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7:40 PM ET, November 25, 2007


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Mark Halperin / New York Times:
How 'What It Takes' Took Me Off Course  —  MORE than any other book, Richard Ben Cramer's "What It Takes," about the 1988 battle for the White House, influenced the way I cover campaigns.  —  I'm not alone.  The book's thesis — that prospective presidents are best evaluated by their ability …
The Atlantic Online:
I'll Just Say He's Right and Leave It At That  —  This Mark Halperin op-ed is really stunning.  I'm glad I've got a long car ride in my future this afternoon, because maybe it'll give me the opportunity to really process why and how this is happening.  At a first glance, though …
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:   I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think it Means...
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WHAT IT TAKES....In the New York Times today, conventional wisdom …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Thompson charges Fox News is biased against his campaign  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) suggested on Sunday that Fox News is biased against his campaign, charging that the network highlights commentators who have been critical of his run for the presidency.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fred Thompson Attacks Fox News  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) charged "that Fox News is biased against his campaign, charging that the network highlights commentators who have been critical of his run for the presidency."
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Giuliani presses the flesh in N.H.  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Rudy Giuliani took the bus Saturday, pushing through this first-in-the-nation presidential primary state in a daylong, people-to-people tour.  —  Courting voters face-to-face at diners and holiday parades would normally be all in a day's work …
Discussion: NY Daily News
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Pro-Patriot Act Giuliani meets anti-act Ron Paulites  —  NASHUA, N.H.—Attempts to cut back on government surveillance and "aggressive questioning" of suspected terrorists are irresponsible and undercut the country's war on terrorism, Republican Rudy Giuliani said this weekend.
NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton has only herself to blame  —  Way back in 1992, when Hillary and Hubba Bubba first burst onto the national scene, many Americans expressed doubts about their honesty and integrity.  Clintonesque, parsing, the definition of "is" - those and other phrases became polite shorthand ways of accusing a Clinton of lying.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Why You Can Believe all Those Warnings About The Death of the West  —  I suggest that the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams read a little history about the British experience in India before he offers politically-correct but historically laughable sermons like the one he gave to a Muslim "lifestyle" magazine:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Atrios / Eschaton:
Bizarro World  —  If conservatives seized on a mirror image of the journalistic clusterf**kery of Joe Klein it wouldn't stop at Glennzilla beating up on him and the rest of us laughing at him.  Drudge would put up a big siren.  Limbaugh would spend a week turning Joe Klein into public enemy #1 for his dittoheads.
New York Times:
The High Cost of Health Care  —  The relentless, decades-long rise in the cost of health care has left many Americans struggling to pay their medical bills.  Workers complain that they cannot afford high premiums for health insurance.  Patients forgo recommended care rather than pay the out-of-pocket costs.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   The Times Editors On Health Care - Embace the Fantasy
New York Post:
DE PALMA IRAQ FLICK BOMBS  —  November 25, 2007 — IT'S hard for Hollywood pacifists like Brian De Palma to capture the hearts and minds of America if  —  Americans won't see their movies.  While the public is staying away in droves from "Rendition," "Lions for Lambs" and "In the Valley of Elah …
Tim Graham /
NPR Loves Bad Cinema — If It's 'Laudable Agitprop' Against the Troops
Discussion: Right Wing News
Faiz / Think Progress:
Memo To New York Post: The Bush Administration Was Warned About 9/11  —  New York Post reporter Andy Soltis writes of the latest Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll that finds a great majority of Americans believe the government failed to heed warnings about 9/11.
Sig Christenson / Houston Chronicle:
Ex-coalition leader says Bush failed to have plan  —  Sanchez: It's time to withdraw troops, let Iraq take responsibility  —  Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who led coalition forces through the first critical year of Iraq's insurgency, said Saturday in a nationally broadcast radio address …
Discussion: The Corner, QandO and BitsBlog
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
In Iowa, Clinton Is Pressed on Murdoch  —  FORT DODGE, Iowa - The curious relationship between Hillary Rodham Clinton, presidential candidate, and Rupert Murdoch, media baron, flashed briefly before the eyes of Iowans on Saturday night during a Clinton campaign event.
Discussion: Balkinization and Macsmind
Jennifer V. Hughes / New York Times:
Tax for 2 Cents Plain Is Anything but Simple  —  VOTERS in Upper Freehold Township passed a bond question this month that will raise an additional $264,000 annually to preserve farmland in their Monmouth County community.  —  Or did they?  —  It turns out the ballots were misprinted.
The Politico:
Obama casts himself as civil rights successor  —  DES MOINES — Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) cast himself Sunday as a natural and necessary heir to the civil rights greats, appealing to black worshippers to show the courage of their forerunners and back his candidacy for president.
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Rob Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
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New York Times:
Payload: Taking Aim at Corporate Bribery
Simon Gardner / Reuters:
Sharif returns to Pakistan from exile
Mariam Karouny / Reuters:
Row mars Iraq parl't hearing on Baathists bill
Discussion: Needlenose and The Newshoggers
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Obama open to limited legalization of marijuana
Discussion: TalkLeft
Financial Times:
Investors fear new round of turmoil
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
U.S. intel center wary of terrorist attack
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Great News For Republicans
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Notes Limited Progress in Afghan War
Naomi Wolf / Washington Post:
Hey, Young Americans, Here's a Text for You
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Michelle Malkin:
"Posterizing" the Democrat Party contest: Announcing the finalists
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
A Time for Bold Thinking on Housing
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
A Travesty Of Justice  —  I do not know exactly who Bilal Hussain …
Times of London:
Al-Qaeda kingpin: I trained 9/11 hijackers –
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Real Heroism: Restraint
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Immigrant Workers Caught in Net Cast for Gangs

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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
The US Senate reauthorizes FISA's Section 702; some communication service providers had threatened to stop cooperating with the US government in case of a lapse

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Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
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