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4:15 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 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WORST PRETENSE TO AN IMPARTIAL NEWS ORGANIZATION: CNN, PART 2  —  Jim Vicevich alerts us to a few more Democratic plants at the CNN YouTube Republican candidates forum last night.  Adam Florzak asked a question on Social Security.  Jim comments: "Strange question, because he asked about paying back the social security trust fund?
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 …
Jill / Brilliant at Breakfast:
Nope.  No bias here.  —  Actual Washington Post headline:
Associated Press:
Sudan Sentences Teacher to 15 Days  —  KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - British teacher Gillian Gibbons has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense lawyers said Thursday.
Associated Press:
Briton convicted in Sudan blasphemy case  —  KHARTOUM, Sudan - British teacher Gillian Gibbons was convicted of insulting Islam for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense lawyers said Thursday.
Richelieu / Weekly Standard:
2008: The Year of the Upset?  —  I see my good friend, the distinguished neo-Jacobin Monsieur Kristol, has broken into his ample wine supply again and insulted the monarchy.  A weekend chained to the cheap seats at an Alabama tractor pull would seem fitting punishment for my rabble loving friend's imprudence …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Chicago Tribune vs. Time magazine  —  (updated below: Klein's GOP source outs himself  —  As I noted yesterday, The Chicago Tribune reprinted factually false excerpts from Joe Klein's Time column.  But unlike Time — which disgracefully continues to stand behind Klein's falsehoods …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Klein's Source Was Hoekstra And Other Unforced Errors
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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani: Web site report a 'hit job'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has called a story raising questions about the accounting of his security expenses while he was mayor of New York a "hit job."  —  Late Wednesday, reported city records …
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:   Giuliani's Mistress Used N.Y. Police as Taxi Service
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 …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Leahy: Bush Not Involved in Firings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate chairman acknowledged explicitly on Thursday that President Bush was not involved in the firings of U.S. attorneys last winter and therefore ruled illegal the president's executive privilege claims protecting his chief of staff …
Steven A. Camarota /
Immigrants in the United States, 2007  —  A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population  —  This Backgrounder provides a detailed picture of the number and socio-economic status of the nation's immigrant or foreign-born population, both legal and illegal.  The data was collected by the Census Bureau in March 2007.
Crunchy Con:
Illegal immigrants: a welfare nation
The Corner:
A Honorable American Moves On [Kathryn Jean Lopez]  —  NRO has sadly confirmed that Henry Hyde died at around 3 A.M. this morning.  —  He, of course, was recently a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but his infirmity prevented him from attending the ceremony.  His son attended in his place.
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
U.S. GDP revised up to 4.9% for third quarter  —  Corporate profits fall even excluding subprime write-downs  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy expanded at the fastest pace in four years during the third quarter, growing at a real annual rate of 4.9%, the Commerce Department …
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.
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Gadi Dechter / Baltimore Sun:
UB, Iraq university sign deal
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Washington Post:
Impeachment Is So Yesterday for Clinton, Rogan
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Court orders Bush administration to disclose telecom lobbying ties.
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For U.S. troops, this is the quietest November in Iraq
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The Virginia GOP's "Loyalty Oath"
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Oxford lawyer indicted
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Rove's Frankenstein Moment
Washington Post:
Bill Clinton's Claim of Opposing Iraq War From Outset Disputed
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