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7:45 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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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 …
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?
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
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 …
Discussion: ap.org and Little Green Footballs
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Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
US plans case against AP photographer
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
AP Photog & Terrorist Propagandist Bilal Hussein to be Charged …
Discussion: Macsmind
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:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Dean's World
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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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Townsend's goodbye to Bush: 'You are such a man.'  —  Outgoing Homeland Security Adviser Frances Fragos Townsend today sent President Bush a three-page handwritten letter announcing her resignation.  A highlight from the letter: … See a full-size version of the letter HERE.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Bryan / Hot Air:
New Hot Air video: The Politics of Planting  —  Why did so many of the "undecided voters" who asked questions at last week's Democrat debate turn out to be either anti-war, labor, race politics or Democrat party activists?  —  Watch this video on blip.  —  Links:  —  Riehl World View
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.
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.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Philadelphia Gives Boy Scouts Ultimatum  —  City Solicitor Tells Branch to Renounce Its Ban on Gays or Lose Rent Subsidy  —  PHILADELPHIA — This may be the last free Thanksgiving dinner for the Boy Scouts of Philadelphia.  —  Citing a local 1982 "fair practices" law …
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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Dan Browning / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Paulose steps down, takes D.C. job
HillaryClinton.com:
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Elizabeth Brotherton / Roll Call:
Capitol Police Officer Suspended in Connection With Senate Bathroom Fires
Discussion: Wonkette
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Freedom's Watch Focus Groups War with Iran
MarketWatch:
CBS News writers authorize strike
CNN:
'Pro forma' Senate blocks recess appointments
The Blotter:
Blackwater Guards Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Danger Room
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James Vesely / Seattle Times:
The handoff: Newspapers in the digital age
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bad News for Lewis and Calvert: FBI's Still Probing
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ATTACK!  —  I highly recommend Reed Hundt's new post over at TPMCafe …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Courtney E. Martin / American Prospect:
The Problem With Youth Activism
Discussion: Ezra Klein
San Francisco Chronicle:
3 ex-wives of Muslim bakery founder allege elaborate welfare scam
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Chris Dodd's perfect squelch
 

 
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT managers launched a leak probe after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode of The Daily about Hamas and sexual violence

Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz is launching Power User, a weekly Vox Media video podcast on trends shaping the internet and tech landscape, on March 21

Kevin Nguyen / The Verge:
A eulogy for TinyLetter, as the newsletter tool acquired by Mailchimp in 2011 shuts down after a brief run nurturing great personal writing on the internet

 
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