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1:05 PM ET, November 21, 2007


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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Krugman vs. Krugman  —  In liberal Democratic circles, the debate over Social Security has taken a dangerous "don't worry, be happy" turn.  —  The argument has two equally dishonest components.  The first is to deny that Social Security faces a daunting financing problem …
Paul Krugman:
They hate me!  They really hate me!  —  Wow.  Early in my tenure at the NYT, I was advised that it's a bad idea to devote a column to attacking another columnist — not just at the Times, but anywhere.  Why?  Because it makes you look small — as if you have nothing better to do than snipe …
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
Ruth Marcus Tries to Show Her Beltway Badge of Seriousness  —  Ruth Marcus shows two things in her commentary today, "Krugman vs. Krugman".  First, she hasn't a clue about Social Security financing.  Second, she has no problem at all presenting a distorted picture to rationalize her clueless position.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Democratic 2008 presidential race tightens: Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2008 Democratic presidential race has tightened, with Barack Obama gaining on front-runner Hillary Clinton six weeks before the first contest, according to a national Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
She's No Morgenthau  —  Most of the time, Barack Obama seems like he's boxing in the wrong weight class.  But Monday in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he delivered an unscripted jab that was a beaut.  —  At a news conference, the Illinois senator was asked about Hillary Clinton's attack on his qualifications.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Challenges Obama on Foreign Experience  —  Fog may have diverted Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's plane from her campaign stop here on Tuesday, but that did not prevent her from continuing her attacks on Senator Barack Obama's experience.  —  It was an odd moment.
Associated Press:
Clinton mocks Obama's childhood experience
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Wife Or Child — Which One Has The Best Foreign-Policy Experience?
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Americans enter holidays in dark mood: Reuters poll
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Edwards: I pay no attention to Clinton/Obama 'sniping'
Discussion: Salon
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
POLL: Does Iowa Love Huckabee?  —  Huckabee surges in Iowa fueled by core Republican groups  —  Key elements of the Republican base are coalescing around Mike Huckabee in Iowa, lifting this comparatively little-known candidate to the first rank in the first state to cast votes in the 2008 presidential contest.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Huckabee Makes Crucial Gains Among GOP Base  —  GOP Underdog Says Caucus Momentum Will Propel Campaign to Party Nomination  —  Propelled by little more than his message and political skills, Republican presidential contender former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has vaulted into a statistical dead heat …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: South Carolina Republican Primary
Discussion: The New Republic and MyDD
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Musharraf may quit army by Saturday  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf could quit as chief of the army and take oath as a civilian president by Saturday, a senior official said.  —  Meeting another key demand of his U.S. sponsors and domestic opponents …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bush Reaffirms And Increases Verbal Support Of Pakistan's Musharraf
Discussion: The Newshoggers and PoliBlog (TM)
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
The Tragedy of the Commons  —  Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught about that wonderful day when Pilgrims and Native Americans shared the fruits of the harvest.  "Isn't sharing wonderful?" say the teachers.  —  They miss the point.  —  Because of sharing, the first Thanksgiving in 1623 almost didn't happen.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Klein: Both factually false and stuck in the 1980s  —  For the sake of its own credibility, Time Magazine needs immediately to prohibit Joe Klein from uttering another word about the eavesdropping and FISA controversy.  He simply doesn't know what he's talking about and he publishes demonstrably false statements.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
LAWYERS, GUNS & WASHINGTON  —  DC GUN BAN A TOUGH TEST FOR COURT  —  BY deciding yesterday to hear the District of Columbia's appeal of the federal court ruling that overturned DC's gun ban, the Supreme Court has ensured that gun control and gun rights will play a major role in the coming election …
Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Ruling Will Cripple Probes Of Lawmakers, U.S. Says  —  A little-noticed aspect of an appellate court decision could sharply limit investigations of members of Congress and hamper ongoing corruption probes, the Justice Department said this week in a motion seeking an emergency stay of the ruling.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Move to Block Bush Appointments  —  Who says the Senate cannot act quickly?  It conducted a full day's business in less than 30 seconds on Tuesday.  —  Of course, there was no real business to conduct.  But fearing that President Bush would again use a Congressional recess …
Washington Post:
A Scientific Advance, a Political Question Mark  —  The discovery that it is possible to create equivalents to embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos has the potential to reshape — and perhaps defuse — the acrimonious political debate that has raged ever since human embryonic stem cells were discovered in 1998.
Marty Griffin / KDKA-TV:
Military Says Bonus Letter Was A 'Mistake'  —  A KDKA investigation is getting national attention and results for a wounded soldier from Mt. Lebanon and perhaps thousands of others.  —  The Army ordered Jordan Fox to return thousands of dollars in bonus money because his injuries prevented him from completing his tour.
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Ian Douglas Smith, Ex-Leader of Rhodesia, Dies
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Chicago Tribune:
Giuliani's business ties create challenge
Boston Herald:
Victim's father rips Mass. 'stupidity'
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Latest target of MoveOn: Facebook
Discussion: Wonkette
Dale Franks / QandO:
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Government Secrecy May Lead to New Trial In Va. Terrorism Case
Jim Manzi / The American Scene:
Discussion: The Corner and National Review
Jeremy Herron / Associated Press:
USO Calls on O'Reilly for Support
Discussion: Think Progress and News Hounds
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Youth Vote, the Culture Wars, and Barack Obama
Discussion: Obama HQ
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Secular Priesthood
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Debating Iraq's Transition
Mosheh Oinounou / Cameron's Corner:
Rudy defends Obama's discussion of previous drug use
Democracy Now:
Deception: British Reporter Adrian Levy on How the United States …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
CAIR seeks removal of label in terrorism case
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Helen Rumbelow / Times of London:
Road From Damascus  —  Iraqis are voting with their feet by returning home after exile