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8:55 AM ET, November 29, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
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: MSNBC and Fausta's blog
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 …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Atlantic Online
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 …
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
CNN/YouTube Debate Features Hillary Plant
Discussion: BizzyBlog and
Patrick Ruffini /
YouTube A, CNN F  —  A little after 1 a.m. eastern …
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air LIVE! Tonight at 8 Eastern
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
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 …
Transcript: CNN/YouTube debate Part I
Discussion: Flopping Aces and
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Battle in Florida
Discussion: Redstate, Eunomia and
Eric Dienstfrey /
Discussion: MyDD and The Atlantic Online
Matt Towery / Southern Political Report:
SPECIAL ALERT  —  InsiderAdvantage Poll Of CNN/YouTube Debate And Controversy After Debate
Mark Preston / CNN:
Thompson airs campaign's first negative ad
Discussion: The Caucus
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:   Fate of the Know-Nothings  —  WHO WOULD HAVE guessed two years ago …
Trapper John / Daily Kos:
Dead Man Debating
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:   Grand Jury Indicts High-Profile Lawyer in Bribery Scheme
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
And now a rebel flag?  —  So immigration, guns, God, gays and now the stars and bars?  —  Is this the Upper East Side view of the GOP?  —  Talk about a caricature.  —  Conservative talk radio and righty blogs will be on fire tomorrow.
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:   Who Won?  —  Well, that was damn enjoyable.  Jonathan Martin …
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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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Hunter basically said that the military …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC cancels L.A. debate
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Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
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