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1:15 AM ET, November 20, 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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama moves ahead in Iowa, tied in first  —  Sen. Barack Obama is statistically tied with Sen. Hillary Clinton for the lead in the make-or-break state of Iowa, and considered trustworthy by twice as many people, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
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?
Fox News:
Novak Stands by Obama Dirt Story, Compares Clinton Campaign Tactics to Nixon  —  WASHINGTON — Columnist Robert Novak stood by his story Monday that the Clinton campaign is spreading the word that it's holding back on dishing dirt on Barack Obama, and charged the Democratic frontrunner with playing "Nixon tricks."
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Obama Takes Lead In Iowa
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Clinton, Obama and the Experience Question
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Bilal Hussein case update: Military to bring charges, AP complains; Update: "MNF-I possesses convincing and irrefutable evidence that Bilal Hussein is a threat to security and stability as a link to insurgent activity"  —  Update 11:50pm Eastern: Via the AFP, the US military reveals some details...
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
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") …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Panel Picks 4 Debate Sites, Angering Excluded New Orleans
Dan Browning / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Paulose steps down, takes D.C. job  —  Minnesota's U.S. attorney, Rachel Paulose  —  U.S. Attorney quit today in wake of public comments last week.  —  U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose quit her job in Minnesota today, effective in January.  The announcement from her office said she will return to Washington …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: On Deadline and Think Progress
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 …
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.
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