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3:40 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...  Mark Halperin, trying to fill column space while saying nothing at all: … Uh... what?  An incumbent President with a strong economy who never trailed in a meaningful poll was an underdog in 1996?  And a wartime incumbent who also never trailed was an underdog in 2004?
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
It Takes Astute Observation, Not Mea Culpas  —  Mark Halperin has a hysterical op-ed in the NYT today, designed to be a mea culpa for the failures of presidential campaign journalism.  Halperin reveals the reason behind the press corps' obsession with horse race politics …
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Stumping for wife, Clinton can help, or hurt, anybody
Discussion: The Corner and Riehl World View
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."
Discussion: Political Machine
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:   Thompson calls gun show 'paradise'
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 …
Discussion: Flopping Aces, Hot Air and Macsmind
Tim Graham /   NPR Loves Bad Cinema — If It's 'Laudable Agitprop' Against the Troops
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.
Michelle Malkin:
"Posterizing" the Democrat Party contest: Announcing the finalists  —  Submissions for the "posterizing the Democrat Party" photo shop/graphic art contest-parodying the Huffington Post's "posterizing the modern GOP" campaign-have poured in the past few days.
Times of London:
US is'worst' imperialist: archbishop  —  THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.  —  Rowan Williams claimed that America's attempt to intervene overseas by "clearing the decks" with a …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
A Travesty Of Justice  —  I do not know exactly who Bilal Hussain and do not know for sure whether the wild claims of the bloggy lynch-mob seeking his imprisonment are in any way merited.  That's why the justice system exists - in both civilian and military contexts.
Times of London:
Al-Qaeda kingpin: I trained 9/11 hijackers -  —  From his Turkish jail, a senior terrorist claims a key role in atrocities around the world  —  Insight: Chris Gourlay and Jonathan Calvert  —  IN a small windowless cell lit by a single light bulb, Louai al-Sakka sits isolated from the world and fellow inmates for 24 hours a day.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Real Heroism: Restraint  —  In the 1920s and '30s, the American left was riven by multiple factions furiously representing different flavors of socialism, each accusing the others of revisionism and deviationism.  Leftists comforted themselves with the thought that "you can't split rotten wood."
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
What Kevin Rudd's Australia Win Means  —  Australia's Shadow Climate Change Minister and former Midnight Oil Singer Peter Garrett  —  Australia's election that has today elevated the Labor Party to majority status and Kevin Rudd to succeed the conservative John Howard may signal a major shift ahead in America's political order.
Discussion: The Sideshow
Rohan Sullivan / Associated Press:
Rudd makes global warming a priority
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Great News For Republicans
Discussion: Open Left and
New York Times:
The High Cost of Health Care
Naomi Wolf / Washington Post:
Hey, Young Americans, Here's a Text for You
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Time magazine's FISA fiasco shows how Beltway reporters mislead the country
Epaminondas / Infidel Bloggers Alliance:
David Duke's defenders and Vlaams Belangs defenders...just one tiny difference
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
"A TONAL SHIFT"....This pisses me off: … A "tonal shift"?
Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
A Time for Bold Thinking on Housing
Discussion: Calculated Risk
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In Iowa and N.H., 2008 election more volatile than most
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Immigrant Workers Caught in Net Cast for Gangs
Discussion: A Blog For All and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
A Long Road Back After Exoneration, and Justice Is Slow to Make Amends
Martin Walker / New York Times:
Smoking Guns and Mushroom Clouds
Los Angeles Times:
Fire destroys 49 homes in Malibu
Discussion: BitsBlog
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Saudi Islamic school defends self against 'Terror High' label
Andrea Jones / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Emory building draped in black to save birds
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Kasparov Gets 5 Days in Jail for Marching
Disabled veterans jeered at swimming pool