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8:30 PM ET, November 18, 2007

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George W. Bush / Newsweek.com:
Make the Bush Record the Issue  —  Absent amnesia—which only happens on soaps—Democrats will be fine.  —  Times are tough for the Republican Party and its candidates.  Earlier this month, according to Gallup, more people strongly disapproved of George W. Bush than any previous president since the advent? …
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Hillary Clinton / Newsweek.com:
How to Beat Hillary (Next) November  —  Republicans who think she'll be easy to defeat are wrong.  What they should do.  —  I've seen up close the two Clintons America knows.  He's a big smile, hand locked on your arm and lots of charms.  "Hey, come down and speak at my library.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
"Tough" Tim Russert Refuses To Challenge Rudy's Dissembling  —  We keep hearing that Tim Russert is very, very "tough."  We keep hearing that he doesn't let any craven or dissembling politician slip any malarky past him, dammit.  —  Except, of course, that he does — when it's Rudy.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
McCain equates silence with progress  —  NEW LONDON, N.H. - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Sunday he can tell the U.S. troop increase in Iraq is having an effect on the violence there.  —  How?  Democrats, who generally oppose the war, have stopped linking him to the troop build-up, he says.
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Sherry Argov / New York Post:
THE B&*%^ IS BACK  —  HILLARY SHOULD TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT
Discussion: theGarance.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Someone planting questions for John McCain?
The Atlantic Online:
This Sounds Like a Really Fun Mission  —  Fred Kagan and Michael O'Hanlon say we'd better get ready to deploy "a sizable combat force" to Pakistan for a mission that "would involve supporting the core of the Pakistani armed forces as they sought to hold the country together in the face …
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Will Lester / Associated Press:
Huckabee: Abortion not states' call  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rejects letting states decide whether to allow abortions, claiming the right to life is a moral issue not subject to multiple interpretations.  —  "It's the logic of the Civil War," …
Discussion: Hot Air, Stop The ACLU and BitsBlog
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.
Slate:
Created Equal  —  Liberal creationism  —  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ...  Last month, James Watson, the legendary biologist, was condemned and forced into retirement …
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani jets to campaign stops using casino kingpin's plane  —  The Republican presidential hopeful anted up more than $122,000 last summer alone for jets traceable to casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson, whose Las Vegas Sands empire has made him the third-richest American, a Daily News review of campaign records shows.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Cliff Schecter
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 …
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Jazz / Middle Earth Journal:   If a Democrat Falls in the Forrest ...
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain on Secret Service: Why Do I Need It?  —  Sen. John McCain in the snows of New Hampshire.  (AP).  —  John McCain often says on the campaign trail that he wants to take on the system in Washington.  Usually, he's talking about congressional spending and pork-barrel projects.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Channeling Dick Cheney  —  I have no idea who is going to win the Democratic presidential nomination, but lately I've been wondering whether, if it is Barack Obama, he might want to consider keeping Dick Cheney on as his vice president.  —  No, I personally am not a Dick Cheney fan …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Naomi Klein  —  (Please welcome in the comment section author Naomi Klein — jh)  —  The political impulse to take advantage of social upheaval in order to implement unpopular policies that a citizenry would otherwise fight against seems to be throughout history a rather intuitive one.
Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
Tucson TV Station Broadcasts Arizona Fort Huachuca Terror Threat Report  —  KOLD News 13 Tucson is currently running a special report focused on a urgent FBI report outlining a possible terrorist threat in southern Arizona.  It speaks specifically to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.
Matt / Think Progress:
Hume: Bush Is Bringing The Troops Home, Time To 'Declare Victory' In Iraq  —  On Fox News Sunday this morning, Brit Hume attacked Senate Democrats for "setting a goal that all U.S. combat soldiers withdraw from Iraq by December 15, 2008," claiming that they have an "aura of unreality" …
Mark Helprin / Opinion Journal:
The Soft Underbelly of Europe  —  Germany presents a tempting target for the jihadists and others.  —  Though no longer the chief delinquent of Europe, and though not much thought is given to its strategic position, Germany is still Europe's center of gravity, territorially contiguous …
New York Post:
JIHAD JANE'S 'STATE' OF BLISS  —  By SUSAN EDELMAN in New York and JILL CULORA in Vienna, Va.  —  FBI fraudster Nada Nadim Prouty not only used a sham marriage to get jobs with access to secret terrorist intelligence - her current husband is a State Department employee who has held sensitive posts …
 
 
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CNN:
Bomber kills kids getting toys from troops
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air exclusive: Guess who's visiting the troops at Bagram Air Base?
The Atlantic Online:
About that plan to "speed up" Thanksgiving air travel
Discussion: The Sideshow and Ezra Klein
BBC:
Zimbabwe 'ready for UK invasion'
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Japan fleet sets off to hunt humpbacks
Seth Brown / Cracked:
PrayStation: The 6 Most Misguided Christian Video Games
Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Making the Case... for Hillary Clinton. By Sean Wilentz.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Define 'Undecided'  —  CNN has come under hefty criticism …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Swiss Option  —  Has an opening appeared for a diplomatic …
Discussion: Redstate
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bangladesh Cyclone Causes 2200 Deaths But Toll Could Reach 10,000
Washington Post:
Iraq's Narrow Window
Hans Bader / OpenMarket.org:
Embarrass Your Employer, While Getting Rich Off of "Diversity" Scams
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Lou Cannon / New York Times:
Reagan's Southern Stumble
NY Daily News:
Despite a mortal terrorist threat against America, Dem contenders see no evil
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Under Siege, Life in Gaza Just Shrinks