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1:50 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?
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
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama: Takes Terrorism 'Deadly Serious'
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...
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.
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 …
Bryan / Hot Air:   Bilal Hussein to be tried in the Iraqi justice system
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
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
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 …
New York Times:
Baghdad Starts to Exhale as Security Improves  —  Five months ago, Suhaila al-Aasan lived in an oxygen tank factory with her husband and two sons, convinced that they would never go back to their apartment in Dora, a middle-class neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
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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The Blotter:
Blackwater Guards Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Danger Room
Michelle Malkin:
MTV in the Middle East
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Sikhs Seethe Over a Snub by Clintons
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A Response to Andrew Sullivan