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2:20 PM ET, November 20, 2007


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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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court will hear D.C. guns case  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide whether the District of Columbia can ban handguns, a case that could produce the most in-depth examination of the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" in nearly 70 years.
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.
Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler / St. Petersburg Times:   Gonzales' tour stop bit rocky at UF
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Students Protest Alberto Gonzales At University of Florida Speaking Gig
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Ron Paul isn't that scary
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
You First, Governor Huckabee
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.
Editor and Publisher:
Scott McClellan's Book Coming in April — Admits Wrongdoing in Clearing Rove and Libby in CIA Leak Case  —  NEW YORK To no one's surprise in a world where top White House aides with any president eventually write a book about it, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan will be coming out with his volume in April.
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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Inside the Post/ABC Iowa Survey
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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQI: The Sopranos Of Iraq
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr /
Staticidal Zealotry  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is behaving like a zealot.  In her ever-more-rash pursuit of a Palestinian state, she is exhibiting the syndrome defined by the philosopher George Santana, as one who redoubles her efforts upon losing sight of the objective.
Discussion: Spectator
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
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weekly Standard
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
At White House behest, NYT sat on scoop  —  When the New York Times published a front page story Sunday about the United States' and Pakistan's joint clandestine efforts to protect nuclear weapons, the newspaper offered a glimpse into a "highly classified program" the Bush administration long objected to seeing in print.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: Hope and Change  —  This one hasn't been officially released yet, but the Obama campaign is circulating it to supporters.  —  It's to air in South Carolina starting tomorrow, fleshing out his message of "Hope and Change" a bit, and tying it to his record as a community organizer and civil rights lawyer.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and The Page
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.
American Research Group, Inc.:
Bush Job Approval Ratings and the National Economy  —  George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has increased to 31% as Americans have turned less pessimistic about their household financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
$20 Billion in Afghanistan, Iraq Contract Cash Goes to Unidentified Companies
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Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Denial Makes the World Go Round
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Dana Hughes Reports / The Blotter:
Bridges Burned in U.S., Political King Maker Hits Africa
Arianna Huffington /
Polling Project  —  "The impact of polls and polling …
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Associated Press:
The most likable candidates? Obama and Giuliani are tops
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Los Angeles Times:
A gap in GOP candidates' healthcare proposals
Matt Sanchez / WorldNetDaily:
Bill O'Reilly storms Afghanistan
Discussion: Think Progress
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Debbie Schlussel / New York Post:
Deputies Raid Wrong Address, Kill Couple's Dog
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
Radley Balko / Fox News:
Casualties of the Corrupt Drug War
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Collateral Damage