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2:50 AM ET, November 29, 2007


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Whiskey Fire
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 /
CNN Fails to Mention Retired Gay General's Endorsement of Hillary  —  UPDATE: Keith Kerr was known to CNN as a gay activist as far back as December 2003, when he was featured in this CNN article.  —  CNN, as part of its Republican debate with YouTube, failed to mention that retired general Keith Kerr …
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the CNN/YouTube debate: "Edginess," "elbows, "eh.  " Update: Romney's the Energizer candidate; Update: PLANT ALERT; The biggest stumble of the night award goes to...CNN; Update: The plants keep sprouting like weeds  —  Update: More plant excavation...Abortion questioner …
Campaign trail rancor carries into GOP debate  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) — The acrimony from the Republican campaign trail carried over quickly into the CNN/YouTube GOP presidential debate Wednesday.  —  With five weeks to go until the first contest of the 2008 nominating season …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CNN/YouTube Debate — CNN Wins (Update: A Major Error Mars Their Night)
Discussion: The Fix, MSNBC and
CNN Political Ticker:
Gay war vet presses candidate on gays in the military
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Garthwaite / TownHall Blog:
Hillary plants question in Republican debate
Warner Todd Huston / Stop The ACLU:
Hillary Plant in Republican CNN YouTube Debate?
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and Sister Toldjah
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 …
New York Times:
The Republican Debate  —  Following is a transcript of the Republican Presidential debate in St. Petersburg, Fla., as provided by the Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI  —  FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Transcript: CNN/YouTube debate Part I  —  Editor's note: This is part one of the transcript for the CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate.  To see the transcript of part two, click here.  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) — The eight candidates vying to be the Republican nominee …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Let's Play Gotcha At The YouTube Debate...Or Not
Trapper John / Daily Kos:
Dead Man Debating
Discussion: Eschaton
Sean Hackbarth / Fred File:
Liveblogging the CNN/YouTube Debate  —  Starting at 7:15 PM ET you can listen to the audio webcast.  Right click to open the link in a new browser window.  There will be commentary during commercial breaks.  —  Campaign spokesman Jeff Sadosky takes us behind the scenes.
Discussion: National Review and Flopping Aces
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Republicans debate: Whose show was it, after all?
New York Times:   G.O.P. Rivals Exchange Jabs in Testy Debate
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 …
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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Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Apology Not Accepted, Bill
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Live From St. Pete: Pics from the Debate II
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
High-Tech Drones Joining Miami Police Force
Wayne Barrett / Village Voice:
Rudy's Ties to a Terror Sheikh
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rudy on guns  —  Rudy seems to be getting some tough questions …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Is Lott Negotiating A Future Lobbying Position In Violation Of Senate Ethics Rules?
Discussion: The BLT and The Next Hurrah
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air LIVE! Tonight at 8 Eastern
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Scoffs at Clinton War Claim
Discussion: Hot Air, QandO and BitsBlog
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Scott Lemieux vs. Ron Paul
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Michael Barrett: Minnesota House Candidate, Vice-Chair of the …
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Totally Bizarre And Out of Line
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
9-year old suspended for 'hate crime'
Discussion: Right Voices
Faiz / Think Progress:
John Ashcroft: I'm Willing To Be Waterboarded