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2:00 PM 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
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
'Gay question' general linked to Clinton  —  The retired general who asked about gays and lesbians serving in the military at the CNN/YouTube Republican debate on Wednesday is a co-chair of Hillary Clinton's National Military Veterans group.  —  Retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr was named …
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Rove's Frankenstein Moment  —  I'm not a fiscal liberal, or a supporter of the death penalty, or someone who believes that a candidacy for the presidency of the United States should be based on someone's religious faith.  So Huckabee is not for me.  But he is easily the most appealing candidate …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Two Hours of Humiliation  —  When the CNN-You Tube debate among …
Bryan / Hot Air:
At CNN, November is planting season; Update: Plant video edit added!
Discussion: snapped shot
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A powerful moment  —  A retired Army general, Keith Kerr …
Discussion: The Swamp, The Corner and Redstate
Mark Finkelstein /
Scarborough: 'Total Crap' CNN Didn't Know Gay Questioner Is Clinton Campaigner
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Bluey Blog
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pssst.  Pass It On  —  It doesn't matter if it's true or not.  It's "out there": … No, those aren't the opening paragraphs of a Townhall hit piece.  That's the Washington Post recycling anonymous wingnut email trash and calling it "rumors."  I guess we should be grateful …
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 …
Steven A. Camarota /
Immigrants in the United States, 2007
Discussion: Bill Hobbs
Crunchy Con:
Illegal immigrants: a welfare nation
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Subsidizing Immigration  —  My center released a new profile …
Discussion: USA Today
William Neikirk / Chicago Tribune:
Henry Hyde dies at 83  —  Henry J. Hyde — known for his courtly manners, oratorical skills and historical knowledge during 32 years as the conservative voice of the western suburbs in Congress — died today, according to the office of House Republican Leader John Boehner.  He was 83.
Discussion: On Deadline
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Debate: Winners and Losers  —  Last night's Republican debate in Florida provided plenty of fodder for folks like The Fix.  The candidates unloaded on one another time and time again, a sign that voting is just around the corner in crucial states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and MoJoBlog
Juan Cole:
McCain blames Rise of Hitler on Ron Paul Not Invading and Occupying …
Discussion: Think Progress
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Why Lott Cashed It In  —  Well-connected Republicans in Mississippi were shocked by more than the unexpected nature of Trent Lott's resignation announcement Monday.  They were stunned that Lott, in good health at age 66 and at the top of his game, was leaving the Senate just one year into his fourth term in order to make more money.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Klein's Source Was Hoekstra And Other Unforced Errors  —  [Please welcome Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU to discuss the pending FISA/RESTORE legislation.  As always with guests, please stay on topic and be polite — any off-topic discussions should be taken to the prior thread.  — CHS]
Discussion: Associated Press and ACLU
Jerusalem Post:
Hamas demands UN rescind '47 partition  —  Hamas on Thursday called on the UN to rescind the 1947 decision to partition Palestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs.  —  The group said in a statement, released on the 60th anniversary of the UN vote, that "Palestine is Arab Islamic land …
Discussion: A Blog For All and Israel Matzav
Mike / The Monkey Tennis Centre:
The self-loathing Brits who think teddy bear teacher deserves her fate  —  Other than among Islamic hardliners, you would think that the plight of British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who faces jail and 40 lashes in Sudan for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Mohammed, would elicit near-universal sympathy.
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Old Allies Abandon Chávez as Constitution Vote Nears  —  CUMANA, Venezuela — Few associates had been as loyal to President Hugo Chávez as the governor of the coastal state of Sucre, Ramón Martínez.  And few are now more determined to defeat Chávez …
Discussion: New York Times and neo-neocon
Eric Berger / Houston Chronicle:
Decisions to name storms draw concern  —  As season ends, some say center rushes to classify, which costs you  —  With another hurricane season set to end this Friday, a controversy is brewing over decisions of the National Hurricane Center to designate several borderline systems as tropical storms.
Washington Post:
Impeachment Is So Yesterday for Clinton, Rogan  —  Maybe there's hope for the Middle East, after all.  If Bill Clinton and one of the men who helped impeach him can make peace, why not the Israelis and the Palestinians?  —  In one of the more startling cases of odd bedfellows …
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Oxford lawyer indicted  — Scruggs among 5 accused in alleged judicial bribery  —  Multimillionaire Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs, portrayed in a 1999 Hollywood film about his legal fight against the tobacco industry, is facing federal charges of conspiring to bribe a judge handling $26.5 million …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Next Hurrah
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Discussion: QandO
Gadi Dechter / Baltimore Sun:
UB, Iraq university sign deal
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Court orders Bush administration to disclose telecom lobbying ties.
Frank Warner / Free Frank Warner:
For U.S. troops, this is the quietest November in Iraq
Discussion: Don Surber
G. Tracy Mehan, III / American Spectator:
The Virginia GOP's "Loyalty Oath"
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
U.S. GDP revised up to 4.9% for third quarter
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Leahy threatens White House with contempt
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. judge orders Bush to release records of telecom firm contacts
Leo Grin / The Cimmerian:
A Century of L. Sprague de Camp, 1907-2007
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
ACU President David Keene Endorses Romney
Eric Dienstfrey /