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1:45 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 …
Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
Rolling Out Sarah Palin's Side of the Story
Discussion: The Plum Line and Ta-Nehisi Coates
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
“AP Blows it in Palin Book Analysis”
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pete King says court decision puts U.S. at greater risk of attack
ABCNEWS:
But What if We Lose?  5 Gitmo Detainees to be Tried in NYC Civilian Court
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Holder's Hidden Agenda, cont'd . . . — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Michael Anton / Weekly Standard:
KSM Gets to New York
Discussion: Commentary
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
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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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
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Obama ‘risking Suez-like disaster’  —  Leading authority on counter-insurgency fears US is heading for ‘irresponsible’ fudge on extra troops  —  A key adviser to Nato forces warned today that Barack Obama risks a Suez-style debacle in Afghanistan if he fails to deploy enough extra troops and opts instead for a messy compromise.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama on the rise in North Carolina  —  Barack Obama's approval rating in North Carolina is headed in the right direction this month.  An equal 47% of the state's voters approve and disapprove of his job performance after PPP's monthly surveys from August through October had found his numbers in the red.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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Tancredo To Enter Governor's Race
David Alexander / Front Row Washington:
Making peace with the MILF
Discussion: Wonkette and Blue Gal
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Friday Senate Line: Depressed Democrats?
Discussion: race42008.com and Firedoglake
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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