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2:45 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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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" …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama accuses Clinton campaign of mud-slinging with Novak column
Discussion: Democracy in America, MSNBC and Reuters
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: D-Day
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.
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 …
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 …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT IS HILLARY CLINTON'S FOREIGN POLICY?  —  Matt's anxiety about Hillary Clinton's foreign policy program is well-put, and widely-shared.  She has not sought to convince anyone that statements like "We cannot, we should not, we must not, permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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The Atlantic Online:
The LBJ Analogy  —  Dave Roberts comes away impressed by Hillary Clinton:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gristmill
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues  —  Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, calls Shepard Smith his "go-to guy," the person he wants leading the channel's coverage any time news breaks.  —  Mr. Ailes has put his network's money where he wants its chief voice to be.
Discussion: Hot Air and TVNewser
 
 
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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 Politico
Bryan / Hot Air:
New Hot Air video: The Politics of Planting
San Francisco Chronicle:
3 ex-wives of Muslim bakery founder allege elaborate welfare scam
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Alberto Makes The Rounds
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Health care stance hurts Blunt
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Chris Dodd's perfect squelch
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Remember me  —  Rudy Giuliani, Disciplinarian
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Tancredo wants one tongue
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Hardball: Buchanan and Maddow on Illegal Immigration
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
Robert D. Novak / Weekly Standard:
McCarthy=Bad  —  But the truth is more complicated.  —  Blacklisted by History
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
Team Huckabee / Mike Huckabee for President:
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