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8:00 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
CNN Admits Holes in Screening of Questioners  —  CNN expressed regret yesterday for allowing a Hillary Clinton adviser to ask a question at Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, even as controversy swirled about two other questioners who have declared their support for Democratic candidates.
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Redstate:
CNN's Performance Was Unacceptable.  There Should Be A Do Over of This Debate.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rudy calls billing 'perfectly appropriate'  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his senior aides Thursday blamed anonymous bookkeepers for his administration's practice of billing the travel expenses for his personal security detail to obscure city agencies.
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New York Times:
Giuliani Defends Spending on His Mayoral Security
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Giuliani's Mistress Used N.Y. Police as Taxi Service
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: RUDY'S NEW SHAG FUND EXPLANATION!
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Jerome L. Sherman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Murtha finds military progress in trip to Iraq  —  Warns that Iraqis must do more for their own security  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Murtha today said he saw signs of military progress during a brief trip to Iraq last week, but he warned that Iraqis need to play a larger role in providing …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hell freezes over: "I think the surge is working," says Murtha  —  Via Bill Amos.  I'm not giving you the direct link yet; I want you to watch this clip from July first so you can appreciate his ignorance, hypocrisy, and defeatism.  CNN had him on for reaction after lefty war supporters Michael O'Hanlon …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mandates and Mudslinging  —  From the beginning, advocates of universal health care were troubled by the incompleteness of Barack Obama's plan, which unlike those of his Democratic rivals wouldn't cover everyone.  But they were willing to cut Mr. Obama slack on the issue, assuming that in the end he would do the right thing.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE EDWARDS MANDATE....Both John Edwards and Hillary Clinton include "individual mandates" in their healthcare plans that require everyone in the country to sign up for coverage.  But what if you don't?  Today, John Edwards explained how his plan would deal with that:
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Open Left
A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Edwards: Garnish Wages If Needed to Cover All
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Surprise: Muslim YouTube questioner was former CAIR Intern  —  CAIR brags:  —  They taught her well:  —  See what others have said  —  Note from Michelle: This section is for comments from michellemalkin.com's community of registered readers.  Please don't assume that I agree with or endorse …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Candidate's 'Catch Me if You Can'  —  Reporters Following Hillary Clinton on the Campaign Trail Are Covered in Dust  —  CONCORD, N.H. — ABC correspondent Kate Snow was ready to push through the crowd and ask Hillary Clinton a question until an aide blocked the path of Snow's sound man …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Commentary
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Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Clinton bolsters faith cred at AIDS forum
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Guardian:
Fraud, intimidation and bribery  —  State workers forced to vote in effort to rig result for president  —  The Kremlin is planning to rig the results of Russia's parliamentary elections on Sunday by forcing millions of public sector workers across the country to vote, the Guardian has learned.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and At-Largely
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Michael Weiss / Weekly Standard:
Knight's Move  —  Kasparov resists Putin again.
Discussion: Wizbang
Fox News:
Study: Canadian Beer Drinkers Threaten Planet  —  Scientists have found a new threat to the planet: Canadian beer drinkers.  —  The government-commissioned study says the old, inefficient "beer fridges" that one in three Canadian households use to store their Molson and Labatt's contribute significantly …
John Mercurio / MSNBC:
Mercurio: The Three Kings of the Democrats  —  Candidates await Gore, Kennedy and Kerry endorsements  —  WASHINGTON - Forget about Oprah and Barbra.  When it comes to moving votes in the Democratic primary and shaping the race for the White House, there are only three Democrats left …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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FactCheck.org:
GOP YouTube Debate Flubs  —  Falsehoods, exaggerations and stumbles  —  The CNN/YouTube debate among Republicans lacked any talking snowmen, but we did note a few false and misleading statements by the candidates.  — Romney claimed New York called itself a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens.
John Solomon / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign Worker Discussed PAC Donations  —  Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign helped recommend several of the donations his political action committee made in recent months to politicians in key primary states as the campaign was working to secure endorsements, campaign officials said yesterday.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Associated Press:
Olmert to Haaretz: Two-state solution, or Israel is done for  —  WASHINGTON - "If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens …
John C. Hulsman / Opinion Journal:
A Man on a Mission  —  What's wrong with Michael Gerson's "heroic conservatism."  —  Michael Gerson, long praised (some would say over-praised) as President Bush's genius speechwriter, is also, it turns out, a would-be moral philosopher and political strategist.
Discussion: Punditry
 
 
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Adam Leech / Portsmouth Herald:
Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran
Eric Schlosser / New York Times:
Penny Foolish  —  THE migrant farm workers who harvest tomatoes …
Rasmussen Reports:
War on Terror Update
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
A New Push to Roll Back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: HRC Back Story
CNN:
'Teddy bear' teacher gets 15-day prison term in Sudan
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Bush's Next Preemptive Strike
Discussion: Alternate Brain
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Oxygen Suppliers Fight to Keep a Medicare Boon
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Brown called MoveOn.org "American insurgents"
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Romero / New York Times:
In Chávez Territory, Signs of Dissent
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
When the Sewage Seeps In  —  If it weren't already crystal clear …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Dialing the Republicans  —  I attended Frank Luntz's dial group …
The Atlantic Online:
Pushing the Envelope  —  Howard Fineman notes that all the energy …
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com:
Is Peter Osnos Withholding Impeachable Evidence For "Lucre"?
Discussion: MoJoBlog
US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Home > Nation & World > Washington Whispers …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again