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9:05 PM ET, November 11, 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.
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CNN:
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 …
Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Talking 'Bout Ft. Hood Terrorism on CNN:Pajamas Media vs. Nation Magazine
Mark Halperin / The Page:
What's In Sarah Palin's Book  —  Nervous and curious McCain-Palin staffers have been buzzing for weeks with speculation about what Sarah Palin has chosen to include in “Going Rogue.”  —  Books have begun being shipped out in advance of the November 17th release date.  Last week, some of Palin's associates received copies.
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Shawn Macomber / American Spectator:
Fear of The Mother  —  In his eye-opening, astute new book …
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
First peek: What's in Sarah Palin's new book
Discussion: Time, The Page and Moe_Lane's blog
Sarah Weinman / DailyFinance:
Sarah Palin's memoir: Why the math might not add up for HarperCollins
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Edge Ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote  —  Registered voters prefer Republicans for the House, 48% to 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections …
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Pew Research Center:
A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment  —  Obama's Afghanistan Rating Declines  —  The mood of America is glum.  Two-thirds of the public is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country.  Fully nine-in-ten say that national economic conditions are only fair or poor …
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Uh-oh: Jon Stewart catches Fox News' creative editing  —  Had CNN spliced footage of a sparsely-attended Capitol Hill rally to discredit the reports of large numbers of attendees to the 9/12 rally in September, conservatives would have rightly howled about media bias.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Democrat Ben Nelson Draws a Line in the Sand on Health Care  —  Nelson Won't Vote for Health Care Bill That Looks Like the House Version  —  In a warning sign for the White House, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska tells ABC News that he'll vote to block any health care bill that looks like the bill passed by the House.
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Ezra Klein:
The $900 billion mistake  —  Barack Obama has not given much in the way of specifics for health-care reform.  Few policies have been nonnegotiable and virtually none have been dictated.  The exception is a number that was neither nonnegotiable nor dictated, but was received on the Hill as if it was both …
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Robert Behre / Local News:
County Republican Party leaders censure Sen. Graham  —  The Charleston County Republican Party's executive committee took the unusual step Monday night of censuring U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for stepping across the GOP party line.  —  County Chairwoman Lin Bennett said the unanimous vote “is an effort to get his attention.
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Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
S.C. Senator Gets Slammed Back Home
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
What's Up With Keith Olbermann's Three Finger Salute to Carrie Prejean?  —  Last night on Countdown, Keith Olbermann did another in a long series of segments castigating former Miss California Carrie Prejean, but he added a little something extra at the end.
Maria Vitale / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
Unborn Child Was Fort Hood Shooting's 14th Victim, Obama Should Prosecute  —  LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for LifeNews.com.  She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast …
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Liberal Radio Host Blames George Bush, Bullying Muslims As 'Real …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
Four ways to end the filibuster  —  Steve Pearlstein wants to bring the filibuster back to its first principles: Ensuring unlimited debate.  His suggestion is to kill the filibuster but promise the minority that debate can continue until “a bill is passed or defeated or Senators agree to give up and go home.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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Rasmussen Reports:
Most Americans Favor Big-Screen TVs Over Energy Conservation  —  California is expected to implement energy-conserving regulations any day now that manufacturers and retailers say will in effect ban the sale of big-screen TVs in the state.  Other states are likely to follow the Golden State's “green” initiative in the months ahead.
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and Pundit & Pundette
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Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador dissents on Afghan troop increase  —  Strongly worded cables urge a pause until Kabul government shifts course  —  The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the last week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Vice President Biden's motorcade was involved in a fatal accident Wednesday  —  Two Secret Service employees driving along the Suitland Parkway struck and killed a man early Wednesday morning in the vehicles the agency uses to transport Vice President Joe Biden.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Paranoid Style  —  There are many ways in which the political moment (hyper-polarizing) and the technological moment (Twitter, instant news cycles) creates a self-perpetuating arms race of hyperbole.  On the other hand, some of these new publishing and communications systems do allow us …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Pelosi's victory for women  —  Sure, her healthcare bill is a mess, but her gritty maneuvering shows her mettle.  Plus: Gainsbourg and Gaga  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi scored a giant gain for feminism last weekend.  In shoving her controversy-plagued healthcare reform bill …
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Is The Washington Times' Continued Operation In Jeopardy?  —  Things seem to be going from bad to worse at the Washington Times.  And the continued operation of the newspaper, which is owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, seems to be in serious doubt.
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
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
DeMint tries to ban ‘permanent politicians’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint says Washington politicians are like fruit on the vine: the longer they hang around, the more rotten they get.  —  The South Carolina Republican - hearkening back to the days of the party's “Contract with America” …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Reliable Source:
When pundits attack: Joe Klein, Jamie Kirchick, choice words end panel discussion  —  James Kirchick, left, and Joe Klein.  (Courtesy of James Kirchick; Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  Now that's a panel discussion!  A heated debate between Time magazine's Joe Klein and the New Republic's …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Even Fox News Fact-Checks Palin's Claims About Dollar Coin  —  Sarah Palin's public pronouncements have now reached an amazing point — where even Fox News is fact-checking her.  —  As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted this evening, picking up on a Politico report, Palin said this past Friday …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Pawlenty moves raise questions  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is widely regarded as one of the Republican Party's rising national leaders.  The runner-up to Sarah Palin to be John McCain's vice presidential running mate, he is a conservative whose blue-collar roots, amiable personality …
Matt Friedman / Politicker NJ:
Former Eagles player is possible Adler opponent  —  Former NFL star Jon Runyan is a possible candidate for Congress against Jon Adler next year.  —  Now that the gubernatorial election is over, Republicans in Burlington, Ocean and Camden Counties are starting to focus on recruiting someone …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Hill
 
 
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
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