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12:20 AM ET, November 29, 2007

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Giuliani billed obscure agencies for trips  —  As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Politico: Rudy hid security expenses for visits to Judi in obscure city agency budgets?  Update: Rudy campaign launches internal probe  —  The actual story here kind of sneaks up on you.  At first you think they're charging him with having siphoned off taxpayer money to pay for personal trips with then-mistress Judi Nathan.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Page
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Let's Play Gotcha At The YouTube Debate...Or Not  —  Nicholas Von Hoffman writes about the embarrassing and unprofessional Russert/Williams Democratic Debate tag team of two weeks ago: … And then there's tonight's Republican YouTube debate: … The majority of Americans believe that women …
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
A Depressing Debate  —  What a depressing debate.  CNN's long slide into mediocrity accelerates.  Is this what running for president of the greatest democracy in the world has become?  Standing in front of CNN's corporate logo in a hall full of yowling Ron Paul loons and enduring clumsy webcam questions …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A powerful moment  —  A retired Army general, Keith Kerr, just listed all his military credentials and then left the crowd silent by saying at the end of his video that he is "an openly gay man" and wants to know why gays can't serve in the military.  —  Romney was hit by Anderson Cooper …
Adam Yoshida:
Why is a Hillary Clinton Campaign Member Asking Questions at a Republican Debate?  —  So, the fellow who just asked the Republican candidates about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, retired Brigader General Keith Kerr, is a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Presidency.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Hillary Gets a Question  —  From a reader:
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
CNN Fails to Mention Retired Gay General's Endorsement of Hillary
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the CNN/YouTube debate: "Edginess," "elbows, "eh.  " Update: Romney's the Energizer candidate  —  *Debate vid highlights/lowlights will be here.  So, who won?  —  Quick and dirty reaction: Romney looked strong and energetic, with one stumble on the Bible question.
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Sean Hackbarth / Fred File:
Liveblogging the CNN/YouTube Debate
Discussion: National Review and Flopping Aces
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Republicans debate: Whose show was it, after all?
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: "Good Bill" vs "Bad Bill"  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - As only he can do, Bill Clinton packed campaign venues across eastern Iowa and awed Democratic voters with a compelling case for his wife's candidacy.  He was unscripted, in-depth and generous.  —  He also was long-winded, misleading and self-absorbed.
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Scoffs at Clinton War Claim  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., scoffed Wednesday at former President Bill Clinton's recent claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning.  —  "Well if he did," Obama said on a conference call with reporters, "I don't think most of us have heard about it."
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Edwards floats anti-lobbyist (and Clinton) pledge  —  Pledges have become quite the rage in politics over the last decade or so — Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge most famously — but usually it's candidates who sign them.  Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards turned …
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Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Michelle Obama on Clinton: Been there, done that
Discussion: The Swamp
Reuters:
Venezuela Chavez: CNN may be instigating my murder  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday CNN may have been instigating his murder when the U.S. TV network showed a photograph of him with a label underneath that read "Who killed him?"
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Lott's brother-in-law indicted  —  Sen. Trent Lott's brother-in-law, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, a high profile trial lawyer best known for suing big tobacco and insurance companies, has been indicted on bribery charges.  —  Several media outlets are reporting the news about Scruggs …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Associated Press and WLBT-TV
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Totally Bizarre And Out of Line  —  This is deeply troubling: … I would feel differently if this were a private, party-funded event to pick the nominee — in that case, they can make you stand on your head for all I care.  But Virginia has an open primary that is funded by the government.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Hunter basically said that the military …
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Who Won?  —  Well, that was damn enjoyable.  Jonathan Martin …
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC cancels L.A. debate
Discussion: Don Surber
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High-Tech Drones Joining Miami Police Force
Lee Dye / ABCNEWS:
A New Way to Control Weight?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rudy on guns  —  Rudy seems to be getting some tough questions …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Matt / Think Progress:
Is Lott Negotiating A Future Lobbying Position In Violation Of Senate Ethics Rules?
Discussion: The BLT and The Next Hurrah
Joseph Bottum / Opinion Journal:
Trading Places  —  Will the secular left soon attack …
 Earlier Items: 
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Scott Lemieux vs. Ron Paul
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CNN:
Bush: U.S. cannot impose vision on Mideast
doubleplusundead:
Michael Barrett: Minnesota House Candidate, Vice-Chair of the …
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
9-year old suspended for 'hate crime'
Discussion: Right Voices
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A Hoax Turned Fatal Draws Anger but No Charges
rhrealitycheck.org:
Scientists Tell Pelosi: No More Ab-only Funding