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9:10 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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?
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Obama Takes Lead In Iowa
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Clinton spar over who knows economy best
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
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WMUR:
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.
Discussion: Pollster.com
Michelle Malkin:
Bilal Hussein case update: Military to bring charges, AP complains  —  In April 2006, I broke news about our military's detention of Associated Press stringer Bilal Hussein-whom sources in Iraq told me was captured by American forces in a building in Ramadi, Iraq, with a cache of weapons …
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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
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:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   NPod Responds  —  He gets Amir Taheri to cite his Khomeini quote …
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.
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.
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek.com:
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.
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") …
 
 
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