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11:30 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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Wall Street Journal:
Can Sarah Palin Make a Comeback?
Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
Rolling Out Sarah Palin's Side of the Story
Discussion: The Plum Line and Althouse
The Note:
The Din: Afghanistan Looms for Obama, but Palin Dominates Another News Cycle
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.
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 /
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.
Five Gitmo Detainees to be Tried in N.Y. Court  —  Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Four Other Suspects in 9/11 Attacks Will be Tried in New York  —  The alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and four other high-value detainees accused of plotting the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Someone at the RNC Must be Fired Over This.
Discussion: Moonbattery and TBogg
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.
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
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%).
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review Online
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?
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Now Rate Obama's Economic Performance As Poor
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Texas Republican Primary
Discussion: TPMDC, and GOP 12
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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Boston Globe:
FHA runs low on cash, fueling bailout concerns
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Polls suggest healthcare debate a boon to GOP candidates running for Senate
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Euro Zone Officially Out of Recession
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Van Hollen: 2010 Will Be Tough, But Not Fatal
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
In Tokyo, Obama Makes Concession on Marine Base
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Home-Purchase Index in U.S. Plunges to Lowest Level Since 2000
Discussion: Clusterstock
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
ACORN: The LA Story, Part I
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Pajamas Media

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