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6:05 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp Uses Disputed Gerth Account Of Clintons' 20-Year-Plan To Fault Hillary  —  Barack Obama has unveiled a new line of criticism against Hillary: In speeches he's started to point to the allegation made in Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta's Hillary book that the Clintons secretly formulated …
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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 OpinionJournal.com: … Pretty thin stuff.  And haven't we heard the Tony Rezko tale already?
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Novak and Clinton and Obama ... oh my  —  If the acrimony between the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns was kindling, Robert Novak's shamelessly unethical column was a match.  —  If you're just joining us, Novak reported yesterday that Hillary Clinton's "agents" …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Clinton spar over grips on the economy
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Dean's World
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
NPod Responds  —  He gets Amir Taheri to cite his Khomeini quote as existing in an out-of-print compilation of Khomeini quotes from 1981.  It appears that Podhoretz originally used the quote without knowing of its provenance.  Taheri, whose reliability has come under suspicion before …
Politicker NJ:
Ferguson won't seek re-election  —  Rep. Mike Ferguson will announce today that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term in 2008.  The 37-year-old Republican, who won re-election last year by just 1% against Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Stender, wants to spend more time with his four young children.
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Juan Melli / Blue Jersey:
Mike Ferguson Announces Retirement
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and D-Day
Bryan / Hot Air:
New Hot Air video: The Politics of Planting  —  Why did so many of the "undecided voters" who asked questions at last week's Democrat debate turn out to be either anti-war, labor, race politics or Democrat party activists?  —  Watch this video on blip.  —  Links:  —  Riehl World View
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Townsend's goodbye to Bush: 'You are such a man.'  —  Outgoing Homeland Security Adviser Frances Fragos Townsend today sent President Bush a three-page handwritten letter announcing her resignation.  A highlight from the letter: … See a full-size version of the letter HERE.
Discussion: Wonkette
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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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans and Race  —  Over the past few weeks there have been a number of commentaries about Ronald Reagan's legacy, specifically about whether he exploited the white backlash against the civil rights movement.  —  The controversy unfortunately obscures the larger point, which should be undeniable …
Michelle Malkin:
MTV in the Middle East  —  I've often wondered what it would take for MTV to clean up its act.  Now, we know.  The aging music network wants Middle Eastern eyeballs, and it'll do anything to cater to its audience-including toning down raunchy content and covering up scantily-clad hostesses.
CQ Politics:
Some House Backers of Thompson Are Starting to Lose the Faith  —  Several House Republicans who endorsed Fred Thompson for president now say that they are frustrated with what they view as an apathetic campaign, and at least one regrets having committed to the former Tennessee senator.
Discussion: Eschaton and TPM Election Central
James Vesely / Seattle Times:
The handoff: Newspapers in the digital age  —  We know that newspapers are struggling to survive.  The story of newspapers today is of layoffs, declining or static circulation numbers, and the spiral of an entire industry.  —  The collapse of the Knight-Ridder chain and the subsequent sell-off …
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") …
New York Times:
U.S. Hopes to Arm Pakistani Tribes Against Al Qaeda  —  A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces …
 
 
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CNN:
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Blackwater Guards Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Victory Will Come as in Cold War, Rumsfeld Predicts
Michelle Malkin:
Bilal Hussein case update: Military to bring charges, AP complains
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek.com:
America the Unwelcoming  —  The United States is the only major country …
Los Angeles Times:
Sects unite to battle Al Qaeda in Iraq
Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon Teams Up With AEI's Kagan To Advocate Pre-Emptive Strike On Pakistan
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ATTACK!  —  I highly recommend Reed Hundt's new post over at TPMCafe …
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Courtney E. Martin / American Prospect:
The Problem With Youth Activism
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Frank James / The Swamp:
Two former Va. guvs to vie for Senate seat
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues
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