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1:15 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
For Bush, Advances But Not Approval  —  The war in Iraq seems to have taken a turn for the better and the opposition at home has failed in all efforts to impose its own strategy.  North Korea is dismantling its nuclear program.  The budget deficit is falling.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Homeland security aide leaving White House  —  Frances Fragos Townsend, President George W. Bush's homeland security adviser, will announce Monday that she's leaving the White House, a senior administration official told Politico.  —  "It's an important job and she was good at it," the official said.
Associated Press:
Bush homeland security adviser resigns  —  WASHINGTON - Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based terrorism adviser who gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security, is stepping down after 4 1/2 years.  —  President Bush said in a statement Monday morning that Townsend …
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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Greg Sargent / 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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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Novak and Clinton and Obama ... oh my
Discussion: Political Machine
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama accuses Clinton campaign of mud-slinging with Novak column
Discussion: MSNBC and Reuters
Mark Hemingway / National Review Online:
Did Mitt Romney Push Poll Himself?  —  News broke Thursday that voters in New Hampshire and Iowa had received phone calls from pollsters raising questions about aspects of Republican Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.  Who made the calls?  Although the Romney campaign denies involvement, evidence points in its general direction.
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Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
Pushy Polling
Discussion: National Review
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Mi Casa, Sue Casa  —  Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can't speak English.  —  It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Rakes in Profit in Credit Crisis  —  For more than three months, as turmoil in the credit market has swept wildly through Wall Street, one mighty investment bank after another has been brought to its knees, leveled by multibillion-dollar blows to their bottom lines.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats Say They Won't Back Down on War  —  Democrats in Congress failed once again Friday to shift President Bush's war strategy in Iraq, but insisted that they would not let up.  Their explanation for their latest foiled effort seemed to boil down to a simple question: "What else are we supposed to do?"
Agence France Presse:
Baghdad by night — juice bars, neon lights, bustling streets  —  The gaudy orange, green and purple electronic palm trees flashing in the dark alert you that you're getting close to one of Baghdad's bustling nightspots.  —  The palms, like a mirage, can be seen from way down the darkened streets …
Pajamas Media:
War on Terror Conversations: Fred Thompson [Video]  —  In the first Pajamas Media War on Terror Conversation, Presidential candidate Fred Thompson discusses the current situations in Iran, Iraq and Pakistan.  The senator/actor also explains why he thinks the recent Hollywood anti-war films are box office failures.
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Chris Dodd's perfect squelch  —  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The boast remains the centerpiece of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the former first lady sold it aggressively during Thursday night's Democratic debate: "It is important that we have a candidate who is tested and a president who is ready to lead from Day 1."
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
Robert D. Novak / Weekly Standard:
McCarthy=Bad  —  But the truth is more complicated.  —  Blacklisted by History  —  The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies  —  by M. Stanton Evans  —  Crown Forum, 672 pp., $29.95 … M. Stanton Evans is a conservative who has been highly esteemed …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Remember me  —  Rudy Giuliani, Disciplinarian  —  As he has tacked to the left and right throughout his career, his worldview has remained constant.  —  Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and frontrunner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, worked …
 
 
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Sarah Liebowitz / Concord Monitor:
Tancredo wants one tongue
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Hardball: Buchanan and Maddow on Illegal Immigration
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Terrorism and Torture  —  Norm Geras makes a striking point:
Peter Foster / Telegraph:
Bangladesh cyclone death toll hits 15,000
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Chávez and the King
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
NY1 Anchor Quits After Calling a Show on the Station Under a False Name
Los Angeles Times:
Sects unite to battle Al Qaeda in Iraq
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State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy
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It's one small step from Brown's paranoid state into a police one
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
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