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1:00 PM 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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Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
The Most Busted Names In News
Discussion: The Autopsy
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BBC:
Sudan demo over jailed UK teacher  —  Crowds of people have marched in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to call for a tougher sentence for a UK teacher jailed for insulting religion.  —  Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was jailed for 15 days on Thursday after allowing children in her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
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.
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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 …
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The Politico:
Democrats: Voters shifting focus from Iraq  —  Congressional Democrats are reporting a striking change in districts across the country: Voters are shifting their attention away from the Iraq war.  —  Rep. Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee, said not a single constituent has asked …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Stem Cell Vindication  —  "If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough."  —  A decade ago, Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells.  Last week, he (and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka) …
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Michael Kinsley / Time:
Why Science Can't Save the GOP  —  No one is happier than I am about the latest development in stem-cell research.  Scientists in Japan and Wisconsin have independently figured out how to turn ordinary human skin cells into something like pluripotent stem cells.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Moonbattery
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 …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Obama, Bloomberg hold mystery meeting
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Faiz / Think Progress:
Card Rejects Rove's Claim That Congress Pushed Bush To War: 'His Mouth Gets Ahead Of His Brain'  —  Karl Rove asserted on the Charlie Rose show recently that it was Congress that pushed the Bush administration into war with Iraq.  "The administration was opposed" to voting for a war resolution in the fall of 2002, Rove claimed.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others  —  Relationship persists even when controlling for other variables  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
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.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
A surprise turn in Iowa's Republican race  —  Huckabee suddenly appears poised to challenge Romney to win the first GOP presidential contest.  —  DES MOINES — With 34 days remaining, the Republican presidential race in Iowa has broken wide open, as Mike Huckabee surges into contention with the longtime front-runner, Mitt Romney.
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.
 
 
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Ron Paul on track to be biggest fundraiser
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TIME
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Dean: "We are the party of America's future"
Shane Greer:
Putting Things Into Context
Discussion: The Corner
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
U.S. Special Counsel Says He Won't Provide Files
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
A Mixed Blessing for Aspiring Lawyers
Discussion: Law Blog and The BLT
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
A New Debate on Female Circumcision
Commentary:
Conservative, Or Just Plain Corrupt?
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Hallelujah!  New York Times Does An Epic Fact-Check Of Rudy's Multiple Falsehoods
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Donald J. Boudreaux / PittsburghLIVE.com:
A dollar dump? Not likely
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Why No Big Blogospheric Libel Suits?
Discussion: QandO
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
The evolution of John Edwards
Discussion: MSNBC and Iowa Independent
New York Post:
RUDY PIN$ BLAME ON NYPD
NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani campaign team backtracks on tryst talk
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Immigration group: Huckabee a 'disaster'
David Margolick / Vanity Fair:
The Year of Governing Dangerously
New York Times:
A New Push to Roll Back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'