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1:25 PM 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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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 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 …
The Note:
The Din: Afghanistan Looms for Obama, but Palin Dominates Another News Cycle
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.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Holder's Hidden Agenda, cont'd . . . — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
CNN:
9/11 mastermind, four others to face U.S. justice
Discussion: Wonk Room and GroupIntel
ABCNEWS:
But What if We Lose?  5 Gitmo Detainees to be Tried in NYC Civilian Court
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Annals of Our Broken Congress: Jobs Edition.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
Tennessean.com:
(2 of 2)  —  But Cooper said the Stupak amendment was essential …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and The Page
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 / 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 …
Discussion: Sense of Events and Neptunus Lex
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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%).
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.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Goldman Sachs: Insurance Stocks Would Drop 36% by 2019 with House Public Option
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday Senate Line: Depressed Democrats?  —  Two new Quinnipiac University polls released Thursday in Ohio and Connecticut provided sobering news for Senate Democrats.  —  In Connecticut, Sen. Chris Dodd (D), whose numbers experienced something of a resurgence over the summer …
Discussion: Firedoglake and race42008.com
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Polls suggest healthcare debate a boon to GOP candidates running for Senate
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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:
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.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules  —  Shortly before Barack Obama took office, leaders of a prominent Iranian-American group in Washington began to fret.  —  If the new president were to tap former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross to oversee the nation's Iran policy …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bloc of Senate Dems demands climate bill changes
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
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Michael Anton / Weekly Standard:
KSM Gets to New York
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama on the rise in North Carolina
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Lance Hernandez / TheDenverChannel.com:
Tancredo To Enter Governor's Race
David Alexander / Front Row Washington:
Making peace with the MILF
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Obama ‘risking Suez-like disaster’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Times:
In Tokyo, Obama Makes Concession on Marine Base
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's world record
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
ACORN: The LA Story, Part I
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Pajamas Media
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Get Us to 500 Donors, Or That's the Last You'll See of Lobster Girl
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel