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9:40 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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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 …
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."
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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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Murtha's surge comments a problem for Dems
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Murtha Says He's `Optimistic' About Deal on War Money
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Bush's Next Preemptive Strike
Discussion: Wolf Howling and Alternate Brain
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.
Discussion: TIME and Brilliant at Breakfast
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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:
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.
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Daily Mail:
Thousands of Islamic fanatics wielding knives demand jailed teddy bear teacher is executed  —  Thousands of Islamic fanatics wielding clubs and knives are marching through the streets of Khartoum demanding the execution of teddy bear teacher Gillian Gibbons.
Discussion: Telegraph, Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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CNN:
'Teddy bear' teacher gets 15-day prison term in Sudan
Discussion: Political Machine and Neptunus Lex
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 …
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Catherine Brahic / New Scientist:
'Beer fridges' present a gassy problem
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Don Surber
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 …
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
Adam Leech / Portsmouth Herald:
Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran … aleech@seacoastonline.com  —  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.
New York Times:
Iraq Lacks Plan on the Return of Refugees, Military Says  —  As Iraqi refugees begin to stream back to Baghdad, American military officials say the Iraqi government has yet to develop a plan to absorb the influx and prevent it from setting off a new round of sectarian violence.
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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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
David Margolick / Vanity Fair:
The Year of Governing Dangerously  —  Many thought Eliot Spitzer was the guy who could clean up Albany—until he went to war with almost every politician, of either party, in New York State.  Interviewing the governor, the author tries to make sense of Spitzer's troubling, tantrum-filled year.
 
 
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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
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War on Terror Update
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Oxygen Suppliers Fight to Keep a Medicare Boon
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
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FactCheck.org:
GOP YouTube Debate Flubs
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Brown called MoveOn.org "American insurgents"
Guardian:
Fraud, intimidation and bribery
Discussion: At-Largely and The Newshoggers
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 …