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9:00 AM ET, November 12, 2009


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Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN  —  Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views made him a TV lightning rod, plans to announce Wednesday that he is leaving the network, two network employees said.  —  A CNN executive confirmed that Mr. Dobbs will announce his resignation plans on his 7 p.m. program.
Lou Dobbs leaving CNN  —  New York (CNN) — CNN's Lou Dobbs is leaving the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, the controversial anchor and commentator announced on the broadcast.  —  “Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Dobbs Explains Decision to Leave CNN  —  The text of Mr. Dobbs' announcement about leaving CNN: … Mr. Dobbs then went to a commercial break.
New York Times:
Lou Dobbs Abruptly Quits CNN  —  Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel's most outspoken anchor.  Mr. Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Martha / Media Matters for America:   Statement on Dobbs' Resignation from CNN
Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Talking With Dobbs 'Bout Ft. Hood Terrorism on CNN:Pajamas Media vs. Nation Magazine
Jeff Poor /
Report: Dobbs to Resign from CNN; Last Show Tonight
Associated Press:
Official: Obama rejects war options  —  President seeks clarity on turnover to Afghan government, official says  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify …
Washington Post:
U.S. envoy resists troop increase, cites Karzai as problem  —  Cables sent as Obama weighs deployment options  —  The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until President …
The Huffington Post:
Official: Obama Does Not Plan To Accept Afghan War Options, Wants Handover Details  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify …
US envoy opposed to Afghan surge
Discussion: Informed Comment
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Hannity to Address Protest Video Questions  —  “The Daily Show,” which has become one of the media's prime monitors when it comes to calling out misuse or manipulation of video, caught the Fox News Channel and one of its hosts, Sean Hannity, Tuesday night, in what appeared to be a blatant example …
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Give Interview To Fox News  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Obama will give an interview to Fox News' Major Garrett, Drudge reports.  —  The interview will take place in China next week and comes just one day after it was reported that Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn …
D.C.P. / Media Matters for America:
Hannity video switch-up is only the tip of Fox News' video-doctoring iceberg  —  On his Fox News show, Sean Hannity misleadingly aired video from the 9-12 March on Washington while discussing Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) much smaller November 5 anti-health care reform rally to claim that …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Uh-oh: Jon Stewart catches Fox News' creative editing
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daniel Zwerdling / NPR:
Walter Reed Officials Asked: Was Hasan Psychotic?  —  text sizeAAA  —  Starting in the spring of 2008, key officials from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences held a series of meetings and conversations, in part about Maj. Nidal Hasan …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Perry: Obama ‘hell-bent’ on socialism  —  Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of “punishing” Texas and being “hell-bent” on turning the United States into a socialist country.  —  Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women's group …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
First peek: What's in Sarah Palin's new book  —  (UPDATE: An updated paragraph has been added below.)  —  Not that anybody even cares or clicked here on purpose or will gobble up every word because Sarah Palin isn't even Alaska's Republican governor anymore and her GOP presidential ticket lost …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
What's In Sarah Palin's Book
Shawn Macomber / American Spectator:
Fear of The Mother  —  In his eye-opening, astute new book …
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
Reliable Source:
When pundits attack: Choice words by Joe Klein, Jamie Kirchick end panel discussion  —  Jamie Kirchick, left, and Joe Klein.  (Courtesy Kirchick; Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  Now that's a panel discussion!  A debate between Time's Joe Klein and New Republic's Jamie Kirchick spilled off …
Discussion: Salon, First Draft and Vanity Fair
Paul Krugman:
The agony of Fox Business  —  James Wolcott is made of sterner stuff than I am: he actually has the fortitude to watch Fox Business, where the talking heads manage to find nothing but clouds in the silver lining of a huge stock rally.  To make their point they bring on such market experts as ... John Bolton.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama stares down Patriot Act criticism  —  The Obama administration is standing firm in its support of several George W. Bush-era Patriot Act powers in the face of sharp criticism from civil rights groups, liberal Democrats and a Dec. 31 deadline to extend key provisions of the bill.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Digby / Hullabaloo:
An Immoderate Proposal  —  I have a moral objection to paying for any kind of erectile dysfunction medicine in the new health reform bill and I think men who want to use it should just pay for it out of pocket.  After all, I won't ever need such a pill.  And anyway, it's no biggie.
Discussion: The Agonist
Aram Roston / The Nation:
How We Fund the Taliban  —  On October 29, 2001, while the Taliban's rule over Afghanistan was under assault, the regime's ambassador in Islamabad gave a chaotic press conference in front of several dozen reporters sitting on the grass.  On the Taliban diplomat's right sat his interpreter …
Discussion: VetVoice
Washington Post:
Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum  —  Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts  —  The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change …
Discussion: The BLT, AMERICAblog Gay and City Desk
Fox News:
'I'm Muslim First, American Second' - Former Classmate of Suspected Ft. Hood Shooter Recalls Red Flags  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” November 9, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: This is a “Fox News Alert.”
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James Pethokoukis:
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Ashley Judd / USA Today:
Without family planning . . .
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: Wizbang
Rasmussen Reports:
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