to Letter From U.S. Senator John Kerry  —  The following is a copy of a letter mailed by T. Boone Pickens in response to a letter from U.S. Senator John Kerry regarding the Senator's military record and ads in the 2004 presidential election by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Do endorsements by papers matter?  —  Are the Denver newspapers' endorsements of candidates credible?  Do they matter?  Last week, a reader complained to me that The Denver Post had endorsed candidates for Lakewood City Council without interviewing them.  So I asked editorial page editors Dan Haley …
Washington Post:
McCain Stakes His Campaign on New Hampshire  —  John McCain's campaign caravan rolled through the North Country's first snowstorm of the year this weekend, the start of a last-ditch effort in the state that will once again make or break his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Financial Times:
Watchdog cancels Russian poll review  —  By Catherine Belton in Moscow and Stefan Wagstyl in London  —  Europe's main election monitoring group said on Friday it was scrapping plans to deploy observers to Russia's forthcoming parliamentary elections in a decision that could cast doubt on the integrity of the poll.
Discussion: Redstate and Crooked Timber
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
The dollar's decline: from symbol of hegemony to shunned currency  —  The decline of the dollar, symbol of US global hegemony for the best part of a century, may have become so entrenched that some experts now fear it is irreversible.  —  After months of huge and sustained turmoil on the money markets …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Allan Lengel / Washington Post:
Jefferson Accused of Two More Schemes  —  Federal prosecutors on Friday accused Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) of soliciting bribes in two alleged schemes that had not been previously disclosed.  —  The allegations, detailed in a seven-page document filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria …
IBDeditorials.com:
Progress, Progress And More Progress  —  Winning: News from Iraq gets better by the day, but the media have done their best to downplay the turnaround and congressional Democrats have basically pulled the covers over their heads and pretended it doesn't exist.  —  There's an eery silence out there about what's going on in Iraq.
 
 
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David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
Tony Blair: The war?  I believed in it, I believed in it then, I believe in it now
Discussion: The Corner
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Thirty Years Ago
Kirk James Murphy, M.D. / Firedoglake:
The Farm Bill Went On Vacation, But Global Warming's Speeding Up.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
For Clinton, More Time and More Advertising
Discussion: The Politico and MyDD
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Boy's killer gets stay; family grows angrier
Gateway Pundit:
CNN's Las Vegas Post Debate Analysis— A Clinton Reunion
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Failed to See Musharraf's Faults, Critics Contend
Hilary Ralston / Daily Mail:
Illegal immigrant demands to be flown home because Britons are 'rude and unfriendly'
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
On PTSD, or more properly, on Coming Home
Discussion: BlogHer
Christian Today:
YouTube Islamist arrested for threats to Christian political leader
Alan Dershowitz / The Huffington Post:
Torture, Accountability and Name-Calling