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10:15 AM ET, November 13, 2009

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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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Washington Post:
With early leak, Sarah Palin's ‘Going Rogue’ is off and running  —  The rollout for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's highly anticipated and score-settling memoir began Thursday with all the orchestrated stagecraft, wild accusations, inconvenient leaks and media fascination that characterized …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain official: Palin claim ‘one hundred percent untrue’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former senior campaign adviser to John McCain is rejecting Sarah Palin's claim that she was billed for the costs of vetting her before she was selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Sarah Palin And The Case Of The $500,000 Legal Bill
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Matthew Continetti / Wall Street Journal:
Can Sarah Palin Make a Comeback?
Discussion: American Power
On Politics:
AP: Palin details campaign tensions, sparks money dispute
Discussion: USA Today and Firedoglake
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Levi Johnston at Fleshbot awards: Sarah Palin ‘smart’ for not trashing me on Oprah
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.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Craig to Leave White House Counsel Job
Discussion: Theo Spark and American Spectator
The Politico:
Greg Craig steps down
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and The Page
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Craig out as WH counsel
Discussion: TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP Source: Gitmo 9/11 suspects to NY for trial  —  WASHINGTON — Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court, an Obama administration official said Friday.
The Politico:
RNC to opt out of abortion coverage  —  The Republican National Committee will no longer offer employees an insurance plan that covers abortion after POLITICO reported Thursday that the anti-abortion RNC's policy has covered the procedure since 1991.  —  “Money from our loyal donors …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RNC SUBSIDIZES ABORTIONS FOR 18 YEARS — AND COUNTING.... The debate over financing of abortions — the basis for the offensive Stupak amendment — is all about money being fungible.  Amy Sullivan explained the problem nicely recently: “The problem, they say, is that if any insurance plan …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting  —  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 …
Discussion: TPMCafe, Betsy's Page and TomDispatch
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Wall Street Journal:
Hasan to Face Death Penalty  —  Military Court to Try Major in Fort Hood Massacre; Inquiry Into Missed Warning Signs  —  Military prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was formally charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder …
Major Shawn Keller / Real Clear Politics:
An Officer's Outrage Over Fort Hood
Discussion: GayPatriot, Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
New York Times:
A Farewell to Lou  —  Lou Dobbs has left CNN, or maybe the other way around.  Whichever it is, an old, odd, infuriating-to-many mismatch of sober network and strident host is over.  CNN, for now anyway, changes back to something closer to the nonpartisan, straight-up news network it wants …
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Get Us to 500 Donors, Or That's the Last You'll See of Lobster Girl  —  Take a good long look at this blog post.  Do you notice a woman kissing a lobster?  For longtime readers of the site, Lobster Girl is a familiar, even comforting presence.  Now move your eyes to the upper right-hand corner of the main blog page.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Now Rate Obama's Economic Performance As Poor  —  Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters now give President Obama poor marks for his handling of the economy, the highest level of disapproval this year.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 39% believe …
Discussion: Power Line
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Home-Purchase Index in U.S. Plunges to Lowest Level Since 2000
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
ACORN: The LA Story, Part I
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