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8:40 AM ET, November 13, 2009


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Associated Press:
Palin: Couric was “Badgering” and Biased  —  Sarah Palin Writes in Book That There Were Tensions With McCain Aides; Criticizes “Evening News” Anchor Over Interview  —  (AP) The rumors are true, according to Sarah Palin: The McCain-Palin campaign was not a happy family.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Sarah Palin And The Case Of The $500,000 Legal Bill  —  The Associated Press obtained a copy of Sarah Palin's new book, and came away with several scooplets, including the following: … Without having read the book, and without knowing precisely what the AP is summarizing, it's hard to know what this charge entails.
Discussion: Mediaite and
On Politics:
AP: Palin details campaign tensions, sparks money dispute
Discussion: USA Today and Firedoglake
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin says she knew her 2008 Couric interview had gone badly
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.
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.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Mark Murray /
Craig out as WH counsel  —  From NBC's Chuck ToddNBC News has learned the long-rumored departure of White House Counsel Greg Craig will likely be made official tomorrow.  Craig will be replaced by veteran Democratic Party campaign attorney Bob Bauer.  This is the highest-level departure in the Obama White House this year.
Discussion: TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Craig to Leave White House Counsel Job
Discussion: Theo Spark and American Spectator
Washington Post:
White House counsel poised to give up post
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Who Would Be Most Impacted By The Stupak Amendment?
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Whose Team Is It, Anyway?
Major Hasan: Soldier of Allah; Many Ties to Jihad Web Sites  —  Officials Say Accused Fort Hood Shooter Used Multiple Hotmail, AOL Accounts for Overseas Contacts  —  United States Army Major Nidal Hasan proclaimed himself a “soldier of Allah” on private business cards he obtained over the Internet …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting
Discussion: TomDispatch and Betsy's Page
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.
Karl Frisch / Media Matters for America:
UPDATED: So, what really happened to Lou Dobbs?  —  So, what really happened to Lou Dobbs?  According to The New York Times: “Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs ...  [he] could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.”
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:
Among Obama Aides, Debate Intensifies on Troop Levels  —  WASHINGTON — The disclosure that the United States ambassador in Kabul has expressed written opposition to deploying more American troops to Afghanistan lays bare the fierce debate within the Obama administration over the direction of the war …
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.
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
Irish priest kidnapped in Philippines released by MILF  —  Filipino militants released an elderly Irish priest late on Wednesday night after holding him in captivity for 32 days.  Father Michael Sinnott had worked in the Philippines for nearly 33 years when six armed gunmen kidnapped …
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
Gates Angry About Defense-Related Leaks  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is normally a mild-mannered man, at least in public, but he unleashed a torrent on his plane on Thursday morning about leaks during the investigation of the Foot Hood shootings and President Obama's deliberations …
The Politico:
Administration plans to punish leakers
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
ACORN: The LA Story, Part I  —  Today I received a phone call from my friend, Gary H., who said that ACORN was staging a protest outside the Fox News studios in West Los Angeles.  I called someone at the Fox News bureau to find out that there were no protesters there, but quickly realized ACORN had gotten that wrong too.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Pajamas Media
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Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
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ABC News:
Digger dog found after Afghan adventure
Discussion: Wizbang
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Wash Times Announces Resignation Of Executive Editor John Solomon
Discussion: Romenesko and Wonkette
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