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10:15 PM ET, November 20, 2007

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan points finger at Bush, Rove  —  Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan names names in a caustic passage from a forthcoming memoir that accuses President Bush, Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney of being "involved" in his giving the press false information about the CIA leak case.
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ABCNEWS:
Bush: Clinton Understands White House Pressure  —  Exclusive Interview Details President's Thoughts on 2008 Race, Last Year in Office  —  President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's experience as first lady has prepared her to handle the "pressure" …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Associated Press:
McClellan blames Bush for CIA leak deceit  —  Former spokesman says both president and vice president involved  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role …
Marty Griffin / KDKA-TV:
Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back  —  The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.  —  To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Wounded soldiers asked to return signing bonuses  —  When Jordan Fox was serving in Iraq, his mother helped organize Operation Pittsburgh Pride, which sends thousands of care packages to U.S. troops from his hometown, which prompted a personal "thank you" from the White House.
Matt / Think Progress:   Military demanding bonus pay back from wounded vets.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court agrees to rule on gun case  —  After a hiatus of 68 years, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to rule on the meaning of the Second Amendment — the hotly contested part of the Constitution that guarantees "a right to keep and bear arms."  Not since 1939 has the Court heard …
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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.
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Yeas & Nays:
DeLay Knocks GOP: 'The leadership just isn't getting it'  —  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be in a leadership position on Capitol Hill anymore, but that doesn't mean he can't weigh in on the current GOP leadership.  —  DeLay told Yeas & Nays that Republicans in Congress are …
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
New Stem Cell Method Could Ease Ethical Concerns  —  Two teams of scientists are reporting today that they turned human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without having to make or destroy an embryo — a feat that could quell the ethical debate troubling the field.
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Lynn Sweet:
Sweet scoop: Oprah to stump for Obama.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—Oprah Winfrey is poised to campaign for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.  —  Obama made the disclosure while working a crowd at Central High School here, after delivering an education policy speech.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama talks of past drug use
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
More detail on the controversial Iowa poll  —  I spoke this morning to a source closely familiar with the details of that Iowa poll that raised eyebrows last week, though he was unable to definitively say who sponsored the poll, and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Discussion: Pollster.com
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Confronts 'Polarizing' Issue  —  TAMA, Iowa - On one of the most provocative political questions of the day - is Hillary Rodham Clinton too polarizing to be president?  - Mrs. Clinton delivered a punchy and pointed rejoinder at a town meeting last night, using some of her most memorable language …
Discussion: Big Lizards and BitsBlog
Devin Culclasure / alligator.org:
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.
Billw / Crooks and Liars:
NYC Fire Chief: Giuliani 'Not Mr 9/11′ 'Not a Hero' 'He Ran That Day'  —  John posted yesterday about how Rudy is now "trumpeting his leadership in the wake of 9/11 in campaign mailings to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire" despite claiming all along that he wasn't running on his 9/11 record.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
The Left's Collective Aneurysm  —  As expected, today's extraordinary front page article in the New York Times on progress in Iraq is causing aneurysms across wide swathes of the left-wing blogosphere.  You might think the news that "the security improvements in most neighborhoods are real" …
 
 
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Bruce Loudon / The Australian:
Musharraf frees political prisoners
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Reuters:
San Francisco to give illegal aliens ID cards
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Michelle Obama: My Husband Is Only Candidate Who Can Change How World Views America
Jessica Van Sack / Boston Herald:
Romney camp denies role in anti-Mitt push polls
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
California suing Nebraska voting machine maker for $15 million
Discussion: Calitics
Guardian:
Shame on us
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Some recipients of Romney's charity are boosting his bid
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Poll: Clinton's lead shrinks among New Hampshire Democrats
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Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Denial Makes the World Go Round
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
At White House behest, NYT sat on scoop