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10:55 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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Tahman Bradley / ABCNEWS:
9/11 Firefighters and Family Members Plot Anti-Giuliani Ad Campaign  —  Group Considering Swift-Boat-Style Television Attack  —  A group of 9/11 firefighters and victims' family members with eyes on derailing Republican Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign is close to a decision on forming …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
The Corner:
Thirty Years Ago  —  The young man on the left of this shot is me, in the spring of 1977, a few months before coming to work at NR full time.  The young man on the right of the frame is Walter Olsen, libertarian legal writer.  —  Despite our haircuts, we were not headlining for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band …
David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
Tony Blair: The war?  I believed in it, I believed in it then, I believe in it now  —  Tony Blair tells our correspondent that his only regret is that he didn't set out his position on confronting Iraq clearly enough  —  Months ago, when I knew I would be interviewing Tony Blair for a series …
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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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
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Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Boy's killer gets stay; family grows angrier
Gateway Pundit:
CNN's Las Vegas Post Debate Analysis— A Clinton Reunion
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'
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YouTube Islamist arrested for threats to Christian political leader
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Rock Star Bono: Clinton's a Genius, Let's Negotiate with al-Qaeda
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Murtha Two Years Ago Today: Bush's Iraq Course Is 'Flawed Policy …
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