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11:45 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 …
The Politico:
Rapid response speeds up  —  The presidential campaigns in both parties have begun reacting ferociously to real or perceived attacks from rivals, goaded by a tight campaign calendar that leaves no room for error, and a determination to show they're tougher than John F. Kerry was in 2004.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Two Networks Flop in Reporting on New Poll  —  If there is something surprising about the new ABC News/Washington Post survey of likely Iowa Democratic caucus attendees, it isn't the fact that Sen. Barack Obama (30 percent) holds a narrow lead over New York Sen. Hillary Clinton (26 percent) and John Edwards (22 percent).
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
U.S. Attorney for Minnesota to Leave Post  —  Rachel K. Paulose, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota who sparked staff rebellions and a federal probe into her handling of classified information, is resigning to return to the Justice Department's Washington headquarters, department officials said yesterday.
Devin Culclasure /
Protesters arrested at Gonzales speech  —  In his first appearance at a university since resigning in August, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was met at UF on Monday with a mixture of cheers, boos and scattered interruptions by protesters, two of whom were arrested.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMmuckraker
Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler / St. Petersburg Times:
Gonzales' tour stop bit rocky at UF
Discussion: Think Progress
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
U.N. to Cut Estimate Of AIDS Epidemic  —  Population With Virus Overstated by Millions  —  The United Nations' top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
UN Admits AIDS Hysterics
Discussion: Say Anything
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Progress Must Be Real If The Gray Lady Reports It
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Young voters dig Giuliani's moderate views  —  Zachary Zhengyi Lim, a freshman at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, is a self-described political moderate.  A 17-year-old who will turn 18 in time to vote in the Granite State's presidential primary, Lim said he registered Republican on a whim.
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Iraqis Joining Insurgency Less for Cause Than Cash  —  MOSUL, Iraq — Abu Nawall, a captured al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, said he didn't join the Sunni insurgent group here to kill Americans or to form a Muslim caliphate.  He signed up for the cash.  —  "I was out of work and needed the money …
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
A myth in the unmaking  —  Fox News's status as a politically impartial channel is at last being exposed as a fiction  —  Britons may be familiar with Rupert Murdoch, but I don't think the UK has a beast quite like the American Fox News Channel.  Celebrating its 11th year on the air, Fox is a breathtaking institution.
Malcolm Ritter / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Stem cell breakthrough uses no embryos  —  NEW YORK — Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.
Gina Kolata / New York Times:   New Stem Cell Method Could Ease Ethical Concerns
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
You First, Governor Huckabee  —  To the many people, both domestic and foreign, who are asking Mitt Romney to do as John F. Kennedy once did and make a speech explaining why his religion is not a threat to our cherished American way of life, I suggest that Romney respond by pointing …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Pray Tell  —  The wrong reason to hate Mitt Romney.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
DHS Erred in $475 Million Contract Given to Native Firm  —  The Department of Homeland Security improperly awarded a half-billion-dollar, no-bid contract in 2003 to a little-known company to maintain thousands of X-ray, radiation and other screening machines at U.S. border checkpoints …
Jazz / Middle Earth Journal:
The Mystery Surrounding TSA Systems Radiation Detectors
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Grand Jury to Probe Shootings by Guards  —  Blackwater Among Contractors Facing Scrutiny  —  Federal authorities have convened a grand jury to investigate multiple shootings involving private security contractors in Iraq, including a Sept. 16 incident in which guards for Blackwater Worldwide …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Corrente
New York Times:   U.S. Prosecutors Subpoena Blackwater Employees
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Wrestler Ric Flair supporting Mike Huckabee  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - In the race for presidential endorsements, Mike Huckabee has the kitschy pop culture celebrity vote on lockdown.  —  First it was martial arts hero and "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris, who appears with Huckabee in his first TV ad.
Paul Duggan / Boston Globe:
Effectiveness of D.C. gun ban still a mystery  —  WASHINGTON - Three decades ago, at the dawn of municipal self-government in the District of Columbia, the city's first elected mayor and council enacted one of the country's toughest gun-control measures, a ban on handgun ownership that opponents …
Discussion: Cold Fury and Right Wing News
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Collateral Damage  —  Casualties are definitely down.  Other places suddenly seem to need more urgent attention.  News coverage is shrinking, as is public interest.  All of which may help explain the breath of optimism one can now detect in Washington, and even in other places, about the war in Iraq.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Swarm of Swindlers  —  Like vultures, the mortgage lenders …
Discussion: Eschaton and Norwegianity
Matt Sanchez / WorldNetDaily:
Bill O'Reilly storms Afghanistan
Discussion: Think Progress
Debbie Schlussel / New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner and Human Events
Deputies Raid Wrong Address, Kill Couple's Dog
Discussion: Wonkette
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
At White House behest, NYT sat on scoop
Annie Jacobsen / Pajamas Media:
TERROR ON THE TARMAC  —  If the FBI wants the support …
Mark Daniels / The Moderate Voice:
Civility is Okay...So is the Constitution
David Freddoso / The Corner:
All about the accent?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Radley Balko / Fox News:
Casualties of the Corrupt Drug War
Confederate Yankee:
Sacrificial Lamb? Head Fact-checker Gone at TNR
Discussion: A Blog For All and BitsBlog
Peter Schworm / Boston Globe:
Professor takes heat for nod to Clinton
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Department of Painfully Inappropriate Comparisons
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
S.C. court allows suit against NYC mayor to go forward
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
The Annapolis Fiasco  —  Condoleezza Rice's pointless Middle East conference.
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
What Obama Must Do  —  1. Sear into people's minds that experience means nothing.
Discussion: Alternate Brain
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Segmented Society  —  On Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles played on "The Ed Sullivan Show."