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11:35 AM 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Guardian
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MyDD
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Associated Press:
Clinton mocks Obama's childhood experience  —  SHENANDOAH, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton ridiculed Democratic rival Barack Obama on Tuesday for his contention that living in a foreign country as a child helped give him a better understanding of the foreign policy challenges facing the U.S.
Helen Rumbelow / Times of London:
Road From Damascus  —  Iraqis are voting with their feet by returning home after exile  —  The figures are hard to estimate precisely but the process could involve hundreds of thousands of people.  The numbers are certainly large enough, as we report today, for a mass convoy to be planned next week …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Debating Iraq's Transition
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
In Iraq, Signs of Hope and Peril
Alice Miles / Times of London:
Better security sees Iraqi refugees flood home
Discussion: Harry's Place
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush: Musharraf has not 'crossed the line.'
Discussion: rubber hose
ABCNEWS:
TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
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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 …
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
G.O.P. Rivals Trade Charges on Illegal Immigration  —  The back and forth between Mitt Romney's and Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaigns over illegal immigration continued yesterday, with each side impugning the other's record on the issue.  —  Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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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.
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 …
Mosheh Oinounou / Cameron's Corner:
Rudy defends Obama's discussion of previous drug use  —  Chicago, IL — Rudy Giuliani declared that Americans should not expect a "pretense of perfection" from candidates running for office and says he respects Barack Obama's "honesty" for discussing his previous drug use with a group of high schoolers today.
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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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Blue Crab Boulevard
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
CAIR seeks removal of label in terrorism case  —  The Council on American-Islamic Relations is seeking help from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. to pressure the Justice Department to change the group's status as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case.
 
 
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Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Bruning quits Senate race
Washington Post:
Pentagon Warns of Civilian Layoffs If Congress Delays War Funding
Fox News:
Scott McClellan Levels Charges of Deception Against White House Over CIA Leak Case
Democracy Now:
Deception: British Reporter Adrian Levy on How the United States …
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Michael Marshall / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Don't flame me, bro'  —  Recently there has been a sharp increase …
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Dan Browning / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Imams' suit wins a round in court
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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