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11:10 PM ET, November 19, 2007


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Washington Post:
For Democrats, Iowa Still Up for Grabs  —  The top three Democratic presidential contenders remain locked in a close battle in Iowa, with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) seeing her advantages diminish on key issues, including the questions of experience and which candidate is best prepared …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: Obama Finds Help in Iowa With a Focus on New Ideas  —  Contest Close in Iowa, Obama Mounting Strong Race Against Clinton  —  A growing focus on fresh ideas coupled with lingering doubts about Hillary Clinton's honesty and forthrightness are keeping the Democratic presidential contest close in Iowa …
The Atlantic Online:
John Fund Identifies The Obama "Rumor"  —  Why does it seem that Republican columnists have better sources among Democrats than everyone else?  —  Here's John Fund, writing in today's … Pretty thin stuff.  And haven't we heard the Tony Rezko tale already?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Obama Takes Lead In Iowa
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Thompson skids while Romney, Paul climb in N.H. poll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has skidded into sixth place in a new CNN/WMUR poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, edged out by ex-Libertarian and anti-war congressman Ron Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Michelle Malkin:
Bilal Hussein case update: Military to bring charges, AP complains  —  In April 2006, I broke news about our military's detention of Associated Press stringer Bilal Hussein-whom sources in Iraq told me was captured by American forces in a building in Ramadi, Iraq, with a cache of weapons …
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
US plans case against AP photographer  —  NEW YORK - The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.  —  An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
AP Photog & Terrorist Propagandist Bilal Hussein to be Charged (UPDATE: Jawa helped nab Bilal Hussein?!?!)  —  ***Bumped: The Jawa Report credited with Bilal Hussein prosecution!!  Scroll to end for details***  —  Above: Curiously, al Qaeda in Iraq fighters in pose for Bilal Hussein.
Bryan / Hot Air:   Bilal Hussein to be tried in the Iraqi justice system
National Review Online:
Wrong Target  —  Today's unfortunate article written by Mark Hemingway concerning allegations over anti-Romney push-polling that suggests that TargetPoint Consulting was somehow involved is both inaccurate and inexcusable.  —  To set the record straight: TargetPoint Consulting has absolutely nothing to do with the calls in question.
Fareed Zakaria /
America the Unwelcoming  —  The United States is the only major country in the world to which travel has declined amid a tourist boom.  —  As an immigrant, I've always loved Thanksgiving for all the corniest reasons.  It's a distinctly American holiday, secular and inclusive, focused on food, family and gratitude.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
News staffers at CBS authorize a strike  —  Union officials hope the vote prompts the network to resume negotiations.  The two sides last met in January.  —  NEW YORK — CBS news writers, graphic artists and other staffers who work for the network's television and radio news operations voted …
MarketWatch:   CBS News writers authorize strike
Norman Podhoretz / Commentary:
A Response to Andrew Sullivan  —  In my article "The Case for Bombing Iran" (COMMENTARY, June 2007), in my book World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, and in various public appearances (including a televised debate with Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek), I quoted the Ayatollah Khomeini as having said the following:
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   NPod Responds  —  He gets Amir Taheri to cite his Khomeini quote …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ.  —  A few weeks ago, in Britain's Prospect magazine, the paper's foreign editor, Bartle Bull, published a bold essay saying that the high tide of violence in Iraq was essentially behind us and that the ebb had disclosed some interesting things.
Poll: Romney Gains While Giuliani Slides  —  McCain Pulls Into Second In N.H. Survey  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has lost ground and rival Mitt Romney has established a lead in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Sikhs Seethe Over a Snub by Clintons  —  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Clinton campaign's abrupt cancellation of scheduled appearances here is leaving members of the Sikh community dismayed and demanding an explanation.  —  Traditional food, elaborate costumes, and ritual sword fighting …
Commission on Presidential Debates:
Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Sites, Dates, Formats and Candidate Selection Criteria for 2008 General Election  —  Paul G. Kirk, Jr. and Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chairmen of the non-partisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates ("CPD" or "the Commission") …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
FBI hate crimes report for 2006: Jews suffer over 5 times more attacks than Muslims  —  Remember this the next time CAIR starts claiming protected victim status.  From the FBI's site (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair) comes a table on hate crimes, from which I have taken here only the number …
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Lawyer Groups to Flag Cases Needing Review
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