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3:20 PM ET, November 13, 2009

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Key 9/11 Suspect to Be Tried in New York  —  WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, a federal law enforcement official said early on Friday.
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial  —  WASHINGTON — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused in the attacks will be put on criminal trial in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce later Friday.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Political Decision This Ain't  —  Here's what the Attorney General isn't doing.  He's not following public opinion, which generally opposes conducting any sort of 9/11 terrorist trial in the United States.  He's not following perceived political wisdom, in that the administration …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Holder's Hidden Agenda, cont'd . . . — By: Andy McCarthy  —  This summer, I theorized that Attorney General Eric Holder — and his boss — had a hidden agenda in ordering a re-investigation of the CIA for six-year-old alleged interrogation excesses that had already been scrutinized …
Michelle Malkin:
Bombshell: Obama bringing KSM to NYC for trial; former Bush AG Mukasey to respond at Federalist Society this afternoon  —  It's Friday.  The president is flying off to Asia.  Congress is not in session.  Perfect time to drop a bombshell on the American people:
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
So Now Khalid Sheikh Mohammad Is A 9/11 “Suspect”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pete King says court decision puts U.S. at greater risk of attack
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
ABCNEWS:
Five 9/11 Suspects in Gitmo to be Tried in New York Civilian Court
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Sarah Palin / Drudge Report:
HER TURN!  —  Chapter Four; Section 8, pages 255-257  —  By the third week in September, a “Free Sarah” campaign was under way and the press at large was growing increasingly critical of the McCain camp's decision to keep me, my family and friends back home, and my governor's staff all bottled up.
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Matthew Continetti / Wall Street Journal:
Can Sarah Palin Make a Comeback?  —  Her poll numbers among independents are strong enough to give her a chance.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I don't typically watch Oprah.  But I won't miss Monday's interview with Sarah Palin.  The appearance is supposed to be about Ms. Palin's new memoir …
Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin to Visit Fort Hood  —  Peter Wallsten reports on politics.  —  Grieving soldiers and families at Fort Hood, Texas, will get a visit from Sarah Palin next month as part of her national book tour, her publisher told Washington Wire.  —  The former vice presidential candidate …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Sarah Palin is dumb.  —  By her own words, Sarah Palin is dumb.  Here's the excerpt of pages 255-257 of “Going Rogue: An American Life”: … Why didn't you have a say?  There's that “really” hedging: You didn't really have a say.  You're pleading passivity and impotence but you want us …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Mediaite and CBS News
The Politico:
After spending binge, W.H. says it will focus on deficits  —  President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year's State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 - and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
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CNN:
Top White House Lawyer Pushed Out  —  TOKYO (CNN) - In the first major shakeup among President Obama's senior staff, CNN has learned that White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over the struggle to close the U.S. Military prison at Guantanamo.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Rep. Steve King: Bauer was hired to ‘erase tracks’ between Obama, ACORN
GOP.com:
Who Is Bob Bauer?  —  Obama Is Tapping Anita Dunn's Better Half …
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Free to Lose  —  Consider, for a moment, a tale of two countries.  Both have suffered a severe recession and lost jobs as a result — but not on the same scale.  In Country A, employment has fallen more than 5 percent, and the unemployment rate has more than doubled.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reconciliation could kill Stupak rider  —  Democrats will almost certainly kill the anti-abortion Stupak amendment in the process if they go to Plan B on passing a health care health care — using a filibuster-proof reconciliation bill — budget experts say.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Tennessean.com:
(2 of 2)  —  But Cooper said the Stupak amendment was essential …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More in U.S. Say Health Coverage Is Not Gov't.  Responsibility  —  Marks significant shift from the attitudes of the past decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%).
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Explaining Away Mass Murder  —  WASHINGTON — What a surprise — that someone who shouts “Allahu Akbar” (the “God is great” jihadist battle cry) as he is shooting up a room of American soldiers might have Islamist motives.  It certainly was a surprise to the mainstream media …
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Water Found on Moon, Scientists Say  —  There is water on the Moon, scientists stated unequivocally on Friday, and considerable amounts of it.  —  “Indeed yes, we found water,” Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator for NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, said in a news conference.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Jonas Dino / NASA:
LCROSS Impact Data Indicates Water on Moon
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Surprisingly Easy Medium-Term Budget Fix  —  Another thing to say about Doug Elmendorf's dislike of the disconnect “between the services the people expect the government to provide, particularly in the form of benefits for older Americans, and the tax revenues that people are willing …
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Ezra Klein:   CBO: Don't trust the CBO  —  It comes right there on the second page …
WPCVA.COM:
Danville TEA Party to burn Rep. Perriello in effigy  —  BLAIRS - In a move sure to spark controversy, the Danville TEA Party will close their “Fired Up for Freedom” rally by burning Rep. Tom Perriello and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in effigy in response to the passage of landmark healthcare legislation …
The Huffington Post:
Goldman To Private Insurers: No Health Care Reform At All Is Best  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Meet John Thune  —  Some days the Republican Party seems to be going crazy.  Its public image is often shaped by people who appear to have gone into government because they saw it as a steppingstone to talk radio.  —  But deep in the bowels of the G.O.P., there are serious people having quiet conversations.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's world record  —  It sounds tailor-made for a GOP ad:  —  Unemployment hits 9.4 percent.  President Obama flies to France.  —  Joblessness reaches 9.7 percent.  Obama jets off to Denmark.  —  The rate of those out of work soars to 10.2 percent.  Obama packs his bags for Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea.
Discussion: QandO
Jamie Dimon / Washington Post:
No more ‘too big to fail’  —  Our company, J.P. Morgan Chase, employs more than 220,000 people, serves well over 100 million customers, lends hundreds of millions of dollars each day and has operations in nearly 100 countries.  And if some unforeseen circumstance should put this firm at risk of collapse …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
White House to Begin Push on Immigration Overhaul in 2010  —  The Obama administration will insist on measures to give legal status to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants as it pushes early next year for legislation to overhaul the immigration system, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Friday.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, The Page and Truthdig
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Kristol Urges No Trial For Hasan: ‘They Should Just Go Ahead And Convict Him And Put Him To Death’  —  Law enforcement officials announced yesterday that Maj. Nidal M. Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the brutal attacks at Fort Hood Army base.
Rasmussen Reports:
Klobuchar Bests Franken, Bachmann Among Minnesota Voters  —  Minnesota voters give Senator Amy Klobuchar higher marks for job performance than her fellow senator Al Franken and Michele Bachmann, the congresswoman who has become a conservative lightning rod in the national health care debate.
Rasmussen Reports:
Toplines - Texas Republican Primary - November 11, 2009  —  Survey of 798 Likely GOP Primary Voters  —  1* How would you rate the job Rick Perry has been doing as Governor... do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he's been doing?
 
 
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Lance Mannion:
Stupak and the bishops, the bishops and me  —  Taking orders …
Discussion: RaceWire, Feministing and ATTACKERMAN
Gary Hewson / Big Government:
ACORN-The LA Story, Part II: ‘We knew we were gonna put in Obama.’
Washington Post:
Cooling the planet without chilling trade
San Francisco Chronicle:
Where are the real deficit hawks?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bloc of Senate Dems demands climate bill changes
Discussion: The Politico
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why do vampires attract so many readers and viewers?
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama on the rise in North Carolina
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
David Alexander / Front Row Washington:
Making peace with the MILF
Discussion: Wonkette and Blue Gal
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday Senate Line: Depressed Democrats?
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Catholic officials shouldn't forsake D.C.'s poor in gay marriage fight
Discussion: City Desk and NewsBusters.org
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Time for Dems to Panic?  —  A Gallup poll released yesterday showed …
Discussion: American Prospect and Unreported
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Obama ‘risking Suez-like disaster’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
In Tokyo, Obama Makes Concession on Marine Base
Discussion: Washington Post, MyDD and The Page