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12:45 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.
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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 …
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.
Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Talking With Dobbs 'Bout Ft. Hood Terrorism on CNN:Pajamas Media vs. Nation Magazine
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 …
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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 …
BBC:
Envoy urges no US troop increase
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 …
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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  —  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
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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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 …
Shawn Macomber / American Spectator:
Fear of The Mother  —  In his eye-opening, astute new book …
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
Sarah Weinman / DailyFinance:
Sarah Palin's memoir: Why the math might not add up for HarperCollins
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 …
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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 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Edge Ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote
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: First Draft and Vanity Fair
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Source: Rev. Moon Son Went Rogue In Ordering Wash Times Shakeup  —  Hyun-jin Preston Moon, the son of Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon who controls the Washington Times, acted without his father's blessing in firing the top leadership of the newspaper over the weekend …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 Moderate Voice and The Agonist
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Airport rules changed after Ron Paul aide detained  —  An angry aide to Rep. Ron Paul, an iPhone and $4,700 in cash have forced the Transportation Security Administration to quietly issue two new rules telling its airport screeners they can only conduct searches related to airplane safety.
Discussion: ACLU
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.”
Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Will Pelosi Call DiFi's Reckless Bluff?  —  Sometime next month Time Magazine will announce their “Person of the Year,” and it should be obvious by now who best personifies 2009: Herbert Hoover. 80 years after he helped the nation slide into Depression with his austerity budgets and refusal …
 
 
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Matt Friedman / Politicker NJ:
Former Eagles player is possible Adler opponent
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and The Hill
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
DeMint tries to ban ‘permanent politicians’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers
 Earlier Items: 
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Democrat Ben Nelson Draws a Line in the Sand on Health Care