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10:00 AM ET, November 30, 2007


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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.
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:
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
The evolution of John Edwards  —  John Edwards tells voters that there are still two Americas.  What Iowa caucusgoers must decide is if there are two John Edwardses.  —  Four years ago, the fresh-faced then-North Carolina senator defended his support for the Iraq war …
Discussion: MSNBC and TPM Election Central
Shoot UK teacher, say protesters  —  Thousands of people have marched in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to call for UK teacher Gillian Gibbons to be shot.  —  Mrs Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was jailed by a court on Thursday after allowing children in her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Michelle Malkin:
Thousands of jihadists want Mohammed Teddy Bear blasphemer executed …
Discussion: Press Association and Blogs of War
'Teddy bear' teacher gets 15-day prison term in Sudan
Discussion: Political Machine and Neptunus Lex
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Murtha's surge comments a problem for Dems  —  Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is working."  This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders …
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Murtha Says He's `Optimistic' About Deal on War Money
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's community of registered readers.  Please don't assume that I agree with or endorse …
Michelle Malkin:
CNN's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy  —  I wrote a piece for the NYPost published today on CNN's horticultural journalism (reprinted below).  Filed it before we learned about the CAIR intern.  CNN host Howard Kurtz quotes CNN senior veep David Bohrman bleating that they "bent over backwards to be fair."
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again  —  In almost every appearance as he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Rudolph W. Giuliani cites a fusillade of statistics and facts to make his arguments about his successes in running New York City and the merits of his views.
New York Post:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:   With Iowa tight, N.H. becoming Clinton's firewall
New York Times:
A New Push to Roll Back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Marking the 14th anniversary of legislation that allowed gay men and lesbians to serve in the military but only if they kept their orientation secret, 28 retired generals and admirals plan to release a letter on Friday urging Congress to repeal the law.
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 …
Catherine Brahic / New Scientist:
'Beer fridges' present a gassy problem
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Don Surber
Adam Leech / Portsmouth Herald:
Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran …  —  Check back mid morning on Friday for a photo gallery from this event  —  PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without Congressional approval.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
The art of the attack  —  Consider, if you will, a deceptively political question: Three sharpshooters step outside at high noon.  Each has a gun and a single bullet.  Only one heads back to the ranch alive.  So — who shoots whom?  —  In game theory, the scenario is called a "truel," a duel with three participants.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Immigration group: Huckabee a 'disaster'  —  Groups that support a crackdown on illegal aliens haven't settled on their champion in the race for the White House, but there's little doubt which Republican scares them most — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Discussion: Think Progress
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Banks Near A Plan to Freeze Subprime Rates  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and major financial institutions are close to agreeing on a plan that would temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime home loans, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Discussion: The Swamp, RGE Monitor and TigerHawk
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: Ben Smith's Blogs and Lynn Sweet
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Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Panel Rebuffs White House Privilege Claim
Discussion: cab drollery
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Rumors and Accusations Cast Shadows on Brown and Black Presidential Forum
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
A Case of Trial Lawyers v. Trial Lawyers
Discussion: The BLT
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI's Gun Ban Listing Swells
David Margolick / Vanity Fair:
The Year of Governing Dangerously
New York Times:
Iraq Lacks Plan on the Return of Refugees, Military Says
Rasmussen Reports:
War on Terror Update
 Earlier Items: 
John Mercurio / MSNBC:
Mercurio: The Three Kings of the Democrats
Associated Press:
Olmert to Haaretz: Two-state solution, or Israel is done for
John C. Hulsman / Opinion Journal:
A Man on a Mission  —  What's wrong with Michael Gerson's "heroic conservatism."
Discussion: Punditry
GOP YouTube Debate Flubs
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Brown called "American insurgents"
Fraud, intimidation and bribery
Discussion: The Newshoggers and At-Largely