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9:30 AM ET, November 29, 2007


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Michelle Malkin:
Digging out more CNN/YouTube plants: Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers
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 …
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
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:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CNN/YouTube Debate — CNN Wins (Update: A Major Error Mars Their Night)  —  So the Republicans finally braved the CNN/YouTube format, and the most apparent result was that CNN and YouTube did their homework.  For the most part — with a few glaring exceptions — the network eliminated the silliness and stuck to substance.
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Jonathan Garthwaite / TownHall Blog:
Hillary plants question in Republican debate  —  It turns out that Keith Kerr, retired Colonel., U.S. Army; retired Brigadier General, California National Reserve, who submitted a YouTube question about gays in the military, is actually a member of Hillary Clinton's Lesbian, Gay …
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 …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Atlantic Online
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Battle in Florida  —  The eight Republican candidates for president engaged in a rhetorical free-for-all tonight with frontrunners and long shots alike challenging one another over their conservative credentials and seeming inconsistencies in past public statements.
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
CNN/YouTube Debate Features Hillary Plant
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Matt Towery / Southern Political Report:
SPECIAL ALERT  —  InsiderAdvantage Poll Of CNN/YouTube Debate And Controversy After Debate
Patrick Ruffini /
YouTube A, CNN F  —  A little after 1 a.m. eastern …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Thompson airs campaign's first negative ad
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Caucus
CNN Political Ticker:
Gay war vet presses candidate on gays in the military
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Brian McMurphy / Six Meat Buffet:   CNN: This Is Horticulture  —  The Home and Garden Network has nothing on Coop & Co.
Anita Lee /
Scruggs, son, others charged; read full-text of indictment here  —  A grand jury in North Mississippi has indicted Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, his son, Zach Scruggs, Scruggs Law Firm attorney Sidney A. Backstrom, attorney Timothy Balducci and former State Auditor Steve Patterson for conspiring …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Foes Use Obama's Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him  —  In his speeches and often on the Internet, the part of Sen. Barack Obama's biography that gets the most attention is not his race but his connections to the Muslim world.  —  Since declaring his candidacy for president in February …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration at Record Level, Analysis Finds  —  Immigration over the past seven years was the highest for any seven-year period in American history, bringing 10.3 million new immigrants, more than half of them without legal status, according to an analysis of census data released today …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:   Fate of the Know-Nothings  —  WHO WOULD HAVE guessed two years ago …
Hugh tries to get to the bottom of the Mansoor Ijaz-Mitt Romney controversy.  —  HH: We begin as promised with Mansoor Ijaz.  Mansoor Ijaz is the founder and chairman of the Crescent Investment Management Group.  It's an investment partnership in New York.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jerusalem Post:
'Stop treating me like a pariah'  —  "Stop treating me as a pariah," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Arab delegates at the Annapolis conference on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.  —  Livni and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to the summit's attendees …
Discussion: Power Line
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
And now a rebel flag?  —  So immigration, guns, God, gays and now the stars and bars?
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Bluey Blog
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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